Open submission call for your grief stories to be published on the Grief Rites Foundation website...
Submit Your Story
What we want...
At Grief Rites we hold space for all stories of grief. Grief is something we feel at the loss of....anything. The death of someone we love, the end of a relationship, end of a career, loss of home and self and dreams. We are looking for your real true stories of loss and grief. Told by you and for you. The stories that slay us and lay us bare. The stories that are the hardest to tell. Grief is messy, angry, bitter, beautiful, heart-breaking, soul-cracking, empowering, funny, helpless, hopeless, hopeful. Write into the messy and the broken and the beauty. Break our hearts and crack our souls. Make us laugh and cry until tears slide down our cheeks and fall onto our keyboard. Make us fall apart and put ourselves back together, different than we were before. Make us give up hope and then want to find it again. Or not. Because grief is tricky like that. Grief is uncensored, unrehearsed, unedited. It bleeds onto the page. Let your words flow from the hollows of your bones. Your writing should be a reflection of you and how your grief affects you, how you live with it, how it looks on you. Polished or raw, formatted or not. Don't spend a lot of energy on making it look perfect, there is no perfect in grief. Throw your energy into the heartwork it takes to write your story.
The details of it...
Other than bragging rights and an addition to your portfolio and a beautiful expression of your grief shared with each and every one of us, we are sorry to say we're not able to provide monetary compensation for published work at this time;
We are not currently accepting previously published work (personal blog is okay, please include a link);
If we publish your work and it is picked up and re-published elsewhere we expect to be given credit for first publication rights ("originally published by Grief Rites Foundation, [date]");
Simultaneous submissions are okay, and it's amazing if someone else wants to publish your work before we do, however please notify us via email immediately if your submission has been accepted for publication elsewhere so that we may pull your piece from our queue;
Word count: we want you to tell the story that needs to be told, without limiting you too much...a good (loose) range to shoot for is 500 word min to 1500 word max (ish);
Only one essay per email submission;
Up to 5 poems (in one document) per email submission;
We are hoping to keep a 4-6 week process time; If your piece is accepted for publication we will notify you via email with a publication date; if you haven't heard anything from us after 4 weeks of submitting and you're dying to know, you are welcome to email us for a status (please attach your original email to the follow-up email);
We may reach out to you with some possible content edits or suggestions to help you sink your words deeper into the story, it is your discretion if you accept them or not;
If you have a title for your piece, please include it; if you need help with a title let us know and we're happy to help;
We reserve the right to make any formatting changes for readability and aesthetic (including, but not limited to: font, linespacing, paragraph style, etc), and we are not obligated to send you the formatting changes for approval prior to publication
How we want it...
Email your submission to email@example.com
Subject: Story Submission
Body of email:Give us a brief description of your relationship with grief
Include any social media handles you would like included if your piece is accepted and published (FB, Insta, Twitter, website/blog, other, etc)
Include (3) attachments: 1. Submission: .doc/.docx only (no pdf); file name: [FirstnameLastnameMM/DD/YYYY_titleofyourpiece]2. Bio: 3rd person bio; 150 words max; .doc/.docx; file name: [FirstnameLastnameMM/DD/YYYY_bio]3. Headshot: high-resolution; .jpg; file name: [FirstnameLastnameMM/DD/YYYY]
OPTIONAL: if you have a feature photo to go with your submission please include it for consideration, this doesn't guarantee that we'll use it; .jpg; high-resolution; credit appropriately
We are honored and grateful that you have chosen to entrust us with this beautifully scarred piece of you. We're looking forward to knowing you through your stories...Melissa & MariCo-Founders/Editors/CuratorsGrief Rites Foundation, Inc.