********CALL FOR STORIES ABOUT AUTISM**********
Our Autism Stories, Brave, Bold and Beautiful! is an upcoming anthology that will be added to the Brave, Bold and Beautiful Book Series created by Anita McGee Royston and Joslyn Gaines Vanderpool. We are seeking stories from: Parents who have children with autism, adults and children with autism. Siblings, family members, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, friends, acquaintances, teachers, doctors, clinicians with knowledge about autism are also invited to submit a story. Stories should resonant with those who are seeking answers, solutions, hope, not scholarly essays but real life, touching, feeling, heartbreaking, uplifting and positive stories. How have you coped or how are you coping with autism and the world around you? What strategies do/did you use? What have doctors, teachers, strangers said to you about your child or significant other with autism? What have you experienced and how did it make you feel? Did you have a breakthrough, or connect with others in the community to help navigate autism? Do you have a philosophy of how your family loves and lives with autism? If so, please share.
Abbreviated Example: I have an 18 year old daughter with autism who upon reaching puberty, broke windows in the home and raged at certain noises. Getting her to school and trying to get to my job on time was nearly impossible. She attended eight schools in ten years, was on 15 medications, had been to behaviorists, neurologists, physicians, etc. but we couldn't find a multi-faceted, everyone at the table approach to helping her, until I called such meetings because I was treated invisibly at IEP meetings. I wrote an abundance of letters to every or anyone who would listen, relied on my sister and mother, visited my congressional representative's office, hired a special needs attorney who took installment payments, trolled the internet for resources, contacted autism agencies, sought out advice from other parents, paced the floor, prayed often, and nearly died (more about that later...you'll just have to read the book!).
Today our daughter is finding inner peace, and so are we, because she attends a whole child approach residential school we found for her that she likes. Her exact words, "They really care about me, Mommy." Despite our daughter's rage that has quieted significantly, we have also witnessed and experienced , so much joy, progression and humor in our lovely girl throughout her life! Sydney believes in rainbows, and now after this arduous journey we see the rainbow too because she is learning, growing and most assuredly beginning to soar!
Do I have to be a professional writer to submit a story?
No. Everyone has a story or two within. We are more interested in hearing what you say on paper. Don't worry about perfection and writing style. We prefer original stories, but previously published stories will be considered, however, please indicate if so. Stories must be true and accepted stories may be edited for clarity.
Stories must be truthful about your challenges and experiences with autism. We want to INFORM, INSPIRE AND EMPOWER others and help families and individuals who are desperate for something positive to hold on to. Stories that involved difficulties, tears, frustration, but ingenuity and dealing and coping with autism are also sought as long as there is something positive or enlightening to be derived from them.
Length: 350-1,500 words. Please include your bio with story of 150 words or less. We will be asking for scanned photographs to go along with selected stories and a photo of you for the author’s section.
What we offer:
A byline, your story and your bio, and a free copy of the book. Most important is that others can read your stories and learn something new that may inform others about the complexities of autism, as well as strategies to work with it. We can help one another with our personal account because we have firsthand experience and knowledge.
Email your story to by or before March 31, 2018. However, no attachments. Please cut and paste your story within the body of your email. Make sure to include your name, email and street address with city, state, zip code and phone number where you can reached. If your story is selected you will be notified via the contact information you provided. Due to the lengthy publishing process, we cannot provide a publication date at this time and would appreciate that you reserve contact with us to only the submission process and emails we might send asking for further information or clarity. We will let you know if your story has been included in this anthology. Thank you in advance, for your consideration in contributing to this important effort.
The deadline for story submission for the subject of autism is due no later than March 31, 2018. Please refer to the following guidelines and cut so and paste your story or poem in the body of your email. No attachments, please. Very Important: Please include your name, address, email address and phone number where we can contact you.
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