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Startup Story and Article Submissions

Startup Story and Article Submissions

We accept one-page queries that clearly detail your startup story or other  article idea–with special emphasis on the unique feature of the story, your interview access to the main characters, your access to special documents, etc. We look for dramatic narratives, articles about everyday heroes who get an idea and make it into a successful career, project or campaign, or a new business..  Please include a separate page of your writing credits. Please email your article proposal queries to John Wren (click here) with "Article Query" in the subject line.

Accepted articles will be posted here the first of each month and may also be included in the next edition of our Small Business Chamber Member Handbook which we expect to revise and publish each January starting in 2016. Those who's stories are included will be recognized at our Small Business Chamber Annual Meeting and Ben Franklin Birthday Celebration each year on January 17.

Fiction/Poetry Submission


Do you accept fictional material or poetry?

Unfortunately we cannot encourage writers to submit their original fiction as we not a good market for it. For leads to other publications that do publish fiction, we suggest that you consult a copy of Writer’s Market. This and other writers’ references are available in most public libraries.

Artwork Submission

Can I submit artwork?
We are sorry, but we are unable to accept unsolicited artwork or photography.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Startup Story essay?
Our project is about telling the stories of our core values. But rather than starting with a belief statement of something you believe, start by telling a compelling story about how you came to hold an important personal belief—something that guides your daily living. Your story can illustrate a time that your belief was challenged, or how that belief shapes your daily activities. Try sharing one story about the roots of your core values, instead of composing a list of all of your beliefs. Just make sure your essay is about your own experiences, not simply an opinion about a social issue.

How long should my essay be?
Essays should be approximately 500 to 600 words, or about three minutes when read aloud at your natural speaking pace.

I can’t find my essay online. Can you help?
You can search for your essay on our website by following these directions. While at thisibelieve.org, mouse over the top header “Explore,” then scroll down and click on “Essay Search.” On this page, fill in your first name and last name in the appropriate fields. You will notice that only your first name will be seen on the web page with your essay. We do not publish last names or other personal information on our website. The only exceptions to this rule are essayists who have granted permission for use of their last name or essayists from the original 1950s series.

Can I fix typos in my essay after it has been published on your website?

No, we are not able to make any corrections to essays after they have been submitted to our project.

I would like to remove my essay from this website. How can I go about this?

Please write to us with your first and last name, approximate year of your essay, and a brief description of your essay. We will get back with you to confirm that we will delete your essay from our website.

Can I submit my essay to other publications after I have submitted it to Startup Story?

Yes. Startup Story does not own the copyright to your essay or to the generic term Startup Story. 

Where can I hear new essays?

Startup Story will have a weekly essay online and in our free, downloadable podcast starting soon. 1st edition: Startup Story Startup Story.

How can I contact the author of my favorite essay?

We do not share personal contact information for any of our essayists. However, you may share your thoughts about a specific essay or your comments about the series by visiting our contact page.

How can I get a transcript of an essay?

You can print transcripts of the essays from our website using your browser’s print function. All essays may be printed for personal use only. Please know that all essays on this website, as well as other materials, are protected by copyright laws. If you wish to make copies of essays beyond individual personal use, please feel free to contact us with details of your request.

How can I obtain resources to bring Startup Story  into my classroom, civic group, or place of worship?
Visit our Educators and Communities, and House of Worship pages to learn more about the materials we have available.

How can I purchase a product in your store using a purchase order?


You can mail a purchase order to us at: Startup Story, 1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501, Denver, CO 80210 

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