Story Topics


2023: The Year of Rebalance

We are living in times where reproductive justice, public safety, diversity in education and politics, and democracy itself are shifting — leading people to feel fear, anger, stress, and dismay. Our focus of Minnesota Women’s Press storytelling and Changemakers Alliance conversations in 2023 will be on the resilience and energy people are bringing to transformation.

All story ideas can be sent to [email protected] with “Story Idea” in subject line.

 
Month
Topic
Description
 
January Mentors
An exploration of intergenerational relationships between people who support one another in work and life. Featuring the voices of those in farming, politics, education, and more. Special sections: Pets, Camp & Kids
 
February Books
Excerpts and conversations with new and established Minnesota authors. Special sections: Money & Business, Education & Learning
 
March Defusing Toxic Masculinity
How to improve public safety — from dismantling rape culture to fighting sex trafficking and intimate partner violence. Based on a series of Changemakers Alliance conversations and community-submitted stories. Special sections: Elder, Camp & Kids
 
April Under 30
People under 30 share their joys and concerns, and lead this special issue. Special sections: Healing, Home & Garden
 
May Values & Vision
Urban and rural people in conversation about their passions, especially as creative artists. Special sections: Travel & Adventure, Camp & Kids, Readers Recommend
 
June Reproductive Justice
One year after the fall of Roe, how is Minnesota performing as a “safe haven” for abortion care? What steps remain to ensure access to reproductive care for all? Special sections: Elder, Home & Garden
 
July Main Street
How BIPOC entrepreneurs are revitalizing Minnesota communities, based on a series of CALL conversations and submitted stories. Special sections: Buy Local, Pets
 
August River Stories
This breezy issue will share stories from along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi.
Special sections: Healing, Education & Learning
 
September Work
The ways our work lives are shifting — including the role of labor unions, anti-racist movements in the workplace, and changing family leave practices.
Special sections: Directory, Elder, Travel & Adventure
 
October The Land Remembers How are sites of atrocities in Minnesota becoming sites of reconciliation and healing? Stories about those who are working to ensure that history is not erased. Special sections: Money & Business, Nonprofit
November Child Welfare From American Indian boarding schools to the modern day foster care system, “child welfare” has a tangled history. We trace roots and learn what is being done in Minnesota to better support kids.
Special sections: Holiday, Pets
 
December Changemakers Our annual issue focused on 10 people and organizations who made change in 2023 around equity, justice, and self-determination for women and children.
Special sections: Healing, Holiday
 

Thank you for your interest in writing for or sharing story ideas with Minnesota Women’s Press.

Minnesota Women’s Press is a mix of the work of intersectional and intergenerational writers/reporters, combined with readers who have first-person stories to share. Some of the most poignant writing comes from women who might not have writing experience, but have personal life experiences to share. 

Each month has one umbrella theme, and a few special sections. We include only stories that fit into those themes. We ask community members for suggestions on our topics months in advance. Read our current stories before proposing an idea in order to understand our approach.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON TIMING: We assign our stories two months in advance. A story for the December issue will be assigned on October 1, with a rough draft due date of October 20, and a final draft review — after it goes through copy-editing, fact-checking, and preliminary design — on November 10. We ask for head shots submitted for all personal essays, and assign our photographer to featured stories.

Payment: As a free publication for more than 25,000 people, our expenses are deep for distribution and printing costs. We publish online opinion stories with no payment. Personal essays are assigned for $100. Reported stories run at 20/cents a word. Most of our stories average 700 words.

Ethics: We rarely run stories that promote a person’s business or book/product, but when we do it is because it ties into an existing theme. We don’t tend to pay for those, since it is of mutual benefit to the individual’s work.

Content Categories

Tapestry is designed for readers to contribute to the topic-of-the-month in short form. Submit artwork, infographics, or thoughts of roughly 300 words related to the monthly theme to [email protected] To be considered, send by the 3rd of the previous month (i.e., March 3 for April issue). The monthly prompt question can be found in our e-newsletter.

Opinions and Commentaries
We publish a variety of opinion essays by readers, and columns by a rotating list of regulars. Additionally, if you want to express views about something we have published, send us a message that we will include online. Include your first and last name, and city of residence; email to [email protected].


GENERAL GUIDELINES

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