Write for WVFC


Writers’ Guidelines

Women’s Voices for Change invites submissions of news commentaries, personal essays, and expert analysis. We encourage all WVFC readers to take part in the ongoing conversation aimed at redefining the way women over 40 are seen in the culture, and how we see ourselves. Previously unpublished nonfiction work is preferred.

 

Departments

Expert Analysis: We’re looking for writers to share their knowledge and to discuss the story behind the story. In addition to covering current events, we are particularly interested in submissions from experts in finance, global commerce, and fashion.  We are always ready to cover women in politics, women in the arts, trends in advertising and marketing to women, retirement planning, and other issues of interest to WVFC readers.

Perspectives: We consider personal essays about our lives, work, passions, and history, including commentary on going against conventional wisdom, stories about triumphing over the unexpected, and essays about everyday life that reinforce the adage “the personal is political.”

Culture and Media: Those writers who have published book, film, music, or art reviews should send us samples so we can consider making an assignment in any of those areas. We recognize that media coverage of women over 40 is sparse and the representations of women in and beyond menopause are often inaccurate or incomplete. Articles that identify the best and worst examples of media coverage, including television programs, advertisements, magazine articles—you name it—are especially encouraged.

 

Suggested Length

Typical entries are between 1,000 and 1,500 words. 

 

Compensation

Our compensation rate is $50 per post for no more than two posts per month.

 

Submitting

Send us a query letter before you start writing about an idea. We like to start working with writers—even first-timers—before the piece is assigned, so we can help shape it in the way that will fit the website best. Send us your idea as a short pitch and we’ll get back to you about what comes next.  Short proposals, including your writing credentials, can be sent to [email protected].

Once your idea has been approved and you’ve written the story, submit it as an MSW document, as an attachment, to [email protected].

Both the email and the document should include the writer’s full name, address, and email address.  We would appreciate a short bio with your submission and may request a photo after acceptance.

 

Review Process

Submissions will be edited with input from the writer. We publish submissions only with the writer’s approval. All submissions become the property of WVFC.