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Writers' guidelines

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.

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: OnYourMind, YourStory, LaughingMatters, LeaderVoice, YourThoughts and BookShelf are all reader written. We also welcome letters to the editor, which are published in YouSaid, and your stories about how you've acted or plan to act to help change the universe, which fit into ActNow. The best way to learn about the type of material we publish is to read the magazine or web site (www.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 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.

YouSaid (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.

Do you have a strong opinion about an issue? This is the place to share it. Your essay should be thought-provoking and may have either an edgy, provocative tone or a more thoughtful, reflective one, depending on the issue you're discussing and how you express yourself. When you write, think about both your personal feelings and the broader implications of the issue at hand. 450 word maximum. Email submissions to editor@womenspress.com.

Have you had an experience that you'd like to share with other women? Consider writing about it for the Your Story column. Your Story pieces, though they may be topical, are personal essays about personal experiences. When you write, think about what you feel most strongly, the deeper implications of your personal experiences and how they may strike a chord for other women. Write as though you're telling your story to a friend. 450 word maximum. Email submissions 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 a 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 450-word essay.

BookTalk For this feature we want to hear a little about your book group and what you read. Answer as many of these questions as you'd like; we'll pick out a few answers for publication. Please be brief.
What book are you currently reading?

What book recently sparked a great discussion? Did members agree about the book? If not, how did you differ?

What book(s) has your group read that you would you most recommend to other readers? Why?

Did the book have a deeper meaning? What was it?

What makes your group work? What tips could you share with other groups? What questions have you discovered that incite the best discussion?

Tell us if you have a name. How did your group come together? How long you've been meeting, how many are in your group? How often you meet, any rituals you have or traditions you follow.

Who are your group's favorite authors? How do you decide what to read? Do you read a particular genre or type of book? Please explain.

Email your answers to editor@womenspress.com.

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