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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!

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Grapevine Editorial Calendar 2022

  • JANUARY
    Stories for Day Counters (stories due July 15, 2021)
    What are the things that helped you when you were very new to AA? How did your sponsor help? Did literature help? Which tips, suggestions or slogans helped you most? Share your newcomer stories!
     
  • FEBRUARY
    Getting Through Tough Times (stories due Aug 15, 2021)
    A serious illness, divorce, the death of a loved one, a house fire, loss of a job, bankruptcy…How do we stay sober through adversity? Send us your story. Tell us how you stayed sane and sober.
     
  • MARCH
    Emotional Sobriety (stories due Sept. 15, 2021)
    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
    What’s On Your Mind? (stories due Oct. 15, 2021)
    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.
     
  • MAY
    Twelve Concepts—60 Years! & Getting into General Service (stories due Nov. 15, 2021)
    Share examples you’ve seen of the Concepts in action in your service life. What are the things you have learned? Ever been a GSR?...a DCM?...a delegate? Have you worked on area committees? Share the joys of doing this kind of service. It just might inspire others!
     
  • JUNE
    Oldtimers (stories due Dec. 15, 2021)
    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.
     
  • JULY
    Prison Issue (stories due Jan. 15, 2022)
    We’re looking for stories of hope about AA in prisons and jails. Stories by incarcerated members and by those who bring AA meetings to them. Are you involved in correspondence service or prison sponsorship? We would love to hear your stories.
     
  • AUGUST
    Sober Travel (stories due Feb. 15, 2022)
    How do you stay sober while traveling on trains, planes and in faraway places? Vacations, business trips or moving away to another town. How did you find AA meetings? Tell us about them. Have you had any close calls? Share the tools that helped you stay sober on the road.
     
  • SEPTEMBER
    Young & Sober (stories due March 15, 2022)
    Did you come into AA at an early age? What was that like? Do you go to Young People’s AA (YPAA) meetings, dances and Conferences? How have they helped you? Share your experience!
     
  • OCTOBER
    Relapsing (stories due April 15, 2022)
    What was your experience with relapsing? Did you relapse more than once? What did you learn about yourself? What finally helped you? How do you stay sober today? Share with us.
     
  • NOVEMBER
    Classic Grapevine
    Our favorite stories from the AA Grapevine Story Archive. 
     
  • DECEMBER
    Remote Communities Experiences (& Staying Sober through the Holidays!) (stories due June 15, 2022)

    Do you live far from AA meetings? Are you a loner? Stationed far away? Do you have a language or cultural barrier? Are you homebound? Do you use online meetings? Is it difficult to find AA meetings where you live? Tell us how you stay sober. Are you involved in Remote Community service? Also, December is a great time of year to reach out to alcoholics and help others. What are the ways you stay sane and grateful during the holidays and New Year’s? How do you navigate holiday parties and family gatherings? Share your best sober holiday stories!

 

Grapevine Editorial Calendar 2021

  • JANUARY
    Oldtimers (stories due July 15, 2020)
    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.
     
  • FEBRUARY
    Sponsorship (stories due Aug 15, 2020)
    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.
     
  • MARCH
    Making Amends (stories due Sept. 15, 2020)
    Did you have a particularly interesting or difficult Ninth Step experiences? How did it go? Any surprises? How did your sponsor help you? How did it change you? Share your story
     
  • APRIL
    Fun in Sobriety (stories due Oct. 15, 2020)
    We’re not a glum lot. Been on any fun sober trips? How about camping, skiing, skydiving, dancing, collecting, reading, cooking, volunteering? What about service events, new hobbies, game nights, sober vacations? Share your sober adventures! Let’s hear from you!
     
  • MAY
    How the Steps Changed My Life (stories due Nov. 15, 2020)
    Pick a Step and share your experiences with it. Four? Five? Eight? Eleven? Tell us how that Step changed you and enriched your life. Give examples. Share your stories.
     
  • JUNE
    Dating & Relationships (stories due Dec. 15, 2020)
    Share your experiences learning to date in sobriety. How did it go? What were your challenges? Any tips? Share what you’ve learned about having sober relationships. How have you changed?
     
  • JULY
    Prison Issue (stories due Jan. 15, 2021)
    Stories by members about how AA brings hope into prisons and jails. Stories by prisoners and by those who bring AA meetings to them. Involved in correspondence service or prison sponsorship? We would love to hear your stories.
     
  • AUGUST
    Sober Seniors (stories due Feb. 15, 2021)
    What are some challenges you have getting older in AA? Are you in assisted living? How do you get to AA meetings? How do you stay connected to the Fellowship? Did you get sober later in life? Do you do service reaching out to senior members? Share your experiences.
  • SEPTEMBER
    Young & Sober (stories due March 15, 2021)
    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. Do you go to Young People’s AA meetings and Conferences? How have they helped you? Share your experience!
     
  • OCTOBER
    Cooperation With Professionals (CPC) (stories due April 15, 2021)
    Have you participated in CPC service (providing doctors, therapists, clergy, lawyers, parole officers, and other professionals information about AA)? Share your experiences. Did a professional help you find your way to AA because of CPC service work?
     
  • NOVEMBER
    Classic Grapevine
    Our favorite stories from the AA Grapevine Story Archive. 
     
  • DECEMBER
    Remote Communities Experiences (& Staying Sober through the Holidays!) (stories due June 15, 2021)
    Do you live far from AA meetings? Are you a loner? Stationed far away? Do you have a language or cultural barrier? Are you homebound? Is it difficult to find AA meetings where you live? Tell us how you stay sober. Are you involved in Remote Community service? Share your experiences. Also, December is a great time of year to reach out to alcoholics and help others. What are the ways you stay sane and grateful during the holidays and New Year’s? How do you navigate holiday parties and family gatherings? Share your best sober holiday stories!