Can anyone submit a story for publishing with The Senior Paper?
Do you accept media releases for publishing?
How long should a submitted story be?
What can I write about?
Do you accept fictional stories?
Do you accept third-person stories?
Do you accept posthumous stories?
Do I have to be a professional writer (or even a great writer) to submit a story?
I want to write about a time in my life, but I’m not sure how to start it. How should I write it?
How many stories can I send at one time?
When will my story be published?
Will I be notified when my story is published?
Do you accept hand-written content?
Is there a cost for publishing articles with The Senior Paper?
Do you accept birthday and anniversary write-ups?
Copyright FAQs
Is The Senior Paper copyright protected?
What are my copyrights if I submit a story for publishing?


Can anyone submit a story for publishing with The Senior Paper?
Yes! We welcome and eagerly encourage everyone to send us stories for publishing, however, priority is always given to content submitted by our paid subscribers, as they are paying for the privilege of having their content receive priority over non-paying submitters.


Do you accept media releases for publishing?
We do not publish media releases. Our print-issue space is limited and content submitted by our subscribers and readers always get top priority. We understand that readers may benefit from media releases and if you believe there is value in connecting your content with our readers, we encourage you to contact our advertising department.


How long should a submitted story be?
Stories can be as short as a couple of paragraphs and up to about 700 words. We understand that good stories can sometimes run a bit long and that’s okay. We’ll do our best to publish it if a few words over the 700 mark, however we ask that stories be kept to around 700 words. Stories over 700 words may be returned to the submitter for editing and shortening before they will be considered for publishing.


What can I write about?
Anything and everything! You might be thinking about something that happened in your life and think, ‘wow! That’d be a great story to tell!’, but there is no one around to hear it. Send it with us! We’d love to share it with our readers!
Over the years, we’ve had folks write us about their first jobs, first cars, and first dates. We’ve had great stories about life on the farm, life in the city, life in the small town, and life on the road. Each story is great, because each story is just a little unique.
Every precious memory shared help us all remember the good, the not-so-good, the ups, the downs, the triumphs and those ‘near misses’ that are all part of life…and they are all enjoyable to read and relate to!


Do you accept fictional stories?
Our focus is real-life stories from the folks who personally experienced them. As such, we do not accept fiction or serials for publishing.


Do you accept third-person stories?
It really depends on the individual story and is a judgement call by our editors. We try to encourage folks to share stories from their own lives, from their own perspective, however, sometimes folks want to share a memorable event about a family member, a friend, or some other significant person in their life. This is fine, however, we still ask the story be about your own personal recollections of the person.
– We do not accept stories written in the third person. This includes stories referring to yourself in the third-person, such as ‘John liked to get up early in the morning’. We do not accept stories written in third person on behalf of others, i.e., you’re submitting on behalf of John and you write, “John like to get up early in the morning.” All content must be written in the first person, i.e., ‘I liked to get up early in the morning’, ‘…dad liked to farm,’ etc.
– We do not accept submissions that are biographical in nature, or that list a ‘life’s summary’ of others.
– We do not accept submissions that are tribute in nature.
Submissions written in third-person, biographies, or tribute submissions will be returned to the submitter and will not be considered for publishing.


Do you accept posthumous stories?
We do not accept posthumous content for publishing in The Senior Paper print issues. Posthumous content may be considered publishing online, however, each case will be evaluated on an individual basis. Posthumous content must meet all other requirements for publishing, and submitters of posthumous content must have legal rights/authority to submit the content.


Do I have to be a professional writer (or even a great writer) to submit a story?
Not at all. In fact, we actually prefer you aren’t a professional writer. We have a few editors on staff to fix up any big grammar errors, spelling errors, and other technical stuff like that, but we want you writing in your own words, so that it has your voice.


I want to share a story about a time in my life, but I’m not sure how to start it. How should I write it?
Write to us like you were writing a letter to a close friend. You can even start it off like this, ‘Dear Senior Paper, I remember this one time when dad had just brought home a brand new car. I was…’ and there you go! Your story is started. The hardest part is now over and you can let your precious memories flow.


How many stories can I submit at one time?
We ask that you not submit more than three or four at one time. We try our best to publish stories on a first-come basis and we don’t usually publish stories from people in back-to-back issues, so four stories would likely stretch out for a year’s worth of issues.


When will my story be published?
Content submitted to The Senior Paper for publishing will be considered for publishing on all platforms and mediums, including print, online, and digital issues. All content is given a unique ID number when it is received by The Senior Paper. To ensure fairness, we try to publish stories on a first-come basis.

  • Print/Digital issue(s): We try to get all stories published as soon as possible, however, we cannot guarantee when (or even if) any story will be published. On average, it takes three to four issues before a story will be published, however, if a story has a particular ‘theme’ (such as a winter story, a summer story, a Christmas story, etc.,) we may decide to hold it for a related issue (i.e., winter story in winter a winter issue) rather than publish it in a spring or summer issue.
  • Online: At this time, the submission acceptance process is the same for online content, however, only back issues at least two (2) years old are being considered for publishing online. As such, we cannot determine at this time if or when submissions will be published online. This may be subject to change in the future.


Will I be notified when my story is published?
We do not notify content contributors when their submissions are published. We encourage people to purchase a subscription to the print issue of The Senior Paper so they can both watch for their own submission(s) to appear and so they can enjoy the many great submissions from other seniors as well. We also invite people to signup for our eNewsletters (delivered via email) that notify folks when new content is added to our website.


Do you accept hand-written content?
We absolutely do! We prefer submissions be emailed/typed, however, we accept hand-written stories as long as the handwriting is legible. If you prefer to write, we ask that all names (people, places, events, etc.) be printed clearly (not written in cursive), so that we do not misspell any names by accident. While it is not mandatory (and does not affect when stories are published), our preference for receiving submissions is as follows:

  1. Email/submitted through our website here
  2. Computer-printed or typed letter
  3. Hand-printed letter
  4. Written (cursive) letter with all names, places, etc., clearly printed


Is there a cost for publishing articles?
There is no cost to submit content for publishing, so long as the content is not advertising or promotional in nature. If we feel a story is advertising or promotional (i.e., seeking to profit from and/or raise awareness for a product, service, or event, or to promote published materials, etc.), we will inform you it would be better for you to consider advertising options. Please note: This typically doesn’t apply to our regular stories and letters submitted by our subscribers.


Do you accept birthday and anniversary write-ups?
We do not have the space to accept birthday or anniversary write-ups as part of our regular submission content, however, for people who want to announce or celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or other significant event or achievement, we offer a special advertising feature for a nominal fee called Milestones. You can purchase a Milestone here.

Copyright FAQs


Is The Senior Paper copyright protected?
Yes. The Senior Paper, The Senior Paper Online, and all print and digital mediums of The Senior Paper are copyright protected bodies of work. The contents cannot be reprinted, in whole or in part, without our prior expressed written permission. This does not include works that you personally have authored and submitted for publishing.


What are my copyrights if I submit a story for publishing?
You retain copyright on any stories you’ve authored and choose to submit for publishing. By submitting the story to us, you are granting us permission to edit and publish your story through our media platforms. You are free to reprint your story at any time, for any reason, in any other publication or medium, without requiring our permission, as you are the original copyright holder of the work. For more information on our copyright policies, please read our Terms of Service here.

These FAQs are provided for informal information purposes only and should not be considered absolute or binding. If your question wasn’t listed here, please contact us and we will do our best to answer any other questions you may have.