Call for Submissions — Direct Impact

The Storytellers Alliance presents:

A creative anthology of YOUR stories.
Real people. Real life.
Everyone has a story … what’s yours?

What’s Your Story is now accepting visual and literary submissions for: Direct Impact

The theme of Direct Impact was created to open the conversation about perspective and healing—as individuals and as a society. Each one of us has been impacted—in some way—by all that’s transpired this year. The Storytellers Alliance wants to encourage you to keep creating and using expressive arts as a pathway to healing.

You may be a first responder, an essential worker, a teacher, a student, or a parent trying to navigate this new normal. Maybe you played a role in the protests, or your small business was destroyed in a riot. Perhaps you lost someone to COVID or violence, or you are a survivor yourself. Although we are collectively living through the same events, our lives and experiences have been uniquely impacted.

What’s Your Story? How have YOU been impacted?

The Storytellers Alliance designed What’s Your Story as a platform to provide an opportunity for you to share your own voice and unique perspective through creative non-fiction (CNF), poetry, fiction, prayer, essay, or visual storytelling.

These are YOUR stories, YOUR perspective, YOUR visions, and YOUR experiences.

Factors considered for publication will be adherence to guidelines, artistic originality, craftsmanship, and excellence. Submissions can be literary or visual works by emerging or established artists.

There is NO FEE to submit.

Guidelines for submission are as follows:

  • Include a brief (100 word max) personal bio
  • All written submissions must be 12pt font Times New Roman
  • poems & prayers (2-4 works)
  • prose (up to 1000 words)
  • art & photography (2-4 works, vertical orientation; include brief description of each piece)
  • Title each submission: Last Name_genre (essay, poem, CNF, prayer, etc)
    • NOTE: if submitting multiple items, add number (ex: Smith_poem_1, Smith_poem_2)

If selected, The Storytellers Alliance will craft an announcement for you to share across social media to direct your friends and family to view your published work on our website, followed with details on how to purchase a copy of the printed anthology. Selected contributors will receive one complimentary copy.


Author or Artist warrants that the submitted work has not been published before in any form, except as a preprint, that the work is not being concurrently submitted to and is not under consideration by another publisher, that the persons listed above are listed in the proper order and that no author or artist entitled to credit has been omitted, and generally that the Author or Artist has the right to make the permissions made to the Publisher complete and unencumbered. The Author or Artist also warrants that the work does not libel anyone, infringe anyone’s copyright, or otherwise violate anyone’s statutory or common law rights.

Authors and Artists reserve rights to submitted work, with implied permission given to The Storytellers Alliance to reserve first serial rights, which means the right to be the first publisher of your selected works, for use online or in print, as part of the community collaboration project Direct Impact, and in the 2020 What’s Your Story Anthology. Following the printed publication of the anthology, all rights revert to the Author or Artist.

In any reproduction by the Author, Artist, or the licensees, the original publication by The Storytellers Alliance must include the following credit line: “First published in the 2020 What’s Your Story Anthology [Direct Impact], published by The Storytellers Alliance, LLC,” and must accompany all instances of replication, online or in print.


Email all submissions as attachments (word doc or JPEGs) with the subject [Direct Impact submission], to:

Extended Deadline: November 30, 2020

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