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Thank you for your interest in writing for the Minnesota Women's Press. We are always pleased to hear from readers who want to write for us.

The Minnesota Women's Press content is a mix of the work of professional writers/reporters and talented readers. Some of the most articulate and poignant writing comes from women who don't consider themselves writers but have a deep personal story they want to share. We want stories from a range of intersectional and intergenerational women.

Essays: If you feel strongly about your job, an issue, or a life experience, please tell us about it. We do not pay for reader-submitted essays, but we do offer a great platform for online and print sharing of your viewpoints.

Assignments: We do pay a small fee to our reporters and assignment writers, and are building new revenue streams for our free publication so that we can increase our storyteller fund.

There are three ways we organize our content, and thus seek submissions:

1) Thematic assignments — each month has a general umbrella theme; we look for story ideas to assign and essayists who speak to this theme

2) Specialty topic guides — each issue has three special sections that feature a related article that benefits from reader submission

3) Content sections — we have categories of content listed below that particularly use essays from reader submissions


1. THEMATIC ASSIGNMENTS

For 2018, the following magazine themes are coming up:

  • July: Space — FULL: finding a sense of peace in nature, connection in community, seeking a sense of home and belonging
  • August: Climate — how things are heating up, politically and environmentally
  • September: Story — 'how I am using the power of my voice as a woman this year'
  • October: The Vote — what matters to us as we walk in to the voting booth
  • November: Vision — preparing for the future, what do our women leaders see for 2019?
  • December: the annual Changemaker edition; stay tuned for nomination deadlines

All story ideas can be sent to editor@womenspress.com.

We finish deciding on the story mix for an issue two months prior to the issue (roughly by the 1st), with stories due no later than 6 weeks prior (so we can do photo shoots, copyediting, factchecking, design).


2. SPECIALTY TOPIC GUIDES

July: Health & Wellness, Buy Local, Women & Pets

August: Just for Kids, Lifelong Learning, Women Going Places

September: Elder care, Go Green, Spirituality

October: Lifelong Learning, Health & Wellness, Guide to Voting

November: Women & Pets, Guide to Giving, Holiday

December: Home, Holiday, Spirituality


3. CONTENT SECTIONS

These usually follow the theme of the month.

Reader Responses
This is a spin on the long-time "Your Thoughts" section, inviting readers to respond to a question of the month. See each issue or this website for the upcoming questions. Email your responses of up to 150 words, or a visual. 

BookShelf
Our readers love to read, and they like to know what other women are reading, too. For the BookShelf feature we want to hear about a genre of book that you're passionate about and why. Include a list of five related book titles by women authors with your 600-word essay.

ActNow
Your insights about how to make change happen in the community. Up to 600 words.

ISM Schism
The divisions of racism, sexism, LGBTQ-plus discrimination, ageism and more that plague community, and how you are bridging the gaps. Up to 600 words.

Conscious Mind
How you are living in awareness of the world beyond self, including experiences with nature and meditative practices. Up to 600 words.

Grounded
Offer your essay of up to 600 words about environmental action you are taking.

Learning Life
Your viewpoints about how we are educating girls in our communities. Up to 600 words.

Letters to the editor
Do you love or hate something we published? Whether you're giving kudos or reading us the riot act, please share your views on anything we've published recently by writing a letter to the editor. Limit your letters to 150 words, and include your first and last name, city of residence, and a daytime phone number where you can be reached; email to editor@womenspress.com. These are made available only online.

GENERAL GUIDELINES
The following guidelines were created to help you prepare your essay or letter for publication.

  • Essays are always written in the first person and are based on the writer's personal experience or feelings about an issue or topic.
  • Submissions are for use in both the print and online versions of our magazine.
  • Your chances of submitting something that works well for our audience is to read the magazine.
  • Our content tends to be original.
  • All of our writers live in Minnesota or have a strong Minnesota connection.
  • We do not quote men or use them as experts. While we recognize the need to build community and tackle issues together, the genesis for this publication is that men have tended to get plenty of voice in other media and conversations, and this is the space for women's voices.
  • We edit for style and length. When time allows, we share revisions with the writer ahead of our final production days
  • All essays should be submitted in written form; email is the preferred method of submission. Please, no phone calls.
  • We receive more submissions than we can publish, and we cannot always respond quickly.
  • Sometimes we plan to publish your submission, but space considerations may force us to hold it for a later issue.