Storyteller’s Guidelines

Looking for practicing Catholics, writers of every level and mothers of every kind to participate in a special project, a collection of stories of motherhood and faith inspired by the mysteries of the Holy Rosary and their accompanying spiritual fruit.

There are 20 spots (mysteries) available for each round of short stories. The ideal piece would be 900-1200 words, well written, polished (edited) and focused on imagery, emotion and storytelling.

When writing your story please do so in light of the fruit of the mystery listed with it. We may not have experienced the events of the Rosary first hand but the virtues we pray for are much more familiar!

For example, if you chose The Carrying of the Cross; Fruit of the Mystery: Patience you could write about a time when your patience was stretched but it caused you to grow. Or maybe you choose The Visitation: Love of Neighbor and recall how someone was there for you when you needed them the most.

Take your reader on a journey!

Where was your heart when you began?

How did you encounter God in this situation?

What important events or details changed the way you saw things?

How did this experience change your perspective or increase your faith?

Where is your heart moving forward?

Our aim is to relate to and encourage others through joyful and sorrowful seasons alike. Be honest about your tests and trials and try to leave readers with a feeling of hope!

Please familiarize yourself with both the mysteries of the rosary and their assigned virtues (fruit) on the Submissions Page.

Prayerfully consider which mystery to reflect on and write about. You will hear within 6 weeks whether your piece will be published. If accepted, your story will go through 2-3 rounds of revision to ensure readability and check facts (such as Church teaching or scripture references). Writer approves all edits prior to publishing.

Please note that this project is a collaboration so, no monetary compensation is available however you may promote your own sites, causes, pages and businesses in a bio and head shot at the end of your feature. We will share your headshot, quotes and links to your story pages on all of our social medias!

Quick tips

-Use spell check

-Avoid cliché

-Write at least 3 drafts

-Talk to the reader like you would a friend

-Read it out loud, if it doesn’t sound right revise!

Story Needs:

The Glorious Mysteries:

(Story Filled) The Resurrection of Jesus; Fruit of the Mystery: Faith

(Story Filled) The Ascension of Jesus; Fruit of the Mystery: Hope and Desire for Heaven

(Story Filled) The Descent of the Holy Spirit; Fruit of the Mystery: Wisdom & Love of God

(Story Filled) Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Fruit of the Mystery: Devotion to Mary

(Story Filled) The Coronation of Mary; Fruit of the Mystery: Eternal Happiness

The Joyful Mysteries:

(Story Filled) The Annunciation; Fruit of the Mystery: Humility

The Visitation; Fruit of the Mystery: Love of Neighbor

The Nativity; Fruit of the Mystery: Poverty of Spirit

(Story Filled) The Presentation; Fruit of the Mystery: Faithfulness to God

(Story Filled) The Finding of Jesus in the Temple; Fruit of the Mystery: The Joy of Christ

The Sorrowful Mysteries:

(Story Filled) The Agony in the Garden; Fruit of the Mystery: Accepting God’s Will

The Scourging at the Pillar; Fruit of the Mystery: Purity of Heart

(Story Filled) The Crowning With Thorns; Fruit of the Mystery: Moral Courage

(Story Filled) The Carrying of the Cross; Fruit of the Mystery: Patience

(Story Filled) The Crucifixion; Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance

The Luminous Mysteries:

(Story Filled) The Baptism of Jesus; Fruit of the Mystery: Openness to the Holy Spirit

The Wedding at Cana; Fruit of the Mystery: To Jesus Through Mary

(Story Filled)The Proclamation of the Kingdom; Fruit of the Mystery: Trust in God

(Story Filled) The Transfiguration; Fruit of the Mystery: Desire for Holiness

(Story Filled) The Institution of the Eucharist; Fruit of the Mystery: Eucharistic Adoration

We look forward to reviewing your submission! -The MtM Team

Terms & Conditions:
Submitting your story means you agree to the following terms and conditions. By submitting to Motherhood Through the Mysteries, you are granting full copyright permission indefinitely. Posts will acknowledge your authorship, but will be the property of Motherhood Through the Mysteries. When you submit your writing to this website, you hereby relinquish all claims to monetary compensation for any and all future uses. None of your information is ever shared with outside parties.


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