Q:How do I submit a lemonade story?
A: Click the submit your story link on any page.
Q: Can I submit more than one story?
A: Yes, but please fill out a new submission form each time by clicking on the submit your story button. We consider one story at a time per author, so please don't submit a second story until you've heard from us about your first submission. We'll send you an immediate email notifying you that we're considering your story, and a second email several weeks later telling you if we think we can use your story. We cannot consider multiple simultaneous stories by the same author. If you have already submitted a story, you can view it by going to "My Submissions" which is listed on the menu under submit your story.
Q: How will I know if my story is picked for a God Makes Lemonade book?
A: We will notify you via e-mail. This may take several months.
Q: How old do I have to be to submit a story?
A: Only old enough to share your story with others. If you are a minor, your parents or legal guardian will need to co-sign your contract.
Q: Can I submit a story anonymously?
A: No. You must submit a story, and sign any subsequent contract, with your real name. However, if your story is published in a God Makes Lemonade book, you can choose the name by which you will be credited in the book, including choosing to be credited anonymously.
Q: Does my story need to be overtly religious?
A: God Makes Lemonade books are compilations of true stories which encourage people in sour circumstances that God is at work making lemonade in their lives. That means readers will be able to see divine direction in Lemonade stories. Our best stories focus on the compelling and dramatic events that make up the three parts of the lemonade outline—sour circumstance, surprise, and sweet outcome—showing God at work in the process.
Q: Can the lemonade in my story be a religious conversion?
A: No. That doesn't mean successful lemonade stories can't include conversions—they can!—but it does mean that the lemonade needs to be an external event such as starting a nonprofit, adopting a child, recovering from a medical condition, getting a job, etc. These external events are often connected to a conversion, but don't forget the external events—they're what makes every story different and compelling!
Q: How long should my story be?
A: The stories in a Lemonade book will be approximately 1,000 words long. Your submission can be longer or shorter than that, however. See our submit your story page for more information.
Q: What will you pay me for my story?
A: You’ll receive $200, as well as 10 free copies of the book in which your story appears. Visit the story submission process page for more information.
Q: Can I mention my nonprofit in my story?
A: If your story is published, we would love to provide a link to your organization at the end of the book so that readers can continue interacting with what they’ve read.
Q: Can I submit my story to another publication if it has not yet been chosen for a God Makes Lemonade book?
A: Yes, provided you have not signed a contract with us. Please notify us so that we can remove it from our list.
Q: Can I reprint stories from one of the Lemonade books?
A: No. Due to copyright issues, you may not use or reprint any published God Makes Lemonade story without written permission. However, you can visit our featured story page and share a link to that story with friends and family.
Q: Will there be other lemonade books?
A: As long as we keep sharing more lemonade stories with each other, there will be more lemonade books.
Q: How do I update my contact information?
A: Contact us using the link on any page.
Q: What if I have a question that isn’t answered on this website?
A: Don’t hesitate to contact us with the button at the bottom of every page.
Q: I'm a published author, so can I submit a finished story?
A: Sure--but we're going to lemonize it! We rewrite all the stories we publish so that they fit our specific lemonade recipe. Every story gets lemonized by our writing and editing team, from professionals to those who have never written a word.