Submission guidelines for Heroes from the Soul
Civilian and military stories will be two separate booksA Heroes from the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about people who made the ultimate sacrifice to save another’s life. (Good Samaritan) Stories of the like, Anthony ‘TJ’ Antel Jr., Shannon Johnson, eight-year-old Kiera Jenkins, George Heath etc . . . It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple piece that touches our readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. These stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images. And the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people.
Heroes from the Soul stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end and no more than 1200 words. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it. Heroes from the Soul stories have heart, but also something extra—an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps or any combination of these.
Guidelines for Heroes from the Soul story
- Tell an exciting, heartwarming or funny story about someone that made the ultimate sacrifice. This is a civilian book and an additional book will be for military. We are accepting both for Civilian or Military submissions and they will be two separate books. Your story should be written in the first person and should be about someone close to you.
- Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”
- The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said.
- Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart.
- Don’t try fancy moves with tenses. Writing in the present tense about something that happened in the past rarely works. 5. Keep your story to 1200 words or less. Tighten, tighten, tighten! 6. Your story must be true. No fiction, no creative writing.
What a Heroes from the Soul story IS NOT:
- A sermon, an essay or eulogy.
- An "as told to" story written by you for someone else. If you ghost-write a story for someone, we thank you for helping that person share his or her story. That person’s name will be listed as the author and he or she can acknowledge your help in the bio section.
- A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.
- About politics or controversial issues.
- A biography or testimonial. 6. A journalistic article about a third party that reads like a newspaper article.
- NO poems.
Please use the form below to submit your story.All fields are required.
A few more tips about submitting
- The only way to submit your stories or poems to us is via our website. If you have any problems when trying to fill out the form and submit your work, please contact our webmaster at: firstname.lastname@example.org Responses from the webmaster usually take several days, so be patient.
- Our webmaster cannot help you with your personal computer problems. If you have questions, such as, “How do I paste my story into the submission form?” please ask a friend or relative, not our webmaster.
- Please submit only stories that have not been previously published. The only exception to this is if your work has only been published in a small local publication with limited circulation or on your own blog.
- Please do not send us any book manuscripts, unless through a literary agent, as these will be automatically discarded. Also, we do not accept title ideas from the public. If we receive any, they will be discarded and will not be shown to an editor.
What happens after I submit my story?
Please be patient after you press the SUBMIT button. Wait for the Thank You Message that says: "Thank you for your submission. It has been sent." This is your confirmation that we have received your story. This is the only confirmation you will receive. There is no separate e-mail message from us. A very obvious “Error” message comes up if your submission does not go through.
How will you know if your story is selected?We do not send rejection letters, and we occasionally will save a submission for consideration for a future book. But in general, if you have not heard from us 60 days before the book’s on-sale date, that probably means we have decided not to use your story. You can check the on-sale dates for our future books by checking the Coming Soon page on our website. We expect thousands of submissions and we only have room for 100 short stories, so please don’t take our silence personally!
It can take many months or even a few years for Heroes from the Soul book to be completed. Please be patient, as the selection of stories is a time-consuming process. Please do not contact us to ask for an update about your story unless you need to know whether we are considering it because another publisher is interested in it too.
If we choose your story for a future edition of Heroes from the Soul or any of our other projects, we will notify you by e-mail and request your permission to print it. We never publish anything without written permission from the author, and we get your approval for any edits we make.
If we publish your story, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story appears in. And a case discount will be available to you.