[Please carefully read this
section before submitting work.]
writers are all, with a few exceptions, women living
in Western North Carolina.* 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.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR
WNC WOMAN celebrates the wisdom, insight, experience, and
know-how of women. We want to read about women doing stuff:
building thingswhether 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 get us thinking.
We would love to have at least one belly laugh per issuea dozen if possible.
We have a very particular intent with WNC WOMAN. See our Mission/Vision
Statement on our Home page. We
have many submissions from which we choose the most appropriate
pieces. We encourage you to study the magazine
to get a better idea what we are looking for.
Writers usually* must be women living in Western North Carolina. Only
rarely do we make exceptions. (In our annual June Y Chromosome
issue, we invite those with a Y Chromosome to join our ranks!
And beginning in July 2010, we are interested in one profile each
month of particularly inspiring men or an article about relationships
from the male perspective.) And we only write ABOUT women living
in Western North Carolina.
Length of articles: We like depth so we'll accept pieces up
to about 2500 words (and photos or artwork too, in 300dpi); we are interested in short pieces
from time to time (say, 500 words) but generally like from 1000 words
Looking at some new categories: In the past we were not interested
in health related articles; however, since the demise of New Life Journal,
we feel this area is not well covered in WNC. We are interested in stories
of your experiences with health crises, how you coped, who supported
you, etc. Articles that inspire others is what we like to read. We love reviews of books by regional writers. 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.
ARE NOT LOOKING FOR:
We are NOT interested in what is out there in abundance. Even when we focus on health or music or food, we want an interesting, unusual, perhaps unique and personal viewpoint.
We are not interested in "newsworthy" information: we
are not a newspaper. We want our content to be as timely
a year or six years from now as it is the day it comes out. We
do not accept press releases: if you want to get word
out about your event, consider a display ad in WNC WOMAN (ads
make this publication possible.)
We are not interested in self-promotional articles about your product
or service: this is the role of paid advertising. Paid advertising
is what makes this publication possible. We do a number of profiles of local business women each month, but we want those to be rich with who the woman is, how and why she started her business, what her challenges have been, not simply what she does.
1. We are looking for excellence in the written word. We encourage
a positive tone and active voice. Think about what might go in a sidebar.
If there are good websites related to your article, do include their
expect you to have carefully edited and proofed your
work, and to have run a spell check.
Include your bio which will be printed 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
Please send your article via
email to email@example.com as
an attached Word document or directly in the
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.
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.
Please put the word SUBMISSION as the first word in the subject
line; this helps us retrieve relevant emails easily.
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.
Please submit your own work, unless
you do not have a computer and you submit it through a friend. Otherwise,
we do not accept third party submissions (as through an agent or
We are now accepting writing from women outside of Western North Carolina.