We want to hear your story and share it with our readers. So be sure to include your name, mailing address, phone number and email address, if available. Include the name of the department your submission is for (Growing Up, Our Heroes, etc.) on the first page of your submission or in the email subject line. Don’t forget to include the year or decade (can be approximate) in which your story/memory took place.
We do not publish fiction. Instead, we invite you to tell your own story—of personal experiences in years gone by; memorable people in your life; family trips or anecdotes; seasonal or holiday memories (may be submitted at any time of the year); recollections of now-famous people you knew “back when;” little-known historical items, etc. We especially enjoy reading humorous stories about the past.
When sending images by email, save your photos as high-resolution scans. Be sure to scan them at 300 dpi on 8X10 format. Identify the people in the photo, along with the city, state and year the picture was taken. If you are sending by mail, include your name and address on the back of each photo. We recommend that you send reprints of cherished family photos.
We will accept previously published material, as long as the story had minimal exposure and appeared in a “non-nostalgia” publication.
Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, and in an effort to include as many contributors as possible in this “reader-written” magazine, we edit or excerpt longer stories to fit within one of our departments.
By submitting material to us, you grant RDA Enthusiast Brands, LLC, its affiliates, partners and licensees worldwide use of the material without time limitation, including the right to use your name and city/state/province in connection with any such use. We reserve the right to modify, reproduce and distribute your material in any medium (now or hereafter existing) and in any manner or appropriate place, including but not limited to magazines, promotional merchandise, and marketing and other related materials.
By submitting material to us, you represent and warrant that you have full authority to grant the rights set forth above and that your material will not, in whole or in part, infringe the intellectual property rights, rights of privacy or publicity, or any other rights of any third party. You further represent and warrant that you have attained the legal age of majority in your state/province (18 in most states/provinces). If you’re a minor under the law of your state/province, your parent or guardian must submit on your behalf. [Last updated January 4, 2017]
We may contact you via phone, email or mail regarding your submission. Although our small staff can’t respond personally to most inquiries and letters, we will always let you know if we published your submission.
After you send us photos or articles, please be patient. We receive a lot of material.