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Writer’s Guidelines and Editorial Themes
We welcome writing from corporate execs, university faculty, housewives and mommies. We recognize that wisdom and profound insight, humor and wit can reside within any of us, no matter the letters following our name or our position in society.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR 1. WNC WOMAN celebrates the wisdom, insight, experience, and know-how of women. We want to read about women doing stuff: building things—whether it is barns, businesses, or better mousetraps; fixing things, whether it is her plumbing, her car, or her life. We want to know what you have done that you never thought you could do. We want to read about you turning around a bad situation. We want to read about things that work: successful alliances formed, dreams manifested, obstacles overcome. We want to read about women who say “Oh yeah? Says who?” to the lies they have been told, the myths about what is and is not possible. We also want some really juicy fiction, poetry that moves us, (we only accept free verse) and essays that inspire and get us thinking. We would love to have at least one belly laugh per issue—a dozen if possible.
2. We have a very particular intent with WNC WOMAN. We encourage you to study the magazine to get a better idea what we are looking for. Our style is more personal than a newsmagazine so we have many first-person stories; but we are also OK with those written in a more journalistic, third-person style if they are still experiential.
3. Writers usually must be women living in Western North Carolina. Only rarely do we make exceptions if the topic is of unusual interest. And we typically only write ABOUT women living in Western North Carolina. In our annual June Y Chromosome issue, we invite those with a Y Chromosome to join our ranks! If you have someone you would like to profile, email us with information (a link to website?) so we can determine if that is of interest to our readers.
4. Length of articles: We like depth so we’ll accept pieces up to about 1900 words (and photos or artwork too, in 300dpi); we are interested in short pieces that are pithy (say, 500 words) but generally like from 1000 words up to 1900, rarely more unless the article warrants those words.
5. We are interested in health related articles if they fit the guidelines in #1. We are interested in stories of your experiences with health crises, how you coped, who supported you, etc. Articles that inspire others or impart information that is new are what we like to read. We love reviews of books by regional writers. We recently started a new section called Home Space and would love to read articles about your experiences with remodeling, with buying or selling a home, etc. Our intention here is to exchange thoughts, information and insight on a range of issues of importance to women and their families. If you have an idea for an entirely new category, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss it with you.
6. If you are submitting a PROFILE of someone, please be sure they have approved the article before sending to submissions. We are unable to accept profiles of businesses that are not advertising with WNC Woman. Since advertising dollars are what make the magazine possible, we prioritize our advertisers in terms of editorial/space. If you are interested in having a profile done about you and your business, please contact email@example.com to learn about our competitive ad prices and the perks we offer our advertisers (including a Meet Our Advertisers profile). As we always say: “Your Success is Our Success.”
PREPARING YOUR WORK 1. We are looking for excellence in the written word. We encourage a positive tone and active voice. If there are good websites related to your article, do include their URL. We expect you to have carefully edited and proofed your work, and to have run a spell check. Please don’t send us a “draft” of your article; do your editing and proofing before sending since we will usually start our proofing and layout right away and sending a new version simply complicates the process and can result in the wrong version being printed! If you do send a revised version after we have completed editing it, we reserve the right to publish our edited version. Of course, we are happy to add or change a limited amount of information such as names, dates, etc. that may be incorrect in the original version we have edited. Please simply email those changes to us.
2. Include your bio at the end of your article. Two or three sentences should be sufficient. Please include in your bio whatever contact information you’d like for our readers and put it at the end of your article. We don’t normally print photos of authors except for our regular monthly columnists due to space considerations.
3. Please don’t indent your paragraphs, double space, or do “hard returns” at the end of sentences; all those make our job harder when we place your article into our layout. You don’t need to try to “format” the article in any particular way since that formatting will not transfer to the actual magazine layout.
SUBMITTING YOUR WORK
1. Please send your article via email to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attached Word document or directly in the email.
2. At this time we are not able to pay our writers. We want the rights to print your work and have it online, but otherwise, because we are not paying, we do not assume ownership—it is yours to do with as you will after it is published in WNC WOMAN. If it is later published elsewhere, we simply ask that at the end you say “First published in WNC WOMAN” and the date.
3. Even if we express interest in your work and say we intend to publish it, we never know until the very last minute if it will fit in print in a particular month… it may not fit until several months later; we will let you know once the final version goes to the printer. If you decide not to wait but prefer to submit the article elsewhere, just let us know via email.
4. Please put the word SUBMISSION as the first word in the subject line; this helps us retrieve relevant emails easily.
5. The deadline is the first of the month AT LEAST ONE, PREFERABLY TWO MONTHS in advance. For example, we need to receive an article for the January issue by December 1st, hopefully November 1st. We may possibly take work closer to the publication date, so email to ask if you are working on something but won’t have it by the two-month deadline… but the FINAL deadline is the first of the month prior to publication. We will give priority to those articles submitted earliest, all things being equal.
May 2015: The Path to Happiness. How do any of us “create” happiness in our lives? Have you experienced a way to be happier? Is happiness something we can work at or are we born with a specific “set point” for it? We want to hear your experiences!
June 2015: Our annual Y-Chromosome Issue. We love to hear from men about what’s going on in their lives; relationships, work, cultural expectations/roles and how that may be changing. Poetry and short stories, of course, are welcome.
July 2015: Music, music, music. What else is there to say!? We live in one of the most musically rich and diverse areas; we’ll have profiles of local musicians and want to hear about how music affects your life and your well-being.
August 2015: Let’s Get Physical! Our sort-of-annual issue about all the ways we benefit from getting physical; exercise, dance, hiking… maintaining good health as we age; giving our kids a good, healthy start in life and all the ages in between.
September 2015: Women Minding Their Own Business. In the past we have done this issue every January but it has proven such a popular topic that we are now doing it semi-annually. We’ll have lots of profiles of local businesses in a special section and even more advice you can use to grow and help your business (and your personal finances) thrive.
October 2015: The Money Garden. Money seems to be one of those topics and issues that trips up many, many of us… especially women. We’d like to hear about your experiences and beliefs about creating wealth; limitations and obstacles you’ve overcome (or are still wrestling with!). We’ll have advice, ideas, suggestions from our columnists to support you in growing your money garden.
November 2015: The Business and Craft of Art. WNC is a Mecca for established and budding artists and craftspeople. We want to hear about how you are “making it” in the business in practical terms as well as emotionally. We will profile organizations in our region that support the arts and serve as important resources.
December 2015: A Free-for-All month, themewise! We often focus this month on family, celebrations, gratitude, giving and receiving… and we welcome stories about any of those. But, this year we won’t limit submissions to any particular theme. We’d especially like to receive short stories and poetry.