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?
  • DONE February: Healingwhere are the solutions to healing trauma, particularly related to generational racism, sexual assault, and adverse childhood experience? (related to January 15 event)
  • DONE Feminisms (March) —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.
  • DONE Endings (April) — Living intentionally by reflecting and talking about our inevitable end. How we have experienced and coped with loss? (relates to our MWP Conversations on April 13)
  • DONE: Sports & Adventure (May) — 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?
  • DONE: War & Peace (June) — Our foundation as a country has been built on ownership of people and resources, which inevitably leads to conflict and injustice. How are women leading the pathways to an infrastructure that is more equitable and sustainable?
  • DONE: Transformation (July) We will look at the propensity for discarding what we deem unworthy, and ways that women are changing that narrative.
  • DONE: Greater Minnesota (August) — Community engagement and essays from powerful, everyday women throughout the state.
  • DONE: Under 30 (September) — Full issue guest-edited by women aged 16-29.
  • Final assignments made by 8/5: Visionaries (October) — This issue is about women who are leading visionary ideas around the infrastructures of education, economics, equalities, energy, evolution.
  • Final assignments made by 9/5: Turtle Island (November) — All Native storytellers sharing the origins, culture, and spirituality of the full ecosystem.
  • Changemakers (annual December issue) — submit your suggestions by 9/1.

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, 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.

For 2020 themes: Potential topics are Body, Innovation, Accountability, Visualization, Creating Men, Global Perspective. Very often these themes are based on how many good story ideas have been suggested to us months prior that might create a tipping point into a good magazine issue.


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 in short form. Submit artwork, infographics, or thoughts of roughly 200-300 words, to editor@womenspress.com; for best chance os being included, send by the 25th two months prior (i.e., February 25 for April issue).

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. These are related to our monthly theme, so peruse the list above. 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, complete with Act = Change suggestions. 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.