Thank you for your interest in writing for the Minnesota Women's Press. We are always pleased to hear from Minnesota-based readers who want to write for us. Here's what you'll find on this page:

1) Writing opportunities

2) 2019 themes

3) 2019 specialty guide content needed

4) General guidelines


WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

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 an intersectional and intergenerational range of 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. Your submissions need to be in one of these areas:

1) Thematic assignments — each month has an umbrella theme; we look for story ideas to assign and essayists who speak on different angles around this theme

2) Specialty topic guides — each issue has up to three special sections that feature an article on that topic; this is the easiest place to break in as a new writer

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


1. THEMATIC ASSIGNMENTS (subject to revision)

Our themes in 2019 focus on reframing narratives — how are we getting the stories wrong, or leaving voices out of the discussion, and who are the innovative women who are leading a shift in how we see things?

  • DONE January: Identity — how are the ways we define ourselves useful, and how are they limiting?
  • FILLED February: Healingwhere are the solutions to healing trauma, particularly related to generational racism, sexual assault, and adverse childhood experience? (related to January 15 event)
  • Feminisms (March) —Feminism is defined as believing that all people are equal. People have different ideas about how to make that happen. Essay questions we are asking: What is essential to your vision of how to create a community of equality? Growing up, were you taught that you were equal to those around you? Tell about a time you faced a particular challenge to feeling that you were equal to others.
  • Elders & Endings (April) — This magazine is about living intentionally by reflecting and talking about our inevitable death, as well as with elders in our communities. Essay questions we are asking: If you were to die tomorrow, what do you hope family and friends will say about you? Is there an elder in your community you particularly respect, or have grown from, and why? Do you support "dying with dignity" legislation? (relates to our MWP Conversations on April 13)
  • War & Peace (May) — These stories reflect on how our propensity toward ownership and winning has led to many issues in our society today. Do you believe this? We'd like to include women's essays from multiple perspectives.
  • Sports & Adventure (June) — Women who boldly go. What have you done for fun recreation, stress relief, relaxation in nature, or personal challenge? What impact does or did it have on your state of mind?
  • Transformative Justice (July) — The prevailing wisdom says that punishment deters crime. Research for decades has examined how that is not true. Restoration of a person’s sense of dignity tends to be a better predictor of building a safer community. Essay questions we are asking: What is your greatest fear? What do you believe gives you the most security in coping with this fear, and why? (relates to MWP Conversations on July 9) We also will look at the propensity for discarding in general, and how life-long punishment impacts families and communities.
  • Greater Minnesota (August) — In this issue we share stories we have received in the previous months about the progressive-minded trends, community engagement, and powerful everyday women throughout the state.
  • Under 30 (September) — full issue potentially guest-edited by two teams of college students
  • TBD October: Potential topics are Gateways,Truth, Body, Sex, Innovation. Very often these themes are based on how many good story ideas have been suggested to us months prior.
  • Native Roots (November) — all things about the origins, culture, and spirituality of the local Native community.
  • Changemakers (annual December issue)

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

DEADLINE: We decide 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 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.


2. SPECIALTY TOPIC GUIDES

January: Camp, Education & Lifelong Learning, New Year

February: Health & Wellness, Money & Business, Pets

March: Camp, Elder Care, Home

April: Celebrations, Spirituality, Green

May: Kids, our annual What Women Want readers' favorites survey results

June: Elder Care, Pride, Travel

July: Health & Wellness, Buy Local

August: Education & Lifelong Learning,Travel, Pets

September: Elder Care, Spirituality, Annual Directory of Women-Friendly Businesses

October: Education & Lifelong Learning, Health & Wellness, Money & Business

November: Pets, Giving, Holiday

December: Holiday, Spirituality


3. CONTENT SECTIONS

These usually follow the theme of the month.

Tapestry
This invites readers to reflect in short form on the theme of the month. It is a new feature in 2019 (substituting for the previous Reader Response section) that is designed for readers to contribute to the topic-of-the-month without a proscribed question to answer. Submit artwork, infographics, or thoughts of roughly 150 words, to editor@womenspress.com no later than the 10th of the previous month. 

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 book or genre that you're passionate about and why. Include a list of five related book titles by women authors with your 600-word essay.

Act Now
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 impact community, and how you suggest we bridge the gaps. Up to 600 words.

Conscious Mind
How you perceive the world and find peace within it. Up to 600 words.

Grounded
Environmental action you are taking, or your experience of nature. Up to 600 words.

Learning Life
Educating self, women, and 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.