Guidelines for HandPrints Stories
Selected stories in print, video and audio will be compiled for an anthology book series on the web, in print and e-book entitled HandPrints On My Heart® and PawPrints On My Heart®
Handprints stories celebrate relationships as the key element in all of our lives. They create, strengthen, and reinforce the bonds between people. A story can be, and ideally should be, a catalyst to create positive change in someone’s life. Whether we connect around the corner or across the globe our stories enrich each others lives and will make a difference.
If you are a writer or storyteller you may submit your true, personal short story about someone who has helped you to transform for the better. Since word of mouth is the best way to pass this message along, I am hoping you will help me to spread the word. Please pass along my e-mail address email@example.com to any of your associates whom you feel might be interested.
We envision this to be an anthology book series with many opportunities for writers to share their stories. You do not need to be a professional writer to submit your story. My intention is to continue to collect as many completely inspiring motivating stories as possible initially in English. Ultimately, in any language that is necessary whether read, heard and seen in order to be understood and enjoyed.
What is a HandPrint On My Heart Story?
Think for a moment of someone who has left an indelible impression on your life; someone without whom you would not be who you are today. That person has left their hand prints on your heart.
Everyone has at least one story of a loved one or a stranger who has made a difference. We never know who will become our champion, mentor or hero: the music teacher who instills a love for the arts, the generous neighbor who teaches a valuable lesson, the caring grandparent who steps in during a time of need. While the facts of the stories might be different, the emotions are universal. The HandPrints On My Heart Book Series is a compilation of personal, real-life short stories written to acknowledge someone who has made a significant difference in the writer’s life; someone who has left hand prints on their heart.
Guidelines for your story submission.
Paint a picture with 500-1500 words. Recall when your story took place, your surroundings your age, where you were emotionally at that time in your life. Share with your reader how knowing that person has helped you to grow, change or transform your life for the better. What we want to take into our own hearts is an understanding of the gift that person brought to your life. Just let your words flow and let the feeling that writing them creates for you, flow with it. The message in what you have learned will come through in the process of your telling your story.
After you recognize the value of their handprints in your life, think about how you may have already made a difference in someone else’s life as a result or how you might make a difference in the future.
Essential Elements of a HandPrint story.
Stories must be well written, and with resolve. Readers must feel inspired and uplifted after reading our stories, in a way that motivates them to take action in their own lives. Your gift to the reader is the simple, clear message they can take from your story and place into their heart. Just one or two powerful sentences become the golden nugget for inspiration to action.