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Last updated on Jul 18, 2018 18:48 in Magazine
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Information on Submissions


Thank you for your interest in contributing to WomELLE Magazine. We publish 12 themed print and web issues a year. Most WomELLE readers are participants in creating a better leadership world for women, and depend on us to show them what other change-makers have achieved. When you write for WomELLE, you’re working to satisfy that need.


It’s OK if your story discusses on leadership, motivation, or story. Most of our articles do. But they also go beyond that, and spotlight the most promising ideas, actions, movements, and projects taking us forward toward solutions. They do all this with great storytelling, lovely writing, and a commitment to journalistic accuracy.


What kinds of stories does WomELLE Magazine publish?


Our stories tend to fall into a few specific beats, which center around the key problems of our time: Leadership change for women; women equal pay; racial injustice; and women empowerment. We want to know what solutions are working, as well as what people have learned along the way. We prefer reporting on ideas, actions, movements and projects that are past the planning stages, and have the potential to be replicated or scaled. Bonus points if your story is “leadership,” and helps to solve more than one problem at once.

We publish reported features (generally 700 to 2,200 words) and commentaries (generally 700 to 1,200 words). We occasionally commission journalism in other formats, such as comics, illustrations, or photo essays.

A couple of story types we tend to stay away from:

Stories primarily about philanthropic or politic

Stories that take place outside of the United States, UK or Canada (with some exceptions)

Purely speculative stories about what a particular thing that does not exist would do, if it only existed

Stories about specific technological solutions

Fiction and poetry


How should I propose a story?


Check the WomELLE magazine to make sure we have not recently run a piece on the same topic you are proposing.

Send us a pitch—not a finished draft. Usually two or three paragraphs are enough to let us know if your idea is something we want to pursue. The best pitches are packed with specific information, represent your writing style, and indicate the sources of information you intend to use. A working headline helps, and, if your story is timely, give us a news hook.


Include your credentials, including relevant published clips. Email your pitch to submissions [at] support@womelle.org  with the word “PITCH” in the subject line. If you are querying about a time-sensitive news story, please put "timely" in the subject line too.


What happens next?


We cannot respond personally to every pitch we are sent. You will receive an email saying we have your pitch. If you don’t hear from us again within four weeks, you can assume that we have decided not to use your idea.


If your pitch gets our interest, we’ll follow up with some thoughts and suggestions. Once the assignment is settled, we’ll negotiate a deadline, a word count, and publish month. Please do not begin working on your story until you have received, read, and agreed.


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