We have loved doing #FruitfulSummer with you over the past two years! Each time, we learn more about how to tend to our friendships, embracing awkward, reaching out, and celebrating traditions while doing so.

In the summer of 2017, we're excited to release another Fruitful Summer magazine! We'd love your help putting it together. Read below for more information on how you can submit your photos and stories to be published.

Fruitful Summer Submissions

To submit a photo

What we're looking for:

  • Summer fun! (e.g. simple lifestyle images of anything from popsicles to pool floats to sandcastles)
  • Friendship and relationships (e.g. friends laughing together, holding hands, hugging)
  • Summer adventures (e.g. friends at the beach together, having a lunch date, having a fun adventure, or trying something new)

What we look for in a photograph:

  • Clean editing. To best show off the content of your images, we love clean editing without any filters. True to life color is important to us, and we love seeing those bright whites shine!
  • Color. It is summer after all, when everything is a little brighter and more vibrant. We want to show that in our pages and through your photos!
  • Negative space. While there's certainly room for full, abundant images (and we hope you submit them, also!), many of the images we hope to use may have text overlaid on them. Negative space in your images allows us to incorporate them into our content well.

How to submit:

  • Size your photo(s) to 600px wide or smaller
  • Name your photo(s) after your email address so we know how to contact you (i.e. "nicole@cultivatewhatmatters.com 1.jpg")
  • Upload your images to our Dropbox FTP. Your images and your email will not be visible to others.
  • Please do not send dropbox links, zipped files, or gallery links
  • Please note: We are so appreciative of your submission and the time it took for you to put it together! Because of the volume of submissions we anticipate receiving, we cannot reply to each email individually. If your photos are selected for print, we'll be reaching out to you!


To submit a story

What we're looking for:

  • Stories of how you embraced awkward to meet a new friend
  • How a friendship you've developed during Fruitful Summer has made your life more joyful
  • A time that you used a new skill or trick you learned from Fruitful Summer
  • Traditions you have with friends
  • Acts of kindness that you love doing, or a fun story from a time you performed or received and act of kindness

How to submit:


Fruitful Summer