Storyteller’s Guidelines

We are now accepting Submissions for Motherhood Through the Mysteries III

(Submissions for MtM IV Opening in 2023)

Seeking practicing Catholics, writers of every level and mothers of every kind to participate in creating a Rosary 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:

Joyful Mysteries:

First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation, Fruit of the Mystery: Humility

Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation, Fruit of the Mystery: Love of Neighbor

Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of Jesus, Fruit of the Mystery: Poverty of Spirit

Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation in the Temple, Fruit go the Mystery: Faithfulness to God

Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of the Boy Jesus in the Temple, Fruit of the Mystery: The Joy of Christ

Sorrowful Mysteries:

First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden, Fruit of the Mystery: Accepting God’s Will

Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar, Fruit of the Mystery: Purity of Heart

Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns, Fruit of the Mystery: Moral Courage

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus Carries His Cross, Fruit of the Mystery: Patience

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion, Fruit of the Mystery: Love of the Cross

Glorious Mysteries:

First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Jesus, Fruit of the Mystery: Faith

Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension of Jesus, Fruit of the Mystery: Hope & Desire for Heaven

Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit, Fruit of the Mystery: Wisdom & Love of God

Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fruit of the Mystery: Devotion to Mary

Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fruit of the Mystery: Eternal Happiness

Luminous Mysteries:

First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism of Jesus, Fruit of the Mystery: Openness to the Holy Spirit

Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding at Cana, Fruit of the Mystery: To Jesus Through Mary

Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven, Fruit of the Mystery: Trust in God

Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration of the Lord, Fruit of the Mystery: Desire for Holiness

Fifth Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist, Fruit of the Mystery: Eucharistic Adoration

To submit your story for consideration email

Terms & Conditions: By submitting your story to Motherhood Through the Mysteries email, you are granting Motherhood Through the Mysteries first publishing rights, as well as first audio rights for stories narrated on the Motherhood Through the Mysteries Podcast. Sharing posts elsewhere is permissible granted, Motherhood Through the Mysteries is cited as first publisher preferably with a link, or mention of our website. All collaborators are volunteers. No compensation is available at this time. But, we will promote you and your projects free of charge.


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