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Writing Guidelines

Write directly to the topic you have chosen. You may write on any topic important to you, or you may write about a specific topic that will be covered in an upcoming issue. See below for 2018 Lifeline topics and writing prompts. (MORE)

Focus on the experience, strength, and hope you have found in OA. References to other Twelve Step programs and outside support are considered outside issues. Briefly describe your physical, emotional, and spiritual condition when you entered OA. Be specific, including your weight at that time.

Relate in detail how the Steps, Step Principles, Traditions, Tools, and/or Twelve Concepts of OA Service helped in your recovery.

Describe your OA experience. Tell the length of your abstinence and, if applicable, the weight loss or weight gain you have maintained.

Lifeline publishes poems and humorous pieces that carry an OA message of experience, strength, and hope or that speak directly to the OA program. Submissions must be the original work of the sender and may be edited. Lifeline loves photographs taken by members! No faces please. Photographs cannot be returned.

Limit your story to 500 words if possible. When submitting handwritten stories, please write legibly. Manuscripts and letters sent to Lifeline are assumed intended for publication, are subject to editing, and become the property of OA, Inc. Submissions are not returned. All submissions must contain the author’s full name and address. You may request anonymity with publication. Your state, province, or country may remain anonymous if you so indicate.

Submission does not guarantee publication. We do not publish stories that contain outside issues or that do not demonstrate recovery through the OA program. Lifeline does not send contributors an acknowledgement when their stories are received. If your story is chosen for publication, we will notify you of its publication date and offer a complimentary copy of that Lifeline issue.

Mail, email or fax your story to:

Lifeline • PO Box 44020 Rio Rancho, New Mexico • 87174-4020 USA

Fax: 505-891-4320 • Email: info@oa.org

Click here to submit your story online

Lifeline Topics and Writing Prompts

Deadlines for monthly featured topics are three and a half months prior to the first day of the month of publication. Please indicate the topic and month for which you are submitting the article based on the deadlines in parentheses. Typed letters by email, mail, or fax are preferred. Letters must contain the author’s name and address, even if the author wishes to remain anonymous in print. Lifeline promotes “unity with diversity” regarding the race, nationality, gender, age, physical challenges, and sexuality of its writers.

October (Deadline: 6/15/18) Click for More Info

  • How I Found My Higher Power
  • When OA is Your HP
  • Prayer, Meditation, and Improving Conscious Contact
How I Found My Higher Power How did you come to believe? How did you find the God of your understanding?
When OA is Your HP Is OA, your sponsor, your group, or another aspect of program your Higher Power? If so, how have you worked the Steps and applied our literature? Share how your HP has served your recovery.
Prayer, Meditation, and Improving Conscious Contact What is your method for practicing Step Eleven and what are the results? Explain how prayer and meditation have worked for you and what has been the key to seeing results. Have your prayers been answered in unexpected ways? Do you have a special place to pray or meditate? Send us a photo!

November/December (Deadline: 7/15/18) Click for More Info

  • International Day Experiencing Abstinence and Twelfth Step Within Day
  • Staying Abstinent Through the Holidays
  • Gratitude and Blessings: Giving Thanks
International Day Experiencing Abstinence and Twelfth Step Within Day IDEA is November 17 and Twelfth Step Within Day is December 12. Write about attending a celebration of either day or reflect on what either day means to you.
Staying Abstinent Through the Holidays How have you stayed abstinent through the holidays? What tip, strategy, prayer, or Tool has helped you the most?
Gratitude and Blessings: Giving Thanks A little gratitude goes a long way in recovery. Share what you are most grateful and thankful for in your recovery.

DEPARTMENTS (No Deadline)

  •    Bits and Bites: Add to our collection of short inspirational quotes and recovery wisdom.
  •    What Works for Me: How do you work your program, and what difference has it made?
  •    Step Study, Living Traditions, Service and Recovery, and The Spiritual Path: Share about the month’s Step    or Tradition or send a story about service or connecting with your HP
  •    Newcomers Corner: Newcomers, share your OA experiences and concerns.
  •    Share It (Letters to the Editor): Was a Lifeline issue or story special for you? Tell us!

OTHER MATERIALS (No Deadline)

Lifeline accepts artwork and photos (no faces, please) for publication. Credit lines and rights to submitted work apply equally to articles, artwork, and photos. The WSO does not return submitted materials. Lifeline may edit articles and crop photos.

For a PDF of Lifeline monthly topics click here. For a PDF of the Lifeline Writers Guidelines click here.