Editorial Calendar


Help to carry the message by contributing your story and experience to Grapevne!

Each month, Grapevine publishes stories on special topics as well as for departments such as Emotional Sobriety, Sponsorship, Newcomers, Youth Enjoying Sobriety, Old-Timers and Home Group. Each issue also includes a story on the Traditions and the Steps. But you are not confined to these topics. The editors are always looking for innovative material, as long as it relates to AA experience and reflects an awareness of AA's singleness of purpose. Click here to submit your story.

Important: Since it takes considerable time to select and edit and produce each issue, if you are writing about a particular month's theme, we will need your stories no later than 5 months before that issue comes out.
Read the submission guidelines here.

NOTE: We are always in need of stories of your experience on Steps 4—12 and on every Tradition. Thanks!

Grapevine Editorial Calendar 2019

JAN

 

Stories for Day Counters  (Stories due July 20, 2018)
What are the things that helped you when you were very new to AA? How did your sponsor help? Did literature help? Which suggestions or slogans helped you most? Share your newcomer stories!

FEB

 

Old-timers Issue  (Stories due Aug 20, 2018)
Let’s hear from our long-time members! What was AA like when you came in? What have you learned over the years? What have been your greatest challenges and joys? Share your stories.

MARCH

 

What’s On Your Mind?  (Stories due Sept 10, 2018)
Have thoughtful ideas about meetings, sponsorship, sobriety, Traditions or anything AA? Tell us how you really feel. “What’s On Your mind?” is one of our most popular columns. This is your chance to share exactly what’s on your mind. We want to know.

APRIL

 

Relapsing  (Stories due Oct 10, 2018)
What was your experience with relapsing? Did you relapse more than once? What finally helped you? What did you learn? How do you stay sober today? Share with us.

MAY

 

Favorite Big Book Memories  (Stories due Nov 10, 2018)
Grapevine celebrates 80 wonderful years of our Big Book! What are your favorite Big Book stories or memories? What is your favorite section or passage? How did it help you as a newcomer? Feel free to include photos of your well-worn Big Book!

JUNE

 

Letting Go of Resentments  (Stories due Dec 10, 2018)
We’re looking for examples of how members have used the Steps and tools of the program to let go of resentments. Share your stories with us.

JULY

 

Annual Prison Issue  (Stories due Jan 10, 2019)
Share your stories about how AA brings hope into prisons and jails. Stories by prisoners and by those who bring AA meetings to them, or those involved in prison correspondence.

AUG

 

Carry the Message (featuring stories from winners of the 2018 Subscription Challenge(Stories due Feb 10, 2019)
What are the ways you (or your group) use Grapevine and La Viña to reach alcoholics in treatment centers, jails and prisons, doctor’s offices or to homebound members? What ways do you use Grapevine in your home group or area? How has it helped you? Let us know!

SEPT

 

Young & Sober  (Stories due March 10, 2019)
Did you come into AA at an early age? What was that like? We’re looking for stories by people who got sober in their teens, 20s and 30s. Share your experience.

OCT

 

Accessibilities  (Stories due April 10, 2019)
Stories by members who are wheelchair bound, blind, deaf, ill or with any kind of special situation that might impair the ability to attend AA. What are the challenges and what are some solutions you have found? Do you do service in this area? Please share your (or your group’s) stories.

NOV

 

Classic Grapevine
Our favorite stories from the AA Grapevine Story Archive.

DEC

 

Remote Communities & Holiday Stories  (Stories due June 10, 2019)
December is a great time of year to reach out to alcoholics and do some service. Are you far away from AA meetings? Are you a loner? Tell us how you stay sober? Are you involved in Remote Community service? Also: Share some wonderful sober holiday stories with us!

Grapevine Editorial Calendar 2018

JAN

 

Sponsorship  (stories due July 5, 2017)
Share your experiences of sponsoring others or of being sponsored. What are some of the things you learned? What things do you now pass on? Share your story.

FEB

 

Staying Sober Through Adversity  (stories due Aug. 5, 2017)
A serious illness, divorce, the death of a loved one, a house fire, loss of a job, bankruptcy … how do we stay sober through tough times? Send us your stories.

MARCH

 

Families and AA  (stories due Sept. 5, 2017)
Are any other members of your family alcoholic? Are any of them in AA? Did you find out about the program through a family member? Do you go to meetings together? Are your children heavy drinkers? How do you cope? Share your family recovery stories.

APRIL

 

Bridging the Gap  (stories due Oct. 5, 2017)
Do you have any experience with Bridging the Gap (BTG) service? Did BTG help you get to your first AA meeting? How has doing this kind of service helped your sobriety? Tell us your story.

MAY

 

How the Steps Changed My Life  (80 Years!)  (stories due Nov. 5, 2017)
Our Twelve Steps turn 80 this year! Tell us how the Steps have changed your life and enriched your sobriety. Give some examples. Share your stories.

JUNE

 

Sober Travel  (stories due Dec. 5, 2017)
Share your stories of staying sober while traveling on trains, planes and in far away places. Was it difficult to find meetings? What lengths did you go to stay sane and sober? Share things that helped you.

JULY

 

Prison Issue  (stories due Jan. 5, 2018)
Did you find AA in prison or jail? Do you bring AA meetings in to prisoners? Share your stories of finding and sharing hope behind the walls. Also, we’re looking for stories by members involved in prison correspondence. We would love to hear your stories. 

AUG

 

Carry the Message (feat winners of the Four Seasons Challenge)  (stories due Feb. 5, 2018)
What are the ways you (or your group) use Grapevine and La Vina to reach alcoholics in treatment centers, jails and prisons, doctor’s offices or to homebound members? How do you use the Grapevine website or Story Archive to help carry the message? What ways do you use Grapevine in your home group or area? What kind of service helps you most? Let us know!

SEPT

 

Young & Sober (ICYPAA turns 60!)  (stories due March 5, 2018)
Did you come into AA at an early age? What was that like? We’re looking for stories by people who got sober in their teens, 20s and 30s. Also, ICYPAA celebrates 60 years! Do you go to young people’s AA conferences? How have they helped you? Share your experience.

OCT

 

AA in the Workplace  (stories due April 5, 2018)
How do the tools of AA help you navigate day to day on your job? Give examples. How different are you now at your job than when you were drinking? What’s it like to be a worker among workers? Please share your experiences.

NOV

 

Classic Grapevine
Our favorite stories from the AA Grapevine Story Archive. 

DEC

 

Sober for the Holidays (also Remote Communities stories)  (stories due June 5, 2018)
Send us your sober holiday stories. What are the ways you stay sane and grateful during December and New Years? How do you navigate holiday parties and family gatherings? What service do you do during the holidays? Also, do you live in a remote community? Is it difficult to find AA meetings where you live? Tell us how you keep in contact with other AA members and work the AA program with this challenge. Share your experience.

 

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