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Submission Information

First, I would like to thank you for your interest in The Story Behind the Status. Below is all the information you will need if you would like to share your story behind your status.

Submission Requirements:

  • Please do not send fiction. All work must be truthful in nature.
  • Submissions must be under 1500 words.
  • The status or tweet must accompany each entry.

Submission Deadline:

  • All entries must be received by the end of the day on November 15, 2011. Submissions received after that date will not be considered for the project.

Other submission information:

  • Any type of writing will be considered: poetry, essay, letters, flash nonfiction, experimental, etc.
  • There are no reading fees and you are welcome to submit as many entries as you would like.
  • Please send your PDF or Word documents to thestorybehindthestatus@gmail.com Also, please write “submission” in the subject line.
  • If at all possible, please also send an image of the real status or tweet along with your submission. If they are unavailable, make sure to type up the status and send that with your writing instead.
  • If you wish to remain anonymous should the submission be accepted, please indicate that.
  • Please indicate whether or not you are interested in your submission being published on this website as well.


What to expect:

  • A receipt response will be sent to you within 7 days of receiving your submission. If you have a reply from me, then I have received and will review your writing. If you do not receive an email response confirming that I have received your entry, that means I have not received your entry. You will need to send it again.
  • You will be informed whether your submission has been accepted for this project or not no later than November 15, 2011. Every entry will receive a personal note from me about your work.
  • If selected as a contributor to this project, expect some immediate communication with me during the month of November. Depending on the number of entries accepted, I will be discussing your submission with you either by telephone, email or chat client. During this process, I will edit your work (if necessary). Since this is your own creative work, expect the editing process to be a conversation, not a dictation.
  • I will also ask my contributors to complete a brief questionnaire/interview after the editing process is done. This will be fun and painless; you have my word.
  • After the editing and interview process is complete, I will prepare the compilation for “publication.” All accepted works will be included in the final version of my third semester project that I submit to Fairfield University. With the author’s permission, I will also post the accepted submissions on this website.

For those with submission fear, which I unfortunately understand too well:

  • Don’t let the fear of submitting keep you from sending me something. This is the perfect opportunity for those who are submission shy or unfamiliar with the writing/publishing field to submit some writing. There is no cost, and you can send in as many entries as you would like. It is pretty much a win/win situation.
  • That being said, you do not need to be a published writer to submit. You also do not have to be a graduate student to submit. You even do not need to consider yourself a “writer” to submit. (But published writers, graduate students and self-proclaimed writers are very welcome too!) If you have a status or tweet in mind and you feel like you have something to say about it, then take the chance and write it!

Is there a future for The Story Behind the Status after the third semester project is complete?

  • Well, I certainly hope so. I would love for this project to bloom into a printed or digital anthology of writing. Or, I’d love to turn this website into a literary journal, but I cannot get ahead of myself right now. My only plan for the “future” is to spend the next few months working with the contributing writers to create a compilation of creative writing and my own critical analysis so that I can submit it to my MFA program. I’m fortunate to be getting an amazing education at Fairfield, and I need to focus on using my time right now to do as best as I can in school.
  • However, if a lot of interest is shown in this project, I will absolutely consider taking The Story Behind the Status to the next level. I will look into either publishing an anthology or creating a literary journal.
  • I welcome any suggestions for future projects. Shoot me an email and we can discuss.


Still have questions?

  • If there is anything I can help you better understand, or you have a random question that is related to this project, feel free to contact me and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible. You can email me at thestorybehindthestatus@gmail.com and please make sure to write “question” in the subject line.


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