Submit a Story

Are you ready to share your story?

Are you ready to help someone share theirs? It’s easier than ever to contribute to The Facing Project.

What’s in it for you?

  • Your story can help others
  • An editor will work with you on the story
  • Stories are published on our site and may be featured on our social media channels
  • Every story is archived at Ball State University, so it will outlive all of us even if the zombie apocalypse happens
  • Stories may even be featured on the NPR-produced Facing Project show

Here’s how to contribute:

Step 1: Find a partner! All stories are told using The Facing Project model. This means you aren’t alone. Each story is a collaboration between writer and storyteller.

(Definitions: Storyteller = person sharing their lived experience; Writer = collaborator who listens to storyteller and helps create and organize an approximately 1,000 word story based on their conversation)

Step 2: Read our 10 tips for Writing a Facing Project story. If you don’t follow the model, we can’t publish your story. So please read!!!

Step 3: Collaborate with your partner on a first-person narrative told from the storyteller’s perspective.

Step 4: Submit your story. Include the writer’s and storyteller’s (unless remaining anonymous) names and contact info in your document.

Step 5: Our editors will review your story in the next week, make suggestions, and get back to you.

Step 6: Read and sign the agreement for your role (Storyteller Release or  Writer Release). Both writer and storyteller must complete their forms in order to be included in the project. (Note: you retain rights to the story, but grant us the rights to share the stories in all the ways stories can be shared.)

Step 7: Your editor will send you instructions on how to finalize your story for acceptance.

Step 8: Congrats! Your story will be published on The Facing Project site.