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We are proud to have published stories from women all around the world. We accept all types of stories as long as they are true and about you. No topic is off limits!

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender persons/intersex persons, non-binary persons/gender non-conforming persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two-spirit. In other words,  if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting.

We nominate for the Pushcart Prize and Best of  Net.

A few things we don’t want to see:

  • Tear down pieces
  • Racist material or hate speech
  • Explicitly sexual material (In other words, please don’t send us porn)
  • Overly violent material

HerStry does not accept previously published pieces.

Questions? Email julia@herstryblg.com 

We regret that we cannot offer individual feedback on submissions, but we do offer personal editorial services

HerStry publishes personal essays every Wednesday. Personal essays are a way for our writers to tell the stories they want to tell. There are no rules. No themes. As long as the story is true and about you, we want to read it. Nothing is off limits (well, some things are off limits, see above).

Starting in 2022 HerStry will pay $10 for every published personal essay. Because of that, we now have a $3 submission fee to help cover costs and to pay our wonderful editors. We have a free submission period one weekend a month. Please be advised that we have a limited number of free submissions and once they are gone they are gone.

The Rules:

  • Stories must be true and about you
  • Stories must be between 500 - 3,000 words
  • Stories should be double spaced, with 12pt font, Times New Roman or Calibri (get out of here Comic Sans!)
  • Stories are read blind. Please DO NOT put any identifying material on your manuscript. Manuscripts that don’t follow this rule will be automatically disqualified without being read.
  • Stories must be submitted as word documents  of some sort. PDFs will not be considered
  • Stories must be submitted with a short bio and photo of the author
  • No poetry, please

***  In order to let as many people submit as possible please only submit one story at a time. Do not submit again until you hear from us. Duplicate submissions will be deleted without being read. ****

WANT PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK?

You can now receive helpful feedback by selecting the “Personalized Critique” option on our submissions page. While getting your work critiqued does not guarantee publication, we can help you make it great for your next submission, whether it's to us or someone else. Click the button below to get started.

What does home mean to you? Where do make your home and why? Can we ever go home again? The word home means a lot of different things to a lot  of different people, and we want to know what it means to you.
The Rules:

  • All stories must be true and about you.
  • Stories must follow the theme in some way, interpretations can be wide.
  • Stories must stay between 500 - 3,000 words.
  • Documents should be double spaced, 12Pt font with 1 inch margins.
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx form—we do not accept PDFs.
  • Please do not put your name on your manuscript. We realize in personal essays, the author’s name often comes up, so just use your best discretion.
  • Please include a third person bio. Cover letters are fine, but not necessary (we don’t read them, we’re more interested in what you’ve written).
  • Please submit only once per theme.
  • We do not accept previously published stories.

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender  persons/intersex persons, nonbinary persons/gender non-conforming  persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two spirit. In other  words, if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting. Please visit our website for more information (herstryblg.com).
$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. All accepted pieces receive $20 payment.

Breasts can be a touchy subject, which is exactly why we want to hear your stories about them. We want the stories that are often untold: the conflicting thoughts, the struggles, everything. Everyone has breasts,  it’s high time we got to hear about them.
The Rules:

  • All stories must be true and about you.
  • Stories must follow the theme in some way, interpretations can be wide.
  • Stories must stay between 500 - 3,000 words. 
  • Documents should be double spaced, 12Pt font with 1 inch margins.
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx form—we do not accept PDFs.
  • Please do not put your name on your manuscript. We realize in personal essays, the author’s name often comes up, so just use your best discretion.
  • Please include a third person bio. Cover letters are fine, but not necessary (we don’t read them, we’re more interested in what you’ve written).
  • Please submit only once per theme.
  • We do not accept previously published stories.

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender persons/intersex persons, nonbinary persons/gender non-conforming  persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two spirit. In other  words, if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting. Please visit our website for more information (herstryblg.com).
$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. All accepted pieces receive $20 payment.

Every story has a before and an after. That moment when you reach the precipice and can’t go back. What was that moment for you?
The Rules:

  • All stories must be true and about you.
  • Stories must follow the theme in some way, interpretations can be wide.
  • Stories must stay between 500 - 3,000 words.
  • Documents should be double spaced, 12Pt font with 1 inch margins.
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx form—we do not accept PDFs.
  • Please do not put your name on your manuscript. We realize in personal essays, the author’s name often comes up, so just use your best discretion.
  • Please include a third person bio. Cover letters are fine, but not necessary (we don’t read them, we’re more interested in what you’ve written).
  • Please submit only once per theme.
  • We do not accept previously published stories.

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender persons/intersex persons, nonbinary persons/gender non-conforming  persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two spirit. In other  words, if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting. Please visit our website for more information (herstryblg.com).
$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. All accepted pieces receive $20 payment.

Summer is here, and we want to live in that golden feeling of long days, fireflies, and wildflowers. Or we want stories about the oppressive heat, that distinct despondent feeling that comes with the onset of  summer. We want stories about summer as you have experienced it.
The Rules:

  • All stories must be true and about you.
  • Stories must follow the theme in some way, interpretations can be wide.
  • Documents should be double spaced, 12Pt font with 1 inch margins.
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx form—we do not accept PDFs.
  • Please do not put your name on your manuscript. We realize in personal essays, the author’s name often comes up, so just use your best discretion.
  • Please include a third person bio. Cover letters are fine, but not necessary (we don’t read them, we’re more interested in what you’ve written).
  • Please submit only once per theme.
  • We do not accept previously published stories.

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for  work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender persons/intersex persons, nonbinary persons/gender non-conforming persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two spirit. In other  words, if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting. Please visit our website for more information (herstryblg.com).
$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. All accepted pieces receive $20 payment.

If you could write a letter to your past self, what would you say to that person? What advice would you give? What would you tell your  younger self to do or not do? In our Dear Past Me series, we’re asking  for your letters to the younger you.
The Rules:

  • All stories must be true and about you.
  • Stories must follow the theme in some way, interpretations can be wide. For this theme all essays must be in letter form. 
  • Documents should be double spaced, 12Pt font with 1 inch margins.
  • Stories must stay between 500 - 3,000 words. 
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx form—we do not accept PDFs.
  • Please do not put your name on your manuscript. We realize in personal essays, the author’s name often comes up, so just use your best discretion.
  • Please include a third person bio. Cover letters are fine, but not necessary (we don’t read them, we’re more interested in what you’ve written).
  • Please submit only once per theme.
  • We do not accept previously published stories.

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender persons/intersex persons, nonbinary persons/gender non-conforming persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two spirit. In other  words, if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting. Please visit our website for more information (herstryblg.com).
$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. All accepted pieces receive $20 payment.

When we travel, we look at the world in a new way. We find ourselves, we lose ourselves. In August, we’re sharing the stories of women’s travels  around the world.
The Rules:

  • All stories must be true and about you.
  • Stories must follow the theme in some way, interpretations can be wide.
  • Documents should be double spaced, 12Pt font with 1 inch margins.
  • All stories must stay between 500 - 3,000 words. 
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx form—we do not accept PDFs.
  • Please do not put your name on your manuscript. We realize in personal essays, the author’s name often comes up, so just use your best discretion.
  • Please include a third person bio. Cover letters are fine, but not necessary (we don’t read them, we’re more interested in what you’ve written).
  • Please submit only once per theme.
  • We do not accept previously published stories.

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender persons/intersex persons, nonbinary persons/gender non-conforming persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two spirit. In other  words, if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting. Please visit our website for more information (herstryblg.com).
$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. All accepted pieces receive $20 payment.

Our schoolteachers have a huge influence on our lives. From elementary school, to middle school, to high school and beyond, our teachers and professors spend time with us and help us grow. This September, we want to hear their stories—write about a teacher who influenced you, or, if you are a teacher yourself, write about you!
The Rules:

  • All stories must be true and about you.
  • Stories must follow the theme in some way, interpretations can be wide.
  • Stories must stay between 500 - 3,000 words. 
  • Documents should be double spaced, 12Pt font with 1 inch margins.
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx form—we do not accept PDFs.
  • Please do not put your name on your manuscript. We realize in personal essays, the author’s name often comes up, so just use your best discretion.
  • Please include a third person bio. Cover letters are fine, but not necessary (we don’t read them, we’re more interested in what you’ve written).
  • Please submit only once per theme.
  • We do not accept previously published stories.

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender  persons/intersex persons, nonbinary persons/gender non-conforming persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two spirit. In other  words, if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting. Please visit our website for more information (herstryblg.com).
$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. All accepted pieces receive $20 payment.

Sometimes, fate intervenes. This month, we’re looking for stories about how fate has played a part in your life.
The Rules:

  • All stories must be true and about you.
  • Stories must follow the theme in some way, interpretations can be wide.
  • Documents should be double spaced, 12Pt font with 1 inch margins.
  • Stories must stay between 500 - 3,000 words.
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx form—we do not accept PDFs.
  • Please do not put your name on your manuscript. We realize in personal essays, the author’s name often comes up, so just use your best discretion.
  • Please include a third person bio. Cover letters are fine, but not necessary (we don’t read them, we’re more interested in what you’ve written).
  • Please submit only once per theme.
  • We do not accept previously published stories.

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender persons/intersex persons, nonbinary persons/gender non-conforming persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two spirit. In other words, if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting. Please visit our website for more information (herstryblg.com).
$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. All accepted pieces receive $20 payment.

We all grow up and we all learn different lessons about the world.  Sometimes those lessons set us on a course for the rest of our lives.  Sometimes, they knock us off course and we have to chart new waters. In  November, we’re sharing your stories about growing up.
The Rules:

  • All stories must be true and about you.
  • Stories must follow the theme in some way, interpretations can be wide.
  • Stories must stay between 500 - 3,000 words.
  • Documents should be double spaced, 12Pt font with 1 inch margins.
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx form—we do not accept PDFs.
  • Please do not put your name on your manuscript. We realize in personal essays, the author’s name often comes up, so just use your best discretion.
  • Please include a third person bio. Cover letters are fine, but not necessary (we don’t read them, we’re more interested in what you’ve written).
  • Please submit only once per theme.
  • We do not accept previously published stories.

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender  persons/intersex persons, nonbinary persons/gender non-conforming persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two spirit. In other words, if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting. Please visit our website for more information (herstryblg.com).
$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. All accepted pieces receive $20 payment.

Bodies are funny things. Just when we think we have ours figured out, they do something we weren’t expecting. Sometimes, we have to learn to  live with our bodies’ rebellions, other times it’s only for a season. In December, we’re collecting stories about times your body has rebelled, and what you did about it.
The Rules:

  • All stories must be true and about you.
  • Stories must follow the theme in some way, interpretations can be wide.
  • Stories must stay between 500 - 3,000 words.
  • Documents should be double spaced, 12Pt font with 1 inch margins.
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx form—we do not accept PDFs.
  • Please do not put your name on your manuscript. We realize in personal essays, the author’s name often comes up, so just use your best discretion.
  • Please include a third person bio. Cover letters are fine, but not necessary (we don’t read them, we’re more interested in what you’ve written).
  • Please submit only once per theme.
  • We do not accept previously published stories.

HerStry centers the experiences of women identifying persons. We’re looking for work from bigender/polygender persons, cisgender women, intergender persons/intersex persons, nonbinary persons/gender non-conforming persons, transgender women/transfeminine persons, two spirit. In other words, if you are a cis man, please refrain from submitting. Please visit our website for more information (herstryblg.com).
$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. All accepted pieces receive $20 payment.

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