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!

Grapevine Editorial Calendar 2020

JAN

 

Spiritual Awakening (Stories due July 20, 2019)
Share your personal journey with Step Two. How did you find your Higher Power? Did you struggle with Step Two? What helped you? Tell us your story.

FEB

 

Getting Through Adversity (Stories due Aug 15, 2019)
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 story.

MARCH

 

Emotional Sobriety (Stories due Sept 15, 2019)
Over time, how have we learned to use the tools of AA to gain serenity and peace? How have our lives changed because of sobriety? Share some examples of emotional sobriety in your life today.

APRIL

 

My Home Group (Stories due Oct 15, 2019)
Tell us why you love your home group. Why is it important to you? Describe the good times you have there. Which members helped you along the way? What have you learned there?

MAY

 

Getting Into General Service (Stories due Nov 15, 2019)
Ever been a GSR?...a DCM?...a delegate? Have you worked on area committees? Share the joys of doing this kind of service. It might inspire other AAs to do service beyond the group.

JUNE

 

Annual Prison Issue (Stories due Dec 15, 2019)
Did you find AA in prison? Are you involved in prison correspondence service? Do you take AA meetings into prison? Share your story about how AA brings hope into prisons and jails.

JULY

 

AA’s 85th Anniversary – AA Around the World (Stories due Jan 15, 2020)
The International Convention is upon us! We want to know what AA is like in other cities and countries around the globe. How is it different, how is it the same? Do you attend AA outside of the U.S. and Canada? Have you helped AA get started somewhere? Let’s hear from you!

AUG

 

Sober and Out (LGBTQ AA stories) (Stories due Feb 15, 2020)
Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or transgender AA member? Share your story about your journey in AA. What were your challenges and joys? What things have helped you get sober? Share some stories about your meetings, sponsorship, service, and fellowship.

SEPT

 

Young & Sober (Stories due March 15, 2020)
Did you come into AA at an early age? What was that like? What were the challenges and joys of coming in early? Do you attend to young people’s AA events? We’re looking for stories by people who got sober in their teens, 20s, and 30s. Share your experience.

OCT

 

Money (Financial Insecurity)  (Stories due April 15, 2020)
How has your relationship with money changed since your drinking days? How have the tools of AA (or the literature) helped you when it comes to finances? Did you make financial amends? How does your group spend money? How does your district or area? Share your experiences.

NOV

 

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

DEC

 

Remote Communities & Holiday Stories (Stories due June 15, 2020)
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 AA stories with us!

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

 

African-American Alcoholics in AA  (Stories due Feb 10, 2019)
Share your story. What has your journey in AA been like? How did you find AA? Tell us about your homegroup. What have been some of your challenges?

Carry the Message (f of the 2018 Subscription Challenge)  (Stories due Feb 10, 2019)
What are the ways you (or your group … or your area) use Grapevine and La Viña to carry the message to alcoholics? How has it helped your sobriety?

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 and30s. 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!

 

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