**Submissions are currently closed


The HerStories Project Voices column publishes first-person essays about what it’s like to be a Gen-X woman at midlife. It also considers opinion pieces and informational articles or features. (Note: We have a pretty loose definition of Gen X — anyone who’s now in their late thirties to late fifties.)

Although we are interested in essays about how any facet of your life at midlife — work, kids, marriage, care taking, and all the rest — affects your particular experience, we are not a parenting publication, per se. In other words, we are less interested in essays about how to parent or how to raise good children and more interested in you.

Suggested word count: 750-2000 words

For the qualities that we look for in a personal essay, please read this article from us. For more on our tips (as editors) about how to get published online, read this.

We do not accept previously published work (including personal blogs). If you have sent your piece to multiple publications, please let us know if it has been accepted somewhere else.

To submit to The HerStories Project, please send your completed piece to submissions@herstoriesproject.com, in an email (no attachments, please). Also, please include a short bio (2-3 sentences) and 2-3 links to other published pieces (if you have them).

Pay: $80 for a personal essay or opinion piece (Pay is negotiated for longer feature articles.)

Please note: We are a small publication with a small staff. We will get back to you about the status of your submission within 4-5 weeks (usually sooner!).

Please read some of our most recent essays to get a sense of the writing we love:

When Dual Unemployment Tests a Marriage” by Liz Alterman

Do What’s a Blast” by Ann Imig

I Gave Birth to Writing” by Elana Rabinowitz

Learning to Swim: An Anxiety Disorder Journey” by Marcia Kester Doyle

“My Parents Raised Me To Be Fearless. Then Why Am I So Scared?” by Gina Rich

Furious Awakening” by Emily Nichols Grossi

Midlife and the Death of the Start” by Elura Nanos

We will also announce regular theme-based Calls For Submissions to our subscribers in our newsletter.