Submission Guidelines

Thanks for wanting to share your story and creativity with Velvet Ashes!

We are a community of women living and serving abroad–and we would love for you to offer your words here. We’ll be richer for hearing from you.

We believe truth and hope are best shared through story. And the power of story lies in authentic vulnerability fueled by love. As you prepare a post for Velvet Ashes you may want to read “What is Velvet Ashes?” and “We are Women Who.” Poke around to get a sense for what this community is all about.

Each week we have a word prompt or theme that serves to center our stories.

A Special Invitation:

Are you preparing to leave home for the field?? We want to hear from you! Send us a post telling us what the journey is like from your current vantage point. Wit and wisdom welcome.

Also, be sure to check out the Leaving Home email series for posts tailor made for the journey.

Our current openings for upcoming prompts are:

Change – due April 24 – What transitions are you facing? Where are you sensing God may want to shift something in you?

Return – due April 30 – What has God taught you through returning? What has he shown you about your identity? What would you say to those getting ready to head into returning?

Remaindue May 4 – What will remain for you? What excites you about staying where you are? Where are you a little weary of as you remain? What helps you to remain?

Aging – due May 15 – What are you facing with aging parents? Or even yourself aging on the field? How does the culture you live in influence this?

Resilience – due May 20 – Where do you see resilience in yourself? Your team? Your family? The local fellowship? Where did you think you would be more resilient than you have been?

Beloved – due June 1 – What helps you know how beloved you are by God? What gets in the way? What is beloved to you in this season of life?

Shelter – due June 1 – How is shelter different than housing? How has God sheltered you from harm? Alternatively, in what ways do you need more shelter?

Savor due June 15 – What do you savor about your host culture? What do you savor about your passport culture? What do you savor about God?

Top 10 – due June 15 – Back by popular demand! Have fun with this theme.

Water – due June 22 – What parallels do you see between swimming and living overseas? How has your relationship with water changed since you moved overseas? Is water a precious resource in your country of service?

Sharedue June 22 – How do you share your host culture with your passport country (and vice versa)? What helps you to share your precious resources (chocolate chips anyone)? Any stories of someone sharing something with you at a time you really needed it?

The questions and suggestions following each prompt are merely ideas to get you going. Feel free to take your own unique angle on the prompt.           

We do have limited spots available, and if there is not room for your post, you’ll still be able to share it at Velvet Ashes by linking up at The Grove the week of that theme. If you have a post that is not related to an upcoming theme, you are still welcome to send us a submission to consider. We’ll be more likely to be able to feature your post if it relates to an upcoming theme, but we don’t want to box you in. If you have inspiration, a God-whisper, an experience you want to share, write your post and send it to us.

Your submission should:

  • Be in the neighborhood of 600-900 words.
  • Be submitted as a Word doc or docx only.
  • Be original content. We publish content that has not been published elsewhere, including personal blogs.
  • Include a headshot (attached as a jpeg)
  • Include a bio. It should be just a few sentences long, telling us a bit about you, but mostly drawing readers to feel a connection to you. Please include all your social media links so that readers can connect with you and so we can tag you when we share your post.

You can send your submissions to:  submissions(at)velvetashes(dot)com

We’ll look forward to reading and prayerfully considering your piece. Your post may be edited for length and clarity. If you don’t hear from us immediately, please don’t be alarmed. We’ll be in touch!

Thank you for the gift of your story,

– The Velvet Ashes Team