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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. 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.
3. Length of articles: We like depth so we’ll accept pieces up to about 1500 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 1500, rarely more unless the article warrants those words.
4. 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 email@example.com and we will discuss it with you.
5. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 or double space; 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 email@example.com as an attached Word document or directly in the email. Put the word SUBMISSION in the subject line.
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. 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.
February 2016: Family Relationships: The Landscape of Our Lives. All the ways in which we are challenged, inspired, etc. by our families (of origin or of choice, extended or nuclear!).
March 2016: Improvisational Living. Creative ways you have found to live simply, frugally, or just plain adventurously! Tiny homes; living on the road; intentional community living; what other unusual ways have you found to thrive in the world today.
April 2016: Food and Farming… Staying Local. We live in such a rich area for locally grown, organic food! We want profiles of what women farmers (and their families) are doing to make it work. Stories of your own food/health experiences… you get the idea!
May 2016: Out and About. Whether you hike in the gorgeous mountains of WNC; kayak on our rivers; simply relax in Hot Springs; or attend outdoor concerts throughout the season; we want to hear about it.
June 2016: The Y-Chromosome. Our annual issue honoring the men in our lives! We write about men and allow men to write for us as well.
July 2016: Alternative Commitments… Gettin’ Hitched; Tying the Knot; Handfasting; Jumping the Broom; Nuptials… you get the message. We want to hear about the various ways to confirm a lasting commitment to your significant other.
August 2016: Great Adventures. All about travel, near and far! What brings the tourists here in droves? What are your favorite places to explore and bring your visiting friends and family to enjoy?
September 2016: Woman’s Best Friend. How we love our companion animals… cats, dogs, birds, horses… and more.
October 2016: Women’s Health. Our bodies, our selves: how we take care of them; learning to accept the changes as we age (anyone over 25 recognizes those!). A great opportunity for regional practitioners to promote themselves in our advertising section. (See advertising for how to contact one of our super account managers).
November 2016: Our Foodie Culture… and Drink! We’ll expand on Food for Thought; more about health and eating well; what food means to us, especially at this Holiday time of year.
December 2016: Endings & Beginnings. A time to reflect on where you’ve been in 2016; changes, growth, and gains & losses. Where you hope to be in the New Year and how you plan to get there.