Help to carry the message by contributing your story and experience to Grapevine!
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.
NOTE: We are always in need of stories of your experience on Steps 4—12 and on every Tradition. Thanks!
GV EDITORIAL CALENDAR 2013
January 2013—Young and Sober!
Did you come into AA at a young age? Stories by members who came into AA in their teens, 20s and 30s.
February 2013—How I Found My Higher Power
Your personal journey with Step Two. Did you struggle? Was it easy for you? What was your experience?
March 2013—Making Amends
Share your experience with your most memorable Ninth Step Amend.
April 2013—Bridging the Gap
Do you have experience with this service which helps connect alcoholics in treatment to AA meetings? How did it help you?
May 2013—Fun in Sobriety!
Have you been on any fun sober trips? Sky diving? Sober skiing? Game nights? Vacations? Share ways you have learned to have fun—sober!
June 2013—How the Steps Changed My Life (stories due by Jan. 20)
Tell us how the Steps (or a certain Step) helped you change and become a different person.
July 2013—The Prison Issue (stories due by Feb. 10)
Our annual issue of experiences of AA and hope in prisons and jails.
August 2013—Dating in Sobriety (stories due by March 15)
Share some of your experiences trying to date in sobriety. How did it go? What were some suggestions that helped? (Believe me, we all want to know.)
September 2013—Keep AA Safe for Everyone (stories due by April 20)
Protecting the newcomer, gossip, anonymity issues and what is shared at meetings, sexual (and financial) predators, banning (or not banning) disruptive members, making the meeting space safe for special needs members, etc, are all story ideas about keeping AA safe for everyone. Tell us your experience.
October 2013—Day Counters Issue (stories due by May 15)
Help new members by sharing your experience as a newcomer. What were the things (suggestions, slogans, tools) that helped you most?
November 2013—Classic Grapevine
Historical AA stories from the Grapevine archives.
December 2013—Sober for the Holidays (stories due by July 5)
With all the cooking and shopping and family gatherings, how do we stay sober and keep our cool through the holidays? Share your experience.
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July 2013: On the Right Track
Stories from those who've been there
July 2013: Loyal, Like Baking Soda
New to AA? Find sober support
July 2013: Father of the Bride
Giving it away to keep it
July 2013: Keeping Sobriety Fresh
- Personal Stories
AA's tales of recovery
July 2013: A Star Is Reborn
- Twelve Traditions
AA's guiding principles
July 2013: To Catch a Thief