Writing Guidelines

A ”Stories from the Vine” tract publication is intended to zero in on a particular story of redemption and transformation through Jesus Christ (the true Vine). The goal is to bring Jesus honor through your testimony but also to show others that there’s hope in Him.  Read “What’s Your Story” before you begin writing.

Start with a narrow focus

Remember that it’s impossible to share your entire life story in a tract of 850 words or less. If you try, you will end up with a broad story with many generalizations instead of specific details to help the reader identify with your story. It’s helpful to keep a particular audience in mind as you write. For example, the tract “Looking Good but Living a Lie” focuses on Sam’s journey from sexual addiction to victory through Christ. This story is not the sum of Sam’s life, but it is a pivotal story of transformation through Jesus Christ.  Read some of the stories in this site to see some examples.

Inspiration

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you write your story with authenticity. Keep in mind John 15:5, the theme verse for the Stories from the Vine tracts. You don’t need to quote it in the tract unless it’s appropriate. If you quote Scripture, provide the references and translation you are using.

After You Submit Your Story

Keep in mind that any good and compelling piece of writing needs the help of an editor.  By submitting your story, you are granting permission for editing that will improve style, grammar, and length.  If your story is not ready for publication and needs substantial revision, it will be returned to you with suggested changes to improve it.

Submission Guidelines

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