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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).

Starting in 2021 HerStry will no longer 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 and Thursday. 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 (But please, refrain from sending us racist or sexist material, because we will not publish it). 

By submitting to our tip jar submissions we try our best to respond within 1 month of your submission. 

Please only submit one essay at a time and do not submit again until you hear from us. 

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


At this time we do not pay for personal essays. 

What is/was your grandmother like? What did she teach you or has she taught you so far? What do you love about her? In November, HerStry is looking for stories about those special maternal figures. 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. We can't wait to read them!

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? Was it life-changing, or a small change of tune? We'd love to hear about them 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 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. 

What has been left unsaid? Forgotten? What secrets have been buried deep for so long they need told? What piece of history do you know that everyone else gets wrong? During the month of January, we’re looking for the rest of the story.

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.

Let’s talk about sex!* It’s everywhere and has the power to both heal and harm. During the month of February, we’re looking for your stories about sex, whatever that means to you. Whether it be stories about your first time or stories about purity culture, the theme is open to interpretation.

*Please include a trigger warning if you feel your piece needs it. We want to protect our editors.

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.

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