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things including voting by the readers of the Bridal Association of America website.
So tell all your friends and family to read your story and to vote for you!!
Contest winner will be posted here in January.
The Bridal Association of America is looking for a few good stories!
We hope that this
letter finds you well and sitting atop a plethora of stories that you
just don’t know what to do with. We welcome stories from contributors of any age.
Recipe for A Winning Wedding Story
A Wedding story is an inspirational,
true story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It is a story that
opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple, inter-denominational,
living art piece that touches the soul of the readers and helps them
discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. They are personal
and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images
created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that
they are actually in the scene with the people.
have a beginning, middle and an ending that often closes with a punch,
creating emotion rather than simply talking about
it. Wedding 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 story
that causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination of these.
A good story covers the range of human emotions.
The most powerful stories are
about people extending themselves, or
performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.
for a Wedding Story
Tell an exciting, sad or funny story about something that has happened
to you or someone you know. Make sure that you introduce the character(s).
2. Tell your story
in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh or get goose bumps (the
good kind!) Don’t leave anything out — how did you feel?
3. The story should start
with action; it should include a problem, issue or situation.
It should include dialogue and the character should
express their feelings though the conflict or situation. It should end
in a result, such as a lesson learned, a positive change or pay-off.
4. Above all, let it come from
your HEART! Your story is important!
a Wedding story IS NOT:
A sermon, an essay or eulogy.
2. A term
paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.
politics or controversial issues.
4. A “My Grandma Just Died,
and Let Me Tell You What A Wonderful Person She Was” or “Let
Me Tell You About My Disease or Operation” or “I
Gave a Bum Some Money, Aren’t I Incredible?” or “Why
My Mother Is the Best Mother” or a personal testimony that
may mean nothing to the reader.
It is preferred that all submissions are sent via our website
at www.bridalassociationofamerica.com. If you don’t have access to the Internet,
please submit your stories preferably typed on plain white 8
1/2” x 11” paper, in 12-point Times New Roman font.
be sure to type the author’s name and contact information
on the first page of each and every story.
should be non-fiction, ranging in length between 300-1200 words.
Mail your submissions in a flat, 9x12 envelope if possible.
only one copy of each submission.
6. We do
not return submissions, so please don’t send the original.
Every book is divided into
topic chapters with the following as a guideline for typical chapters:
Love: This chapter contains stories that describe acts
of love and kindness; the healing power of love; acts of tenderness
acts of generosity; and events that transcend racism, sexism, ageism
Parenting: This chapter contains stories that demonstrate love
and caring in the act of parenting and grand parenting.
Teaching and Learning: This chapter contains stories that demonstrate caring, compassion
and creativity in the art of teaching—both in
the classroom and outside the classroom.
Obstacles: This chapter contains stories that demonstrate
how we have triumphed over our own personal obstacles or supported one
over theirs, and how individually each should be celebrated.
Matter of Perspective: This chapter contains stories that demonstrate
how our experience of all events is effected by our point of view, that
there is more than one way to see and interpret the same event, and that
as we change our point of view, we actually change our experience. These
stories may be humorous.
Matter of Attitude: This chapter, like the previous one, will contain
stories that demonstrate how our attitudes and beliefs control our perception
of reality and our behavior.
Death and Dying: This chapter will contain stories about the power
of the human spirit to confront the loss of loved ones through spiritual
understanding, healing acts of love and kindness, and through humor.
Aging: This chapter will contain stories about people over 60
years old who are making remarkable contributions to society, who are
challenging the stereotypes of aging, and who are living without limitations.
Living Your Dream: This chapter will contain stories that demonstrate
the power of believing in your dream, the power of goal setting, the
wisdom of trusting and following your heart, the power of giving encouragement
and the importance of asking for and being open to receiving assistance
from both other people and God.
This chapter contains stories that don’t
fit into any other chapters. The stories are what about any aspect of
life that is emotionally moving, touching, inspiring and insightful.
Also include a bio—a
short paragraph (of about 50 words or less) about you, promoting your
latest book, project, etc. It has been reported
to us that those paragraphs have been great advertisements for sales
of books and other endeavors. Dr. Cherie Carter Scott, author of If
Life is a Game, These are the Rules, has sold hundreds of thousands of books
as a result of people writing her after reading her bio in A 2nd Helping
of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey
show as a result of this!
If the story you wrote is published,
you will be sent a copy upon publication of the story.
By submitting through the website, we will review your story and post it to our site within 48hrs.
We strongly encourage you to submit stories online as it is both the fastest and easiest
way to process and review your submission. If you do not have Internet access
at home, you can always visit a local library.