Editorial Calendar

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.

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!


GV Editorial Calendar 2014

January 2014—Young & Sober (stories due by Aug 1, 2013)
Did you come into AA at an early age? We're looking for stories by people who got sober in their teens, 20s and 30s.

February 2014—Emotional Sobriety (stories due by Sept 1, 2013)
Stories that illustrate the ways members use the tools of AA to gain serenity and peace and to enrich our lives after we've been sober a while.

March 2014—AA and Families (stories due by Oct 1, 2013)
Alcoholism is a family disease. Parents, siblings, spouses and children—AA has not just touched us, but also our families in many ways. Share your experience.

April 2014—We celebrate the Big Book - 75 Years! (stories due by Nov 15, 2013)
Stories about how the Big Book has enriched your life. Write about your favorite passage or chapter or tell us a unique story of how it helped you or your group.

May 2014—Special Needs Stories (stories due by Dec 1, 2013)
Stories by members who are wheelchair-bound, blind, deaf, ill or with other special needs. How AA reaches out to everyone. Share stories about your own journey or your group's.

June 2014—Happy Birthday Grapevine!
(stories due by Jan 5, 2014)
Grapevine turns 70! Share your experiences on how Grapevine has enriched your sobriety, your group, or the way you do service! Long-time readers, time to share your memories!

July 2014—Prison Issue (stories due by Feb 5, 2014)
Our annual prison issue features stories of how AA brings hope to the people in prisons and jails. Stories by prisoners and by those who bring AA meetings to them.

August 2014—Special Hispanic Issue (stories due by March 10, 2014)
Stories by our Spanish-speaking members … Share your experience.

September 2014—Getting Sober later in Life (stories due by April 10, 2014) Stories by members who came into AA in their 50s, 60, 70s—or later.

October 2014—My favorite AA Slogans (stories due by May 10, 2014)
What is your favorite AA saying or slogan? Tell us why and how it has helped you. Share your story.

November 2014—Classic Grapevine
Our favorite stories from the Grapevine archives.

December 2014—Sober for the Holidays (stories due by July 10, 2014)
With all the parties and shopping and family gatherings, how do we stay sober and keep our cool through the holiday season? Share your experiences.


GV Editorial Calendar 2013

 The deadlines for the following issues have passed.

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
Tell us how the Steps (or a certain Step) helped you change and become a different person.

July 2013—The Prison Issue
Our annual issue of experiences of AA and hope in prisons and jails.

August 2013—Dating in Sobriety
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
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
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
With all the cooking and shopping and family gatherings, how do we stay sober and keep our cool through the holidays? Share your experience.