Call for Submissions: Stories of Secular Recovery
Recovery stories provide evidence that freedom from addiction is possible. In early 2016, LifeRing Secular Recovery plans to publish a collection of recovery stories that have been shaped by secular tools, practices, and concepts. If you are in recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs, and your recovery is supported in a secular way, LifeRing Press wants to hear from you.
We hope our volume will represent many kinds of personal experiences and viewpoints with stories authored by a wide variety of individuals who are in recovery from alcohol or any other addictive drug. We seek stories from all members of the secular recovery community — a community we know is filled with interesting people of diverse backgrounds and circumstances. We hope our volume will represent both a variety of secular recovery experiences and the diversity of the secular recovery community. And we hope our volume will provide both evidence and inspiration that it is, indeed, possible to achieve and maintain sobriety using secular tools, practices, and concepts.
While the traditional structure of conflict (the struggle between our addicted and sober selves), crisis and turning point (what made us decide to seek freedom from addiction), and resolution (living in recovery) fits most recovery stories, we also seek stories with innovative structures. In short, we want real stories of real recoveries, and encourage you to share your story, warts and all, with authenticity, passion, and a sense that your story has the possibility to change lives.
· What was it that finally made you decide to get clean and sober?
· Can you describe the kind of decision-making process you went through?
· What tools, practices, and concepts helped you achieve sobriety?
· Do you still use those same tools, or have they evolved or changed over time?
· What gives meaning to your life in recovery?
Whether you achieved sobriety on your own or through your participation in secular recovery organizations like LifeRing, SMART Recovery, AA Agnostica, or Women for Sobriety, your story of secular recovery is important. We look forward to hearing from you. Please read our submission guidelines carefully, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
All submissions must include a cover sheet with the title of the piece; the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address; and a brief bio of the author.
Please use 12-point type (Arial or Times New Roman preferred). Traditional essay or story entries should be double spaced; poetry should be single spaced. Pages should be sequentially numbered, with the title of the piece but no other identifying information about the author; this will ensure unbiased review by our panel of readers. We encourage submissions of poetry; micro-essays (no more than 1,000 words); essays (1,000-2,500 words) and longer works (5,000 word maximum).
Entries selected for publication are subject to editing; the LifeRing Press editors will work with authors on the final edits and ensure that the author’s name appears as you wish in the final publication.
We prefer electronic submission of your entry, and that it be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf or .pages. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your entry.
All submissions must be previously unpublished work; all rights for future publication of selected entries will be held by LifeRing Press. Authors of stories selected for publication in this volume will receive a free copy of the book; no other payment will be made.
To submit your work electronically, please email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you must submit your work by postal service, please mail it to: LifeRing Service Center, 1440 Broadway, Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94612.
If you have questions about the volume, the submission guidelines, or submitting a story for publication, please email Kathleen at email@example.com.
Submission deadline: July 1, 2015 Entries received after this date cannot be considered for publication.