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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 and talented readers. Some of the most articulate writing we've published has come from women who don't consider themselves writers. In short, we want stories from all kinds of women. If you feel strongly about your job, an issue or a life experience, please tell us about it. We do not pay for reader submissions.

We have particular essay sections — new and old — that use reader contributions, which you will find listed below.

For 2018, we are planning the following upcoming magazine themes that are still in need of story ideas and writers:

  • April: Equality
  • May: Caregiving
  • June: Food
  • July: Travel

All submissions can be sent to editor@womenspress.com.

  • Essays are always written in the first person and are based on the writer's personal experience or feelings about an issue or topic.
  • We use personal essays in several sections of the magazine and on our website.
  • We also welcome letters to the editor, which are published online.
  • The best way to learn about the type of material we publish is to read the magazine or web site (womenspress.com).
  • Other than occasional news service items, our content is original (not previously published) and our writers all 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  • We do not quote men or use them as experts.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.
  • We reserve the right to edit for style and length.
  • All essays should be submitted in written form; email is the preferred method of submission. Please, no phone calls. All essays are written on speculation.
  • 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.

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


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 100 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.

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 500-word essay.

Your insights about how to make change happen in the community. Up to 500 words.


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 100 words, or a visual. 

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 500 words.

Conscious Mind
How you are living in awareness of the world beyond self, including experiences with nature and meditative practices. Up to 500 words.

Offer your essay of up to 500 words about environmental action you are taking.

Learning Life
Your viewpoints about how we are educating girls in our communities. Up to 500 words.