Share Your Story

Instructions below are for submitting your Written Story. Written Stories are usually published within a week of submission. Click here for instructions on being featured in an IFD Video Story.

1. Read three existing stories so you’ll have a better understanding of what we’re looking for.
Story 1
: A young girl whispers a revealing secret to her friend.

Story 2: A young man takes us through some emotional memories of a relationship, moments before he has “the talk” with his boyfriend.

Story 3: A 10-year-old boy wearing a baby blue shirt with unicorns on it is confronted by an older boy, with an unexpected outcome.

2. Read the following tips to help you write a great, first-person story, or read one these articles: “How To Write Winning First-Person Stories” and this article by the New York Times.

  • Share an experience. What specific experience are you sharing with your readers?
  • What’s your story about? A first date? Coming out to your grandma? Your experiences growing up gay in 1960? Be sure you can answer this question.
  • What actions take place? Be specific. Tell the reader what happened, take us through the experience.
  • Was there any dialogue? What was said?
  • Tell the reader about a specific event or series of events, not about your entire life or your thoughts on a subject. Again…what happened?
  • Where were you when your story happened?
  • How did you change by the end of your story? Did you learn anything from your experience?
  • 1500 word max, but shorter is usually better.

3. Write Your Story and Submit
Write your story in a separate word processing program (Word, Notebad, Google Docs, etc) and copy/paste it in the form below. Stories are usually posted within 2 weeks. Keep in mind that not all submissions will be posted, so make sure you perform a spell check and proofread your story before clicking “Submit.” Thanks for sharing!

If you don’t want to write a story but want to support I’m From Driftwood, you can make a tax-deductible donation.

 

Town/City

State/Province

Country

Where you were raised does not have to be a part of your story, but still required for title.

First Name*

Last Name*

Email

* If you want to remain anonymous, please write "anonymous" in both fields. You may also choose to use only your first name, first name and last initial, etc.

Paste Your Story Here (1500 word max)

Write your story in a saveable writing program (Google Documents, Word, Notepad, etc) first, then copy and paste here.

By clicking "Submit", you grant www.ImFromDriftwood.com the nonexclusive right to use all or part of your story in a promotional and/or profitable manner including, but not limited to, websites, books, magazines, television and film, reading aloud at events, schools, seminars, etc., royalty-free.

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