**Submissions are currently closed until December 15th, as we are scheduled through the end of the year! We have received more fantastic essay submissions than we are able to publish, and are taking a break until we are caught up. We look forward to reading your submissions for 2019!**
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
You can also join our free five-day personal essay challenge, where we go into even more detail about the qualities of great essay writing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
“Furious Awakening” by Emily Nichols Grossi
“Midlife and the Death of the Start” by Elura Nanos