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 especially encouraged to submit. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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

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.  

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

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. 

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

During the month of January we are collecting period stories. The common story is that having your period makes you a woman. But not all women have periods. We want to hear all sides of the story. How do you relate to your period or lack of period? How does it make you feel? What do you want to tell others about it? Nothing is off limits. 

The Rules: 

  • All stories must be true and about you
  • All stories must be between 500 - 3000 words
  • Stories must be submitted in some type of word document. PDFs will not be reviewed. 
  • Authors must submit a third person bio and an author photo
  • HerStry works exclusively with individuals who identify as women. To see if you are the right fit for us please visit herstryblg.com 

LGBTQIA and women of color are strongly encouraged to submit.

Stories due December 1st, 2020. 

*$3 submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable.  

Growing up is hard. It's awkward and sometimes embarrassing. It can be heartbreaking and it can be full of triumph. What are your growing up stories? We're looking for specific moments in time, coming of age stories. 

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.
  • HerStry is dedicated to telling the stories of women identifying individuals. Please see our website, herstryblg.com, before submitting. 

Stories Due January 1, 2021

$3 Submission fee goes toward keeping HerStry sustainable

What does it mean to keep a secret? How do secrets change our families? Us? During the month of March we're looking for stories about family secrets. Secrets you're keeping, secrets someone kept from 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.
  • HerStry is dedicated to telling the stories of women identifying individuals. Please visit herstryblg.com to see if we are a good fit for you. 

Stories Due February 1, 2021

Women of color and LGBTQIA folks especially encouraged to submit. 

It's only in recent years that mental health has been destigmatized--that any of us have started talking about it. During the month of April we want to read your mental heath stories. How have you triumphed? Struggled? Overcome? We want to hear it all. 

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.
  • HerStry collects stories of women identifying individuals. Please visit herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us. 

Stories Due: March 1, 2021

Women of Color and LGBTQIA folks are strongly encouraged to submit. 

Need we say more? Tell us your COVID stories. The good and the bad of it. The sad and happy. 

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.
  • HerStry collects the stories of women identifying individuals. Check out herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us. 

Stories Due April 1st

Women of color and LGBTQIA folks strongly encouraged to submit.

How did you meet your best friend? What do your friends mean to you? During the month of June we want to hear your stories about friendship. 

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.
  • HerStry collects stories of women identifying individuals. Check out herstryblg.com to see if you would be a good fit for you. 

Stories Due May 1, 2021

Women of color and LGBTQIA folks strongly encouraged to submit.

What would you say to your past self if you could write her a letter? We're collecting your stories to your past self. What advice do you have? What do you want to tell her to do or not do? How did things turn out? 

The Rules: 

  • All stories should be true and about you.
  • All stories need to be 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.
  • HerStry publishes stories by women identifying individuals. To see if you are a good fit for us please check our website herstryblg.com

Stories Due: June 1, 2021

Women of color and LGBTQIA folks strongly encouraged to submit. 

Grief is something we've all experienced at some point? What are your stories about how grief has touched you? How did you heal, or not heal. 


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.
  • We publish stories by women identifying individuals only. Please see our website herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us. 

Do you have a memorable first date? We've likely all gone on at least one date. And many of us probably have some pretty good first date stories. Whether it's funny, romantic or just plain tragic, we want to hear about 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.
  • HerStry publishes women identifying individuals only. To see if you would be a good fit for us please visit our website, herstryblg.com.

Who else misses the days of those missed connection ads in the news paper? In honor of those beautiful things we are dedicating the October theme to missed connections. What have you missed out on? Person or otherwise? Tell us about 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.
  • HerStry excessively publishes women identifying writers. Please check our website, herstryblg.com, to see if you are a good fit. 

Stories Due September 1, 2021

LGBTQIA folks and women of color strongly encouraged to submit! 

What was your grandmother like? What did she teach you? What do you love about her?In November HerStry is looking for stories about your grandmothers. Usually we ask for all stories to be about you, but for this theme we're allowing you to branch out to tell us about your badass grandmas. 

The Rules: 

  • All stories must be true you, your grandmother, or you and your grandmother. 
  • 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.
  • HerStry publishes stories by women identifying individuals only. Please visit our website, herstryblg.com to see if you are a good fit for us. 

Stories Due October 1, 2021

LGBTQIA folks and Women of Color are strongly encouraged to submit.

Tell us about a time you had a change of heart. How did it happen and why? What did you learn about yourself? 

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.
  • HerStry publishes stories by women identifying individuals. Please visit our website, herstryblg.com, to see if you are a good fit. 

Stories Due November 1, 2021

Women of color and LGBTQIA folks strongly encouraged to submit. 

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