About HerStry: 

HerStry welcomes women identifying writers of all levels and talents to tell their stories. 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!

We nominate for the Pushcart Prize and Best of Net.

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.

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 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

Have you ever had a memorable first date? We've likely all gone on at least one date. And many of us probably have first date stories we've told everyone about. Whether it's funny, romantic or just plain tragic (relatable), 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.

Stories Due August 1st, 2021

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 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. 

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