Submissions Guidelines

Check out our submissions guidelines. Easy to follow!

  • Do you want to write your own story, or would you like us to write it for you? You Submissions Guidelinesdecide!
  • If you want us to write it, we can interview you by email, phone or Skype. Just let us know the best way on our contact form.
  • And to help us prepare to talk with you, please jot down a few notes about your story in the message box on our contact form. (For contests, we request you write your own story.)

For stories you write:

  • Please submit original true stories. ( We do not publish fiction.) Please do not submit someone else’s work from the Internet (or from any other place or person). We do not publish plagiarized works. Here’s a link to help you understand plagiarism.
  • We do not publish stories that appear to be spam or promotional content or contain profanity, sexually explicit content or pornography.

 Guidelines for writing your story:

  1. How long should your story be? Perhaps you can tell your story in 100 words, 600 to 800 words, or somewhere in between. You decide. 
  2. Your story will reach a large audience. Someone you know might read your story. Will your story cause a problem for someone you know or care about? If so, please talk with the person before submitting your story. Perhaps you may need to change your name or theirs. **See Pen Names under “News You Can Use” below. 
  3. Defamation is any statement, written or spoken, that hurts someone’s reputation. Check this link to make sure we do not upset someone.
  4. Write in first person. The story may be your own story or the story of someone close to you. Make sure you have that person’s permission if you choose to tell someone else’s story.
  5. Start with “action.”  Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to write. Do not end it with a paragraph explaining what you just wrote.
  6. Include enough facts so that readers will know what happened. Description and dialogue? They help make the story come alive, allowing your readers to feel as if they were there. Use them when you can. When you finish the story, read it aloud to yourself several times. Each time, edit it until you find the right words to let your readers discover who you are.
  7. Unlike Twitter and Facebook, we do not publish texts, tweets or chats. Please avoid abbreviations like u (for you), lol, omg and so on.
  8. Throughout your story, including the beginning, avoid terms such as “well,” “you know,” “okay,” “anyway,” “she’s like,” “like,”  etc.
  9. Before you submit the story, check your spelling. You  can use an online dictionary or the old-fashioned kind.
  10. Personalize with pictures. Submit your photo and photos of others in your story. Be sure to tell us who is who. You must own the copyright or have legal permission to use any media files that you submit so that we can legally publish them.
  11. Need grammar help? Check out hints from Oxford Dictionary.
  12. Remember: We are here for you! Our editors will check spelling, grammar, and punctuation, using the Associated Press Stylebook. They may also suggest word changes to make sure your story conveys its meaning clearly. If editors have any questions, they will contact you. We will help you present the best story to your readers. We promise!

News you can use:

  1. We republish stories. We are happy to publish stories that someone else has published either online or in print, if they meet our guidelines. Please tell us where the story originally appeared so that we may credit the publisher when we reprint your story.
  2. Pen Names: You may use a pen name for your story if you believe publishing under your own name would be difficult for you or for someone you know. When you submit your story, please enter your real name on the submission form; we will not divulge it to anyone.
  3. Writers must be at least 13 to publish a story. In addition, if you are under 18, please do not divulge personal information that could identify you. (Please see our Privacy link at the bottom of the page for information about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA.)
  4. Thinking of entering a contest? If you think you might submit your story to a contest, please check to make sure that our publishing it will not void your chance of entering the contest. We have editors; people who run writing contests and want unpublished stories consider publication on a “curated blog” (one with an editor) to be publication.

Choose from these categories to submit your stories:

  • animals
  • city life
  • college
  • contests
  • crime
  • facing adversity
  • family
  • famous (or infamous) people
  • financial problems
  • friendship
  • grandchildren
  • holidays
  • hope
  • humorous events
  • ideas that have made a difference
  • jobs
  • Joy
  • kids
  • life- altering events
  • life’s moments
  • life’s ups and downs
  • love
  • marriage
  • memories
  • military
  • music
  • mysterious happenings
  • people who’ve influenced your life
  • school life
  • small town living
  • spirituality
  • sports
  • suicide
  • travel
  • vacations, trips
  • unusual occurrence
  • war
  • young adult – teens
  • other (not sure? use this category)

Click here to submit your unique true story, or click Share Your Story! on our menu.

Questions? Click here, and we’ll be happy to help.

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