Skip to Main Content

Telling Our Stories in the Age of COVID-19


What will happen with my submission?

If it meets the project's Terms & Conditions, your submission will be added to Together/Apart: The COVID-19 Community Memory Archive. Your contribution will become part of an archive intended to illuminate future researchers about this time in our lived experience. As such, your contribution will be preserved for future use and made accessible to researchers through CSUSM's Special Collections, a department of the University Library. 

Additionally, your contribution may be used in exhibitions, retrospectives, and other analysis of the pandemic. It may also be used in scholarship or by media. It will not be used for commercial purposes by the University or by the Library. You will retain copyright to your contribution. Attribution and credit will be given to contributors whenever possible (please note that this will not be possible with anonymous submissions). 

Can I submit to Telling Our Stories anonymously?

Absolutely! There's an option on the submission form to submit anonymously. Please note that you will still be required to submit an email address so that a proof of submission email can be sent back to you. We also have to ask for information about your age for legal purposes. We will not keep this information, however, if you submit anonymously. 

Can I submit more than one story?

Absolutely! We hope to see you to submit as many stories as you'd like to best tell your story.

Can I submit my story in any language or combination of languages?

Yes! We encourage submissions in languages other than English, and submissions in multiple languages.

Can I get extra credit for submitting my story?

Many instructors are offering extra credit. Please check with your instructor for their individual policies. Please check with your instructor for how best to claim extra credit if they are offering it for participating.

Can I submit a work with more than one author/creator?

Yes! If submitting for more than one author/creator, we recommend that one person submit the story. If you are submitting for extra credit, we recommend that you notify your instructor of everyone involved in the creation of the work. 

I'm not comfortable submitting something creative but would still like to participate. How can I do so?

Together/Apart: The COVID-19 Community Memory Archive has a general submission questionnaire that you are welcome to submit to. This short questionnaire contains a few guiding questions to help you think about your experience.

I have a question about the site or about the project. Who do I contact?

Please fill out the Together/Apart contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Share Your Story

All submissions will receive a receipt. Please check with individual faculty for extra credit policies.

45 CFR 46.102(l)(1) deems activities such as these as not being research and thus not applicable to IRB approval. "For purposes of this part, the following activities are deemed not to be research: (1) Scholarly and journalistic activities (e.g., oral history, journalism, biography, literary criticism, legal research, and historical scholarship), including the collection and use of information, that focus directly on the specific individuals about whom the information is collected."