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Minnesota Women’s Press is a mix of the work of professional writers/reporters and 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 deep personal life stories to tell. Each issue includes stories from an intersectional and intergenerational range of storytellers.

Each month has one umbrella theme, and a few special sections. We include only stories that fit into those themes.


20/20 Vision THEMES

The underlying theme in 2020 is that we are all connected in a universal ecosystem. How is our community leadership reflecting that vision? How are powerful, everyday women helping us to stop destroying/ignoring parts of the whole? How are we connecting around collaborative and communal vision? How do we do better when we all do better? What are actionable steps, and ways for readers to interact?

Our team, with input from community, discussed 30 themes and we have settled on these topics for 2020:

Month Topic Description  
Jan. Origins The starting points of people’s stories (e.g. immigrants), roots, planet/universe.
Special sections: Camp, Education & Lifelong Learning, New Year
 
Feb. Taste Food & Fashion, ecosystem of our sustenance, varied images of beauty.
Special sections: Health & Wellness, Money & Business, Pets
 
Mar. Money Matters Pioneers in making women’s worth work for all.
Special sections: Camp, Elder Care, Spirituality
 
Apr. Innovators Women in trades and STEM, artisans, MWP’s anniversary.
Special sections: Celebrations, Home, Green
 
May Song of Life All music and movement, voice and instrument.
Special sections: Kids. 
 
June The Binary Ways we polarize into “this or that” rather than recognizing the spectrum that we are.
Special sections: Elder Care, Pride, Travel
 
July Ecosystem A deep dive into the interconnected ecosystem of our planet including the strengths of the green economy.
Special sections: Health & Wellness, our annual Readers Recommend survey results (postponed from May due to COVID-19)
 
Aug. Body & Soul Body image, embodiment, health, aging, ableism.
Special sections: Education & Lifelong Learning, Travel, Pets, Buy Local (moved from July)
 
Sept. Community Activism Stories about rebuild and restore efforts in the Twin Cities; the ways that women organizers have created collective responses to unrest, inequities, and policy needs; and the “pleasure activism” principle of the positivity in building these community relationships
Special sections: Elder Care, Spirituality, Annual Directory of Women-Friendly Businesses
 
Oct. Gatekeepers The restrictions around who can and cannot access resources — financial, health, policy-making — and how women are working to change that picture. 
Special sections: Education & Lifelong Learning, Health & Wellness, Money & Business, Vote
 
Nov. Being Whole Mind, spirit, soul — restoration, rejuvenation, self-care, sexuality.
Special sections: Pets, Giving, Holiday
 
Dec. Changemakers Our annual honor of 10-12 Changemakers as nominated by community.
Special sections: Holiday, Spirituality
 

All story ideas can be sent to editor@womenspress.com with “Story Idea” in subject line.

Payment: To keep our costs low, as a free publication, we do not typically pay for reader-submitted essays. We pay a small fee to reporters and assignment writers, and are beginning to work with sponsors to enhance revenue streams for a deeper Storytelling Fund.

Deadline: We decide on the story mix for an issue two months prior to the issue, with stories due no later than 6 weeks prior to the issue date (roughly by the 20th), so we can do photo shoots, copyediting, fact-checking, and design no later than the 10th of the preceding month.


Content Categories

We feature regular sections that tend to follow the theme of the month. Find past stories here on the website to give you a better sense of how you might position your story idea according to the categories we tend to focus on.

News & Activism: Action, Equity, Ecosystem, Politics/Policy. Action includes insights about how to make change happen in the community, complete with next steps. Up to 600 words.

Community: Adventure/Sports, Arts, Education, Food, Greater MN, Indigenous, Identity, LGBTQ+, Money/Biz

Self: Ages/Stages, Books, End of Life, Family/Home, Health/Healing, Sexuality, Spirituality, Trauma

P.O.V.: Our Tapestry items, Perspective columns, Editor’s Letter, letters to the editor. 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 editor@womenspress.com; to be considered, send by the 5th of the previous month (i.e., March 5 for April issue). Our editor’s letter tends to give a prompt for inspiration on future themes.

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 with LETTER in the subject line. These are made available only online.


GENERAL GUIDELINES

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