HerStories Project Voices Column

Every moment is enormous and it is all we are.”

Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones

Selected Essays


WRITERS:

We're looking for fresh voices: writing about experiences that shape us, moments that define us.

Want to submit to HerStories Voices?


We're thrilled to announce our latest HerStories Project addition: a new column called HerStories Voices. Here we'll publish two essays per month. We're looking for the kind of writing that moves us, amazes us, and makes us wish that we had written it ourselves. As always, we want to highlight the best of women's voices and show the uniqueness and commonalities of women's experiences.

We are continuing with our monthly themes this year. Our September theme is FRIENDSHIP, October's is FEAR, and November's is GRATITUDE. 

Guidelines for Writers:

  • Send your essay in the body of an e-mail to herstoriesvoices@gmail.com. No attachments, please. Include a short bio and your social media links.
  • ​The HerStories Project will pay $40 for essays accepted for publication. You will hear from us within three weeks if your essay has been accepted.
  • We are looking for personal essays of up to 2000 words. (What do we mean by personal essays? Check out this post....)
  • ​Send us an essay focused on an experience or moment - big or small - that transformed you or made you realize something important. 
  • Make sure that your essay grabs our attention as readers from the start and makes us think and feel at the end.
  • By submitting your essay to HerStories Voices, you agree to make sure that The HerStories Project is given credit for first publication of the essay, along with a link to the HerStories site.
  • The September theme for our column is FRIENDSHIP.

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Need some examples of personal essays about memorable moments that we love? Here are some from former HerStories contributors:

"Steering Clear"

"Reluctant Sorority Sisters"

"When a Birthday for a Child Starts Off With a Dead Bird"​

"When Your Parent Is a Stranger"​

30 comments

  1. Laura Moore says:

    I have the same question as Kristin and Kristine. I wanted to revise one of my blog post essays and submit that to the Her Stories Project. Would the fact it appeared on my blog in any form disqualify it from this project? Thanks so much for your response.

  2. Joan downs says:

    I have asked the administrators of this site to respond to your questions, but I think that, given the final paragraph of the rules, which says “By submitting your essay to HerStories Voices, you agree to make sure that The HerStories Project is given credit for first publication of the essay, along with a link to the HerStories site”, this must be a previously unpublished essay (hence the note about “first publication of the essay.”) I am not completely sure about this, but it seems to make sense to me. Hop this helps.

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