New Book Submission Guidelines!

Just a little More Time | Stories of love, loss & grief

Just a Little More Time book coverBOOK SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

In 2017 we started an important conversation on dying, death, and grief when we published our book Just a Little More Time.

For 2018 please join us for the second volume. Estimated publication date: June 1, 2018.

As you may recall, Just A Little More Time combines letters, poems, and essays from people like you and me. For this volume, visual art may be included.

Tentative book title: Grief Dialogues: Out of Grief Comes Art

Want a copy of  our first book Just a Little More Time?  Make a donation of $20 or more to Grief Dialogues.  We ship our books free of charge.  Amazon also offers the book. 

We understand that loss hurts and that your story may be too raw to share. However, if the idea of helping others by sharing your story appeals to you, please consider submitting.

Book Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018 at Midnight (PST).

Send your submission to

Upload your essay of approximately 1,000 words to our website. If you prefer to send us the essay via email, send it in the body of the email to

Please include a short (50 word) bio, and if possible, send a photo of you and/or the person who is the subject of your essay.
Please participate even if your work was published in the first book.

You do not need to be a professional or published writer to participate.
Essays should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced. Cover page includes: the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address, along with title of piece.

We accept multiple submissions. Since we feel that it’s unreasonable to expect writers to give us exclusive rights and we want you to have every possible opportunity for sharing your story, we ask only for the one-time publication rights and the right to use your piece when marketing the book.

If we want to use the piece for any other reason (e.g. I just used several of the poems as transition pieces in my play Grief Dialogues), we will contact you directly and state our purpose for using your work. You will receive full credit of course.

Book Submission Fees: None

Payment to Authors: At this moment, we  pay you only with a published copy of the book.  Authors also receive additional at a steep discount.  Soon we plan to launch our first fundraising campaign helping us pay a modest amount to each author. 

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Feel free to forward this post to anyone who would like to submit work.  Tell them to join our mailing list for up-to-date information.

Any questions or technical difficulties? Contact me at elizabeth@griefdialogues or 206-930-9984.

I also want to thank Dane Chapin who published our first book. His generousity as the book patron launched this inclusive project with readings across the U.S. More readings and events published soon.


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  1. Dr Jeanne Broadbent on March 11, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Hello. Just contacting you to see if the submission date for the book has been extended? My co-writer and I would love to submit a poem that was created out of my PhD research into traumatic bereavement. Many thanks.

    Jeanne Broadbent

    • Elizabeth Coplan on March 12, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Due to a backlog in reviewing the submissions, the deadline is now March 30, 2018. Thanks for submitting!

  2. Paul Atreides on February 20, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Dammit! I just saw this…. Now, I want to submit and time is short!

  3. Will Silverman on January 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I would love to submit a few more poems for the new book, but can’t find the submission page!

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