There are a few guidelines you need to follow / understand when submitting your story.
When you submit your story you will automatically be sent a consent form. You need to sign to sign this and return it as soon as possible in order that we can publish your story! You can return it in one of three ways:
- take a photo of it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- scan it and email it to email@example.com
- post it to:
GPO Box 3821
By submitting your story you agree to the following:
1. The use of photos:
- If you do not wish to attach a photo of yourself, you may send us a photo of something else such as a flower or some scenery. It is a requirement that this photo is one that YOU have taken, otherwise we need the photographer's permission or we may be in breach of copyright.
- If you wish to post a photo of you with someone else, then you will need to have their permission. Now What is not liable for any breach of this.
2. Appropriate content:
- Your story may be edited for website readability.
- Full names and inappropriate language will be edited.
3. Story exposure:
- Your story may be featured on NowWhat's homepage for up to 2 years and may be linked to our Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Your story may feature in our newsletter.
- If submitted in video form, your story will be hosted in YouTube.
- If you wish to have your story removed, you will need to contact us.
How to write your story:
Tell us a bit about yourself – how old you are, where you live, whether you work or are at school etc.
What happened and how did you feel?
What were things like before the diagnosis?
What do you remember about the diagnosis? How did you feel afterwards?
What has happened since then?
Remember, a story that explains how you (and your loved ones) were affected will be a lot more engaging than a story which simply states the facts.
For example, “Mum had chemo for 4 weeks” is not nearly as engaging as “Mum had chemo for 4 weeks. She lost her appetite but joked that it was the best diet she had ever been on.”
Watch the length!
We want people to read your story, but if it's too long they might lose interest. Somewhere between 1-2 pages is ideal.