The Great American Read

Stories FAQs

Your content may be featured on the website. PBS will remove content that contains inappropriate language, threats, attacks, name-calling, promotional material, or is off topic. Users should only submit content that they own. Content should be free of commercial branding or logos.

*If you been inspired to action by The Great American Read television series or social media campaign, the producers of The Great American Read would love to hear from you! We're looking for people from all across the country to share their stories and be featured on-screen during our finale episode to demonstrate the power of reading and be part of the show’s celebration of literature this fall.

Please email to share your story and describe how the campaign has affected your life. Feel free to get creative! The Great American Read producers will reach out to those most appropriate for inclusion in the show.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which types of media can I submit?

Text, photos, audio and video.
Please only submit materials that you own – photos that you took, stories you wrote yourself, etc.

What makes a good story?

Your story should be authentic and personal. Your story should also have a concise message.
If you tell your story with text, including a photo is helpful (if available).

What happens after my content is submitted?

PBS will review all submissions prior to appearing on the website. Content deemed inappropriate will be rejected and will not appear on the website.

I'd like to share my story on social media, how do I do that?

You can share your story by using the hashtag #GreatReadPBS on Twitter and Instagram.
If you're sharing your story on Facebook, make sure your post is set to public, or we will not be able to see it.
You can share multiple stories if you wish - either on social media or by using the upload tool on our website.

Why would the story I submit be rejected?

PBS will not post content that contains inappropriate language or content, threats, attacks, name-calling, promotional material, or off-topic material. Please only provide your first name where prompted to in the tool, as we cannot display full names. Providing your last name in the upload tool as well as your contact info will cause your story to be rejected. Your story will also be rejected if you submit materials whose rights are owned by others, such as a book excerpt or a copyrighted song.

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