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 2021
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
Sober Travel (stories due Feb. 15, 2021)
How do you stay sober while traveling on trains, planes and in faraway places? Vacations, business trips or moving away to another town. Was it difficult to find meetings? Have you had any close calls? Share the tools that helped you stay sober.
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!
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?
Our favorite stories from the AA Grapevine Story Archive.
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!
Grapevine Editorial Calendar 2020
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Our favorite stories from the AA Grapevine Story Archive.
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!