October 2022 Coming Next

Coming Next

The theme for the December edition of ESSAY is “Fun in Recovery.” 

In the December issue, read about members’ experiences with outdoor activities, hobbies, social entertainment, and fun-filled SA activities. 

  • The Community of Recovery

An Israeli fellow shares on how he experiences joyful sobriety in his “The Three Legacies” home group.

  • SA Is Where the Party Is

The Amsterdam members love to hang out with each other outside the meetings.

  • The Benefits of In-Person Meetings

She burst out into tears at the group’s annual Recovery Day, but they were tears of joy. 

  • What Is This “Not a Glum Lot” Meeting? 

Read about the history behind the name of the Manchester, MO, US meeting, and a steady member’s happy experience. 


Themes planned for future Essay editions are:

  • February 2023: Accepting Outside Help (Stories due Jan 1) 

The AA Big Book says in a number of places that outside help is often indispensable to getting sober and to enhancing our healing. What is your experience? 

  • April 2023: Celebrating the SA Sobriety Definition (Stories due March 1)

Tell us what miracles have happened in your life since you accepted the SA Sobriety Definition. 

  • June 2023: Sober Travel (Stories due May 1)

Which tricks do you use to stay sober on the road and in the air during the holidays?

  • August 2023 Newcomers—How to Welcome Them, and Keep Them! (Stories due July 1) 

What strategies does your home group have to help new members?



We invite you to submit letters, articles and art to Essay, your magazine, accepting that no payment can be made. All submissions are assumed to be for publication. Every submission is edited in order to ensure that it is in keeping with the character of ESSAY; to ensure ease of availability to a readership which will include non-English first language speakers; and to ensure adherence to practical guidelines such as length. All articles submitted become the property of ESSAY for copyright purposes and, if published, articles will be used in the print version as well as the online version of the Magazine. Selected material will also be recorded in English, and may be translated and recorded in different languages. The recordings will be used on the ESSAY website as well as on the ESSAY podcast. 

Please do not refer to activities which may be subject to investigation by a legal authority.

ESSAY especially welcomes meeting room photos, artwork and humor. Graphic art and funny stories do enhance our Magazine. For graphics, 300 dpi is preferred.

For anecdotes and memories we guide a length of 200-400 words; for Practical Tools and Steps & Traditions, we guide 400-600 words and for articles on the theme of an issue or SA Stories in general, 800–1200 words. We prefer that submissions be made electronically, sent to essay@sa.org. Please include author name, sobriety date, address, telephone number, and/or e-mail address so that authenticity can be verified. This information will remain confidential.

ESSAY presents the experience, strength, and hope of SA members. ESSAY is aware that every SA member has his/her individual way of working the program. Articles should be in harmony with the SA Sobriety Definition; this definition will not be debated as it represents the distinguishing approach to sobriety by our fellowship. Opinions expressed in ESSAY are not to be attributed to SA as a whole, nor does publication of any article imply endorsement by SA or by ESSAY. 


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