About HerStry: 

HerStry’s mission is to tell the stories that don’t make it into the history books. The stories of women living ordinary, everyday lives that are, in themselves, beautiful and revolutionary.  Since 2015 HerStry has been lifting up and celebrating the voices of women from all over the world. Our writers have come from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Greece, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Guatemala, and elsewhere. Our reach is truly worldwide. 

We’ve shared countless stories by women from all walks of life. Some of our most popular stories have dealt with topics such as purity culture, marriage, pregnancy loss, grief, mental health, abortion and body image. We don’t shy away from controversial themes. We are a place for women to tell the stories they can’t tell anywhere else. 

HerStry welcomes new and established authors. We believe every woman has a story worth telling. Women of color and LGBTQIA+ writers espcially encouraged to submit. 

Questions? Email julia@herstryblg.com 

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. 

By submitting to our tip jar submissions we guarantee a response within 1 month of your submission. 

Please know that we do not pay for personal theme essays at this time.   

The Rules: 

  • All stories must be true and about you
  • All stories must be between 500 - 3,000 words
  • 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

HerStry is an online literary magazine dedicated to empowering women through storytelling. HerStry publishes personal essays on our website 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 share it. Nothing is off limits. 

Before submitting please check out herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us. 

Because we cannot pay for personal essays it is free to submit. Because of that expect a 3-6 month response time. 

The Rules: 

  • All stories must be true and about you
  • All stories must be between 500 - 3,000 words
  • Stories must be submitted as word documents  of some sort. PDFs will not be considered. 
  • Stories must be submitted with a short third person bio and photo of the author
  • HerStry only accepts works from individuals who identify as women

HerStry is dedicated to empowering women through storytelling. Every month we choose a different theme to help get your writing juices flowing.

Everyone experiences loneliness. But somedays it feels like you are the only one. That everyone else is being social and you are the only one who feels alone.During the month of April we are collecting stories about being lonely. How do you deal with it? Do you embrace it? What has your loneliness taught you? 

The Rules: 

  • All stories should be true and about you.
  • Stories should stay between 500-3,000 words.
  • Writers must submit an author photo and short third person bio. 
  • Stories must be submitted in some type of word document. We will not consider PDFs.
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please make sure to withdraw your essay should it get published elsewhere. 
  • HerStry works exclusively with women identify folks to amplify their stories. Please check our website herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us.

Stories due by April 23rd

Women of color and LGBTQIA writers encouraged to submit. 

Payment:

All accepted stories will receive a $20 payment.  

* The $3 fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. 

HerStry is dedicated to empowering women through storytelling. Every month we choose a different theme to help get your writing juices flowing.

It's May. The month of mothers. So this month HerStry is collecting stories about motherhood. It's a big topic and we did that for a reason. Everyone's experience of motherhood is different and we want to capture that. So if you have a story about motherhood, good or bad, we want to read it. 

The Rules: 

  • All stories should be true and about you.
  • Stories should stay between 500-3,000 words.
  • Writers must submit an author photo and short third person bio. 
  • Stories must be submitted in some type of word document. We will not consider PDFs.
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please make sure to withdraw your essay should it get published elsewhere. 
  • HerStry works exclusively with women identify folks to amplify their stories. Please check our website herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us.

Stories due by May 21st

Women of color and LGBTQIA writers encouraged to submit.

Payment:

All accepted stories will receive a $20 payment.  

* The $3 fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. 

HerStry is dedicated to empowering women through storytelling. Every month we choose a different theme to help get your writing juices flowing.

Women have a lot of stories about the workplace. Both good and bad. During the month of June we are collecting stories about women in the workplace. Did you rise through the ranks? Start your own business? Choose to stay at home with children instead of work? Whatever your story about life in the workplace, we want to read it. 

The Rules: 

  • All stories should be true and about you.
  • Stories should stay between 500-3,000 words.
  • Writers must submit an author photo and short third person bio. 
  • Stories must be submitted in some type of word document. We will not consider PDFs.
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please make sure to withdraw your essay should it get published elsewhere. 
  • HerStry works exclusively with women identify folks to amplify their stories. Please check our website herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us.

Stories due by June 18th

Women of color and LGBTQIA writers encouraged to submit. 

Payment:

All accepted stories will receive a $20 payment.  

* The $3 fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. 

HerStry is dedicated to empowering women through storytelling. Every month we choose a different theme to help get your writing juices flowing.

What would you say to your past self if you could go back in time and give her some advice? Would you tell her things turn out okay? Would you warn her against doing a certain thing or knowing a certain person. During the month of July we are collecting your letters to your past self. The advice you would give her, the wisdom you would share with her. We want to read all of it. 

The Rules: 

  • All stories should be true and about you and written in letter form. 
  • Stories should stay between 500-3,000 words.
  • Writers must submit an author photo and short third person bio. 
  • Stories must be submitted in some type of word document. We will not consider PDFs.
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please make sure to withdraw your essay should it get published elsewhere. 
  • HerStry works exclusively with women identify folks to amplify their stories. Please check our website herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us.

Stories due by July 23rd

Women of color and LGBTQIA writers encouraged to submit. 

Payment:

All accepted stories will receive a $20 payment.  

* The $3 fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. 

HerStry is dedicated to empowering women through storytelling. Every month we choose a different theme to help get your writing juices flowing.

During the month of August HerStry is collecting travel stories from women around the world. We're looking for stories about travel adventures (or misadventures). You are free to interpret the topic of travel in any way you would like as long as the story is true and about you. 

The Rules: 

  • All stories should be true and about you.
  • Stories should stay between 500-3,000 words.
  • Writers must submit an author photo and short third person bio. 
  • Stories must be submitted in some type of word document. We will not consider PDFs.
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please make sure to withdraw your essay should it get published elsewhere. 
  • HerStry works exclusively with women identify folks to amplify their stories. Please check our website herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us.

Stories due by August 20th

Women of color and LGBTQIA writers encouraged to submit. 

Payment:

All accepted stories will receive a $20 payment.  

* The $3 fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. 

HerStry is dedicated to empowering women through storytelling. Every month we choose a different theme to help get your writing juices flowing.

Tell us your comeback story! During the month of September HerStry is looking for stories about how you were down and came back. The theme can be interpreted in any way, as long as it is true and about you. 

The Rules: 

  • All stories should be true and about you.
  • Stories should stay between 500-3,000 words.
  • Writers must submit an author photo and short third person bio. 
  • Stories must be submitted in some type of word document. We will not consider PDFs.
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please make sure to withdraw your essay should it get published elsewhere. 
  • HerStry works exclusively with women identify folks to amplify their stories. Please check our website herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us.

Stories due by September 17th

Women of color and LGBTQIA writers encouraged to submit. 

Payment:

All accepted stories will receive a $20 payment.  

* The $3 fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. 

HerStry is dedicated to empowering women through storytelling. Every month we choose a different theme to help get your writing juices flowing.

October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. So in honor of that we are looking for stories about pregnancy loss. Share your story with us and we will share it on HerStry in hopes that it helps other women who might be going through something similar. 

Know that we read every story we receive and though we cannot select every story we're honored that you have shared them with us. 

The Rules: 

  • All stories should be true and about you.
  • Stories should stay between 500-3,000 words.
  • Writers must submit an author photo and short third person bio. 
  • Stories must be submitted in some type of word document. We will not consider PDFs.
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please make sure to withdraw your essay should it get published elsewhere. 
  • HerStry works exclusively with women identify folks to amplify their stories. Please check our website herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us.

Stories due by October 22nd

Women of color and LGBTQIA writers encouraged to submit. 

Payment:

All accepted stories will receive a $20 payment.  

* The $3 fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. 

HerStry is dedicated to empowering women through storytelling. Every month we choose a different theme to help get your writing juices flowing.

Tell us a love story. During the month of November HerStry is looking for your stories about love in the modern world. Is it love of self? Love for your dog? Love for your partner? Maybe just love for pizza. Whatever your story about love in the modern world, we want to read it! 

The Rules: 

  • All stories should be true and about you.
  • Stories should stay between 500-3,000 words.
  • Writers must submit an author photo and short third person bio. 
  • Stories must be submitted in some type of word document. We will not consider PDFs.
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please make sure to withdraw your essay should it get published elsewhere. 
  • HerStry works exclusively with women identify folks to amplify their stories. Please check our website herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us.

Stories due by November 19th

Women of color and LGBTQIA writers encouraged to submit. 

Payment:

All accepted stories will receive a $20 payment.  

* The $3 fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable.  

HerStry is dedicated to empowering women through storytelling. Every month we choose a different theme to help get your writing juices flowing.

During the month of December HerStry is collecting immigration stories from women around the world. These stories can be first person accounts of your own immigration to another country or your family's story of immigration. 

The Rules: 

  • All stories should be true and about you.
  • Stories should stay between 500-3,000 words.
  • Writers must submit an author photo and short third person bio. 
  • Stories must be submitted in some type of word document. We will not consider PDFs.
  • Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please make sure to withdraw your essay should it get published elsewhere. 
  • HerStry works exclusively with women identify folks to amplify their stories. Please check our website herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us.

Stories due by December 17th

Women of color and LGBTQIA writers encouraged to submit. 

Payment:

All accepted stories will receive a $20 payment.  

* The $3 fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable. 

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