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Writers guidelines for survival book

April 23, 2013

Tags: Writers Guidelines, Survival stories

I had a request from a writer looking for guidelines for my latest book in the Miracles & Moments of Grace series, Inspiring Stories of Survival. She was looking on my website and -- lo and behold! -- they weren't there. Big omission on my part!

So here they are, the guidelines. I hope you have a story to submit!

Miracles & Moments of Grace Writers Guidelines

Miracles & Moments of Grace is an anthology series published by Leafwood Publishers (Abilene, Texas). Nancy B. Kennedy is the series editor. Thus far, the series comprises three titles: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains (2011), Inspiring Stories from Doctors (2012) and Inspiring Stories from Moms (2013).

The fourth book in the series is subtitled Inspiring Stories of Survival and will release in 2014. The book will contain fifty brief stories.

Survival can mean many things: medical crises, a difficult childbirth, military experiences, marriages that survive tragedy, accident or crime victims, adventure stories (e.g., hikers lost in a storm), personal triumph, etc. We are also looking for softer stories or humor pieces.

The stories are similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul stories in that they evoke powerful emotions in readers. Their writers guidelines are here. They are true stories told in the first person and run about 800-1,000 words. Many storytellers speak of miracles, and expressions of faith are welcome, although not required.

To read some sample stories, "Click to Look Inside" on the Amazon pages of books in the series:
Moms
Doctors
Chaplains

Although writers are welcome to contribute, no one has to be a writer to participate. Nancy writes many of the stories herself. The stories have varied origins: excerpts from books, expanded blog posts, reprints, original work, ghostwritten pieces, or just about any iteration of collaboration you can name. Leafwood Publishers cannot offer compensation but will send you a copy of the book when it is released and offers a discount to contributors who wish to buy additional copies. Also, the brief bio that follows each story is a great place to bring attention to other writing credits, books, blogs, careers, volunteer work and ministries. Nancy also talks up her contributors on her social media sites.

The deadline for stories has not been set, as the exact publication date is not yet known. Stories will be accepted for at least the next five or six months. Of course, the sooner the better! To submit a story or an idea for the book, please contact Nancy B. Kennedy at kennedy5961@aol.com. Thank you for considering the Miracles & Moments of Grace series.