Story Submission Guidelines

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Dear Writer,

Are you looking to tell your story for The Better Because Project? Be sure to read through these guidelines we’ve put together for you. To get an understanding of what we’re looking for, we suggest reading some of the stories we’ve already published.

What we’re looking for:

  • Succinct, well-told stories complete with sensory details and a clear narrative arc that illustrate how your life is better because of what you learned from your mental health experiences. Begin with an “inciting incident,” then describe how your life has improved since that incident. A moment that altered your life might have come when you were suicidal, experiencing homelessness, hospitalized, had just received news of a breakup, or otherwise “hit rock bottom,” whatever that means to you.
  • Stories should be between 500 and 1,500 words
  • We welcome all kinds of essays and stories, but the main event driving post-traumatic growth, or a positive psychological change following adversity, should open the piece.

What your email should include:

Send an email to editors@thebetterbecauseproject.org with the subject line “Story Submission,” followed by your first and last name. In the body of your email, give us a two to three sentence synopsis of your story. This email is not your full story, it’s just a summary that gives us a sense of your writing style and the story you’d like to tell.

Once we receive your email, one of the editors will be in touch within three weeks. This opportunity is for anybody 18 years or older who has a story to tell. We encourage emerging and established writers to submit, as well as people who have never written their story before. This is an easy and non-threatening way to share your story for the first time or the millionth time. If you want your story to be published anonymously, just let us know. We want to work with you.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments! Our inbox is always open.

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Better Because Project Editors

P.S. If you’re stuck for ideas about your story, consider the following questions:

  1. What did hitting rock bottom look like for you?
  2. What does recovery look like for you?
  3. What have you learned from your mental health experiences?
  4. How do you feel you’ve changed for the better?

The Better Because Project

Stories of post-traumatic growth

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