Restorative Stories – Spring 2020 Submission Call


The Barrow Group's mission is to enrich lives through the transformative power of story. Now, when connecting with others is made more difficult by social distancing and isolation, we want to gather and share stories that will enrich us all. So, we're putting out the call for stories (nonfiction) that will help to RESTORE, ENRICH, TRANSFORM, and INSPIRE others. We want to hear from you!

-3-5 minutes in length.
-We encourage stories that will enrich the lives of others. Stories could be FUNNY, MEANINGFUL, INSPIRING, EDUCATIONAL, or HEALING--whatever you find restorative! (nonfiction)
-The story must be yours to tell.

-Videos are due by MAY 22 at 11:59pm.
-Submit your video as either a YouTube or Vimeo link via this form.

We will review the submissions and make selections to share on our Friday Night Special on June 5.

We look forward to reviewing your stories!

*Please note that all stories submitted may be shared publicly at one of our online events or on our social media. Depending on the volume of submissions, we may not be able to share all videos received.



On Friday, May 8, we launched our call for Restorative Stories, and Seth Barrish led a mini-lesson on story structure. Watch it below!

In the above lesson, Seth Barrish references and shares Mike Birbiglia's "I'm a Bear" story as a reference. Watch the animated clip below.

For more storytelling tips, consider taking our Storytelling Workshop with Seth Barrish.


Does the story need to be about living during the time of COVID-19? No. It certainly can be but it can be from any time and does not need to reference the current state of the world.

Does the video/story need to be new material? Not necessarily. If you have a clip of something your previously created that you feel fits the prompt, definitely submit it. Just make sure it is your clip to share.

Does the story need to have dialogue? Not necessarily. We encourage creativity!

Can I submit multiple stories? Of course! We will only be able to share out a select few but we welcome you to submit whatever restorative stories you have.