Thank you for your interest in writing for The Feminist Wire. We welcome essays, stories, and poems that explicitly deploy a feminist lens, and we define feminism very broadly. We are also committed to anti-racist and anti-imperialist approaches. However, topics and genres may vary. Writers should reference other articles on the site to familiarize themselves with content and style. If your article intrigues us, we will contact you before copyediting and publishing.
The Feminist Wire welcomes the highest quality original, unpublished essays on politics and society, popular culture, law, religion, health and bodies, sexuality, human rights, activism, education, sports, fashion, and other topics. We also welcome poetry and short fiction; see “literary submission guidelines” below. Our word limit is about 1,500, but we have published longer pieces where warranted.
The Feminist Wire no longer accepts simultaneous submissions. Also, we do not publish previously published works (this includes works previously posted to personal blogs), with the exception of poetry, short stories, and other art forms. Please let us know immediately if you need to withdraw your submission while it is under our review. Because we do not accept simultaneous submissions, we are committed to providing a response within two weeks. And our responses are quite detailed; we can promise thorough and generous peer review and copyediting of your work.
The Feminist Wire is an Open Access publication that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this news site. Authors retain copyright and grant the news site right of first publication. Specifically, if you should publish your article elsewhere after publishing with us, the article must provide visible credit to The Feminist Wire.
We use Submittable, an online submission system, for processing submissions to TFW. If you do not already have a Submittable account, you will be asked to create one before submitting your work. Please note that the Submittable account is free, as is submission to The Feminist Wire.
Literary Submission Guidelines:
The Feminist Wire is proud to publish outstanding works by both established and emerging writers. We accept poetry, fiction, memoir and drama submissions year-round.
Fiction writers and memoirists should submit 1500-2000 words of prose. Playwrights should submit one short scene of no more than four minutes (usually four pages in standard play format). Poets should submit at least three poems of any length.
When submitting your work, please be sure to include the following:
- A header within your document that includes your name, email address, and the title(s) of your submission(s).
- Your full name (or pen name) on each page.
- Page numbers for works over one page.
- A title for each separate submission (for example, if you are submitting poetry, each of your three poems should have a separate title).
- A short (one-paragraph) bio that includes any previous publications, workshop experience, or other information about your writing life. This should be included within your document.
- Also, as an attachment, please send a photo of yourself that you’d like us to use if your work is accepted, and links or jpeg files of any images you think might complement your work if published on the site.
Please note that we do accept reprints of literary submissions. If your submission has been published elsewhere, please include full publication information within your document. Also, because we often select literary works to be published together in themed groups, the response time for literary submissions may exceed two weeks.
The best way to get a sense of the kinds of creative work we publish is to take a look at our culture section before you submit. We invite you to read and enjoy!