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Submissions are open for essays dealing with grief that fit the Nature’s Healing Spirit theme. Guidelines follow, but the best way to know what type of stories we’re looking for is to read the first book: Nature’s Healing Spirit: Real Life Stories to Nurture the Soul

Deadline extended to September 15, 2018 for these grief essays.

Please note: If you submitted to the general theme call out with a July deadline, the submissions are currently being reviewed. Feel free to submit new work, but do not resubmit the same work.


“Nature” can be defined in terms of the great outdoors or observations in your own backyard. City dwellers experience the natural world in a park or on a patio and can find those connections meaningful. While readers enjoy immersing themselves deep in the forest, high on an isolated mountaintop, or in the vast wilderness of a desert, nature finds its way into urban settings, too. And no matter where you find it, Nature’s Healing Spirit can help.

Stanford psychological researchers recently reported that those who are anxious benefit from regular visits to natural settings. People who exercise in natural spaces seem to focus outward, thereby freeing themselves of the self-obsessed thinking that magnifies problems. Nature increases beneficial serotonin and reduces depression. There’s something about walking along a trail, a tiny dot on a landscape framed by formidable mountains, ancient trees, and blue sky that clears the mind—and many studies verify this.

Submissions sought: Essays about grief and recovery, and surviving the loss of a loved one that fit the Nature’s Healing Spirit theme
The best way to know what sort of essays we seek is to read the first book

Deadline: August 30, 2018.

Sowing Creek Press seeks nature submissions on the subject of grief, recovering from grief, surviving the loss of a loved one. Please note, the essay must have a strong nature component that fits the Nature’s Healing Spirit theme.

If your essay fits the theme that nature heals, and it’s a true story from your life about recovering from grief, we want to see your work!

“Of the essays received for Nature’s Healing Spirit: Real Life Stories to Nurture the Soul, the best writings took the reader’s hand through vivid descriptions of natural settings as well as the writer’s thoughts and emotions. We’re not looking for travelogues. We’re seeking the writer’s experience of nature as it connects to their inner and outer life, and how the natural world plays a part in healing and recovery from grief.

The best way to know what sort of work we’re looking for is to read the book: Nature’s Healing Spirit: Real Life Stories to Nurture the Soul. If you love nature, support this endeavor. Buy the book, and benefit from Nature’s Healing Spirit today.

While the focus is on essays, there is space for a few poems.


If you’ve found comfort in surviving the loss of a loved one, uncovered truths about the loss, or experienced an epiphany relating to your grief and the natural world, share your eye-opener or conclusion reached while in nature by writing an essay for this anthology. Your experiences can help others gain insight too. Readers of Nature’s Healing Spirit books will enjoy escape and healing through others’ experiences. Readers can enter the serenity of nature even on a lunch break and feel a kinship with fellow nature lovers who also do their best thinking in the great outdoors.

Here are a few tips for sharing your true story:

  1. Action, emotion and description about your location and surroundings will draw in readers. Tell stories where readers can walk the path along with you. Let readers feel your pain and experience your dilemma. Humor has a place, too.
  2. Tell your story from your own perspective. “As told to” stories are not accepted.
  3. Revise your work to get the most from your words. Essay lengths will run between 1,200 and 2,000 words. Essays longer than 2,000 words must be truly exceptional to be considered. Again, reading the first book in the series may provide you with the best information about what we seek

By submitting your essay, you declare that it is your original work, that you own the rights, and that it has not been published elsewhere. The only exception to this first publication note is if the essay or poem has been published in a local newsletter or other small publication with limited readership. You also agree to editing, at the publisher’s discretion.

Writers with accepted stories are typically notified within four to seven months of submission. However, the process could take considerably longer. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us immediately if it’s accepted elsewhere. If you’re submitting elsewhere, please clearly state that fact at the beginning of your correspondence. Rejection letters may or may not be sent. Accepted essays will earn a one-time fee of $50 (U.S.), which represents first worldwide rights and covers one year of exclusive use by publisher in all forms, whether digital or in print, and unlimited publisher use of the work in the future in any form. Accepted poems pay at the rate of $25 (U.S.), with the same rights terms.

Essays are collected and edited for these touchy-feely volumes by Sheri McGregor and her assistant editor. McGregor has authored books including popular hiking guides for the San Diego County area. She also contributed an essay to the first Nature’s Healing Spirit book.

To submit:

  1. Send an email
  2. Subject line of your email, please use the following format:

Submission/grief/Nature’s Healing Spirit

Here’s an example: Submission/Starting Over/Nature’s Healing Spirit2

  1. Write a brief email that includes your name, a short bio that may be edited/used in the anthology, and include your complete contact information (name, mailing address, email address, telephone number).
  2. As stated above, by submitting your work, you declare that it is your original work, that you own the rights, and that it has not been published elsewhere. The only exception to this first publication note is if the work has been published in a local newsletter or other local publication with limited readership. If this is the case, please note the specifics of where/when in your email as well as rights purchased/available.
  3. Cut and paste the text of your essay or poem into the email. ALSO, please attach the essay, double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, in a doc file that has your complete contact info (as stated in #1 above) and your bio at the top. Please don’t skip pasting the text of your submission into the emeail itself. Attachments WILL NOT be opened unless your work generates a closer read..

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Nature’s Healing Spirit. We look forward to reading your work.