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Your Story

  • Everybody has a story to share. What's yours? Send us a true story about you, in 100 words or fewer—if it's chosen by our editors for publication in our magazine, you'll be paid $100! We also may pick selected favorites to appear on our site at RD.com. For complete details, see submission guidelines below. Need inspiration? Here are a few of our favorites.
  • By submitting your story, you agree to the following:
    Your story may be used by Reader's Digest and its licensees worldwide in all print and electronic media, now or hereafter existing, in any language, without time limitation. If published in Reader's Digest magazine, you will be paid $100. Your story may be edited for clarity. Following receipt of payment, you agree not to submit your story to other publications. You warrant that you are the sole owner of all the rights to the story and have the authority to grant the rights herein without restriction, that the story is your original work, and that the story does not infringe or violate any copyright, right of privacy or publicity, or any other right of any third party, or contain any matter that is libelous or otherwise in contravention of the law.

    Contributions cannot be acknowledged or returned. It may also take some time for your submission to be considered; please don't inquire about the status of your submission—we'll be in touch if we select your material. Even selected items may not be published for six months or more.

    We may run your item in any section of our magazine, or elsewhere. Our website Terms and Conditions also apply to your submission; in the event of any conflict between those Terms and Conditions and the above terms, the latter shall govern.