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 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.


Grapevine Editorial Calendar 2017

JAN - Emotional Sobriety (Stories due Aug 5, 2016)
Now that you’ve been in AA for a while, how has your life become more manageable, peaceful, easier and free because of the program? Let us know. Give us some examples.

FEB - Making Amends (Stories due Sept 5, 2016)
Did you have an interesting Ninth Step experience to share? How did it go? Any surprises? Tell us your story.

MARCH - My Home Group (Stories due Oct 5, 2016)
What is special about your home group? How has it helped you? Tell us about the old-timers, events, and service there. Give us some examples; share some special memories.
             
APRIL - AA in Treatment Centers  (Stories due Nov 5, 2016)
Did you attend a detox or treatment center? Is that how you found AA? How did your experience in a treatment facility help you in your recovery? What things did you learn there about getting and staying sober? Do you now take AA meetings into facilities to give back? Bridging the gap? Share with us.

MAY - Diversity    (Stories due Dec 5, 2016)
When you first got to AA, did you feel different from everybody else? How did you learn to fit in? Did you feel too old, too young at first? Did you speak a different language? Were you the only gay member? Did you have special challenges? How did AA help you feel like you belonged?
What are ways your group supports or encourages diversity?

JUNE - Dating in Sobriety  (Stories due Jan 5, 2017)
Share some of your experiences learning to date in sobriety. How did it go? What were the challenges? What were some suggestions that helped? Any tips? (Believe me, we all want to know!)

JULY - Annual Prison Issue  (Stories due Feb 5, 2017)
Stories by members 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. We would love to hear your stories.

AUG - Carry the Message (featuring stories from winners of the 2016 Grow Your Grapevine event) (Stories due March 5, 2017)
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? Let us know!             

SEPT - Young & Sober  (Stories due Apr 5, 2017)
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 - AA in the Military  (Stories due May 5, 2017)
Did you ever serve in the military sober? Were you ever stationed overseas or on a ship while trying to stay sober? What were AA meetings like in the military? What were some of the challenges? Is that where you found AA? Share some experiences about being in AA while serving your country.

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

DEC - Service for the Holidays  (Stories due July 5, 2017)
December is a great time of year to reach out to alcoholics and do some service. What are some things you do to stay sober? What are the ways you stay grateful during December and New Years?) Share your experience!

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