About Story Awards

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When you raise your voice on World Pulse, you join a movement of women speaking out for change from all regions of the world. 

We share to unburden ourselves. We share to let others know they are not alone. We share to inspire action and spark change in our lives and in our communities. Women who speak out and support each other on World Pulse have gone on to influence policy, start their own organizations, and have impacted over 21.6 million lives collectively!

When you share on World Pulse, you will not only receive comments and encouragement from peers all over the world — you could be selected to receive added visibility to our network of over 80,000! 

Read on to find the answers to Frequently Asked Questions. 

World Pulse offers several calls for stories that are always open for contributions. We also regularly release new calls for stories to get you talking about important events and happenings that are relevant to women globally. Most importantly, we believe women are experts in their own lives, and we always welcome you to share on the issues and topics that matter most to you. Find all the open calls for stories on the Raise Your Voice page.  

 

As soon as you share your story, it will appear publicly on World Pulse’s website as part of our online community. Your story may inspire comments, loves, and opportunities to connect with changemakers from all over the world! Our global community is here to listen.

When you share your story, you also have the opportunity to receive added visibility—and to reach tens of thousands with your story! Our editors are reading your stories daily to select contributions for publication on the Stories page, visibility on our social media channels, and in our weekly Community Digest. We believe that the world will be a better place when women's voices are heard.

In addition, World Pulse selects 4 to 6 Featured Storytellers per month to receive a Story Award. A Story Award includes a special badge on your World Pulse profile, editing support, publication on our Stories page, in our weekly Community digest, and on our social media channels. These storytellers also receive a $100 US honorarium and may be promoted to partner organizations for publication, as well.  

World Pulse editors select stories based on a number of factors, including the power of the narrative, relevance to global events and issues, as well as how well the story has already resonated with community members (we base this on comments, loves, and other engagement metrics). We look to achieve diversity, including regional diversity, among the stories we highlight each month. Please know that we are not looking for stories that have the best grammar or spelling. That's what editors are for! 

Note that we can only award 4 to 6 Featured Storytellers a month, and sometimes less—but we highlight many stories each week. We value every voice that shares on World Pulse, and just by sharing your voice on World Pulse you are reaching thousands and inspiring the community with your words.

If you need help getting started, or if you are looking for tips on what World Pulse highlights most frequently, take a look at the following questions to help guide you. But remember, whatever story you have to share, it matters and we want to hear from you.

  • Are you sharing your personal story? First person narratives—your story in your own words—are powerful and help people feel connected to you and to the issue you are writing about. You can also tell someone else’s story, but make sure you have permission to use their experiences in your stories. 

  • Is your story solutions-oriented? Even when addressing difficult topics, solutions-oriented stories shine light in the darkness. Let's help everyone see that when we share our stories, we have the power to create change in the world.

  • Is your story true and original? We are interested in your unique voice and contributions to global conversations. World Pulse is a space for women to share their truths. Of course, we welcome poetry and creative submissions like photography, drawings, etc as well as multimedia posts.

  • Does your story engage the senses? People respond to stories that are descriptive and that help them connect with what is being shared.

  • Is your story focused? Consider focusing around a specific turning point, moment, or scene to tell your story. If you have many ideas, consider submitting several stories rather than trying to fit everything in one contribution. 

  • Is your story easy to understand and share? While there is no strict word limit, most of the stories we select to be featured or highlighted are between 800 and 1300 words. For video, consider sharing that are short, no more than 5 minutes.

The best way to learn about storytelling is to think about the stories that move and inspire you! You can also read through previously published stories from our Featured Storytellers, but please note that World Pulse editors work closely with those we select as Featured Storytellers to craft polished stories that have the power to reach a broad, global audience. That means that there's no pressure to have perfect grammar, spelling, or form when you share on World Pulse.

World Pulse is your place to share your truths. Everyone has a story to share, and your story matters.

It is! World Pulse awards our most active members with special badges to recognize growing leadership in our community.

When you share stories on World Pulse, you have the opportunity to earn badges for your World Pulse profile. Share three stories in four months — or 15 stories in your lifetime — to receive your Vocal Contributor Badge. This badge unlocks additional leadership opportunities, including the opportunity to become a World Pulse Digital Ambassador.

If your story is selected for a World Pulse Story Award, you will receive a Featured Storyteller badge on your profile and gain greater recognition, visibility and opportunities to realize your dreams. While having a Vocal Contributor badge is not a requirement for receiving a Story Award and earning your Featured Storyteller badge, it does help!

Learn more about the Leadership Pathway here.

 

We welcome submissions from people across the entire gender spectrum. We love hearing from everyone who is affected by gender inequality and who is a part of the solution. If you identify as male, you may wish to share your story to the Men & Boys call for stories. 

At World Pulse, your safety and security are very important to us and every woman comes from a different context. You know your safety risk best, and we urge you to take whatever steps necessary to conceal your identity if you are concerned about speaking out on specific issues. Please refer to our Staying Safe Online guide for information and resources to help you take steps to protect your safety without compromising your bold voice.

If you have an idea for a call for stories, we want to hear it! Reach out to [email protected] and tell us what you think the World Pulse community should be talking about now. We'll consider adding it to the list!

For questions about the Story Awards program not covered here, email [email protected]