Archive for October, 2012

Submit your writing for publication

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Submit your stories for possible publication in our Summer and Fall Tending Your Inner Garden books to be released yet in 2012.

Over the past ten years of Tending Your Inner Garden workshops, dinners and retreats, we’ve heard hundreds of women’s stories. Some have been stories of healing both body and soul. Others have been touching, inspiring, poignant, heartbreaking, and laugh-out-loud funny.

They all prove one thing: As women, we all have stories that matter. And when we share them with one another, we expand and deepen a sacred circle of women and support one another on the spiritual path.

That’s why we’re publishing four Tending Your Inner Garden books this year, and we want your voice to be part of them.

We’re inviting you and every woman you know to submit a story, poem, essay or other creation for either or both the Summer and Fall Tending Your Inner Garden seasonal books. Each book reflects the overall theme of Tending Your Inner Garden: Helping women listen to and trust their inner guidance as they connect with Spirit and the Earth.

This is the best way we know to honor the tenth anniversary of Tending Your Inner Garden. And it’s also the most lasting and impactful way we can think of to celebrate women, Spirit and nature. We’ve spelled out all the details below, and we encourage you to take part.

We’ve published two books so far: Winter: Women’s Stories, Poems and Inspiration for the Season of Rest and Renewal and Spring: Women’s Inspiration for the Season of Hope and New Beginnings.

Now, we’re looking for women and girls who want to share their life experience and insights that reflect the seasons of Summer and Fall. Maybe you’ve faced a challenge and have grown as a result, or maybe you found a new perspective on a relationship. In Summer, have you faced storms and grown in self-knowledge and awareness? Have you savored beauty and abundance in your life? In Fall, have you harvested life wisdom? Learned how to let go? Experienced gratitude? Here are additional details on the books:

Q. How will the books be published?

A. Each book will be published to e-readers (Kindle, Nook, etc.), and we’ll do a limited run of print copies as well. If we choose your submission, you’ll receive five print copies of each book you’re in, plus a 25% discount on any additional print copies. Each book will have a brief bio of each woman whose submissions are included.

Q. How will you select the material you publish?

A. We want writing that’s honest and heartfelt, whether it’s a poem, a humorous story or a poignant essay. We’ll also select material that provides a wide spectrum of inspiration, ideas and points of view within each book.

Q. I don’t consider myself a writer and have never been published. Can I still submit work?

A. Absolutely. We’re looking for fresh, honest, compelling material. Our only requirement is that you write from the heart.

Q. Will all work be included?

A. We can’t guarantee that your entries will be included. But the more you submit, the greater your chance of being published in at least one of the books.


Please share this information with any female who may be interested, of any age anywhere on the planet. We hope to include writing representing all ages, walks of life, religions and parts of the world.


Submission guidelines:

Please follow the submission instructions carefully. Be sure to keep a copy of everything you submit.

• Submissions will be accepted via email only. Send them to

• Please send each submission separately. In the subject line of the email and the name of the Word document, include the season of the book for which the submission is intended.  For example: Story for Summer book.

• Submissions must be in Word documents.

• Each submission should be no more than 600 words.

• With your submission, include your name the way you’d like it listed if it’s published.

• We’ll contact you if your submission has been accepted.

• Please note the deadlines for submission, below.

Submission deadlines

Submissions for the books are due according to the following schedule:

  • Summer book: Now closed
  • Fall book: June 1, 2013

If you have questions, please contact us.

• Send your submissions to:


Thank you for being part of this project celebrating and unifying the voices of women everywhere. We look forward to hearing from you!