Stories need not be polished to submit. While we appreciate great writing, Youshare’s emphasis is on raw, genuine stories.


Birth Stories

DEADLINE: Rolling submissions until September 2017

THEME: Birth Stories—Various countries and cultures around the world have different birthing philosophies and processes, but sometimes no matter how much you plan the circumstances change at the last minute. We want to hear your birth story. Did you give birth in a modern hospital surrounded by high-tech equipment, in the privacy of your own home attended by a midwife, or in a car, on an airplane, or somewhere else? How did that experience shape you?

GUIDELINES: A true, personal story around 800 to 2,000 words in length that fits the above theme. Previously published stories are accepted. Read full submission guidelines here.

WHY: We’ll publish your story on the Youshare Project website as part of this series.

HOW: Submit your stories through the Youshare Project website no later than July 31, 2016. To submit, register on the site by clicking the “Sign In” button on the top right of any page, then click “register” at the bottom of the pop up box. Once you’re signed in, you can submit your story through the website by clicking on the “Submit a Story” tab on the home page. Photo credit to Tim McCune


Transformed by Travel

DEADLINE: Rolling submissions until September 2017

THEME: Transformed by Travel—Describe a travel experience, either a single moment or an entire trip, that profoundly changed your life.

GUIDELINES: A true, personal story around 800 to 2,000 words in length that fits the above theme. Previously published stories are accepted. Read full submission guidelines here.

WHY: We’ll publish your story on the Youshare Project website as part of this series.

HOW: Submit your story through the Youshare Project website no later than August 30, 2016. To submit, register on the site by clicking the “Sign In” button on the top right of any page, then click “register” at the bottom of the pop up box. Once you’re signed in, you can submit your story through the website by clicking on the “Submit a Story” tab on the home page. Photo credit to Clare Black.


Mirror, Mirror

DEADLINE: Rolling submissions until September 2017

THEME: Mirror, Mirror—It’s easy to identify flaws in others, but rarely do we take the time for self-reflection. Tell us about a time when you took a good hard look in the mirror—literally or figuratively—and had a life-changing realization.

GUIDELINES: A true, personal story around 800 to 2,000 words in length that fits the above theme. Previously published stories are accepted. Read full submission guidelines here.

WHY: We’ll publish your story on the Youshare Project website as part of this series.

HOW: Submit your story through the Youshare Project website no later than August 30, 2016. To submit, register on the site by clicking the “Sign In” button on the top right of any page, then click “register” at the bottom of the pop up box. Once you’re signed in, you can submit your story through the website by clicking on the “Submit a Story” tab on the home page. Photo credit to Clare Black.


Divided

DEADLINE: Rolling submissions until September 2017

THEME: Divided—From the recent shootings of Black men and White police officers in the U.S. to Brexit to the terror attacks in Orlando, Istanbul, Paris, and across the globe, it’s impossible to ignore the many faces of division that exist on both national and local scales worldwide. But the nuances of division cross over into many areas of life—from socioeconomic standing to religion to sexuality, gender, politics, parenthood, and beyond. We want to know how division has impacted your life.

GUIDELINES: A true, personal story around 800 to 2,000 words in length that fits the above theme. Previously published stories are accepted. Read full submission guidelines here.

WHY: We’ll publish your story on the Youshare Project website as part of this series.

HOW: Submit your story through the Youshare Project website no later than August 30, 2016. To submit, register on the site by clicking the “Sign In” button on the top right of any page, then click “register” at the bottom of the pop up box. Once you’re signed in, you can submit your story through the website by clicking on the “Submit a Story” tab on the home page. Photo credit to lotzmana.


True Stories

DEADLINE: Accepted Year-Round

THEME: We’re always looking for stories about life-shaping events and experiences from writers of all skill-levels.

GUIDELINES: A true, personal story around 800 to 2,000 words in length that fits the above theme. Previously published stories are accepted. Read full submission guidelines here.

WHY: We’ll publish your story on the Youshare Project website, and you’ll join a growing global community of people who crave personal growth, hearing new perspectives, and connection with others.

HOW: Submit your stories through the Youshare Project website. To submit, register on the site by clicking the “Sign In” button on the top right of any page, then click “register” at the bottom of the pop up box. Once you’re signed in, you can submit your story through the website by clicking on the “Submit a Story” tab on the home page.