Submissions wanted: South Carolina Stories of Racial Awakening

Photo by Jessica Brodie

Photo by Jessica Brodie

Your stories wanted for new Advocate project

The South Carolina United Methodist Advocate invites United Methodist lay or clergy (any race, gender, ethnicity) to submit their personal racial “awakening” narrative for the newspaper’s South Carolina Stories of Racial Awakening Project (guidelines below).

Click here to read the published narratives to-date.

Submissions selected for publication will receive $50 courtesy of an anonymous donor helping with the project. The Advocate will select up to 10 narratives to be published in the Advocate, one a month for 10 months.


  • Submissions are being accepted now for the Advocate’s South Carolina Stories of Racial Awakening Project. The invitation is open to any S.C. United Methodist clergy or layperson of all races and ethnic groups.
  • The submission should be a narrative about how you went from one worldview about race and ethnicity to a broader, more inclusive one. The effort will focus on racial awakening along any line—Latino toward African American, African American toward Caucasian, Caucasian toward Latino, Native American toward Asian, etc.
  • Writers must provide their age, race/ethnicity and church they attend (with city).
  • One submission per person will be accepted.
  • Submissions can be between 500-1,000 words.
  • The narrative should honestly and vividly describe the writer’s previous attitudes and behaviors (and reasons for them) toward people of a different race/ethnicity, why and how that changed and how the change is manifest in the author’s current behaviors. Selected submissions (up to 10 in all) will receive $50 each.
  • Submissions will be accepted until the 10 publishable pieces have been selected.
  • Submissions should be sent to

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