WITH EVERY SUBMISSION, YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE…
- A title
- An introduction: 1-2 sentences that will appear below your title and above your piece to draw the reader into your work or offer any additional context they may need before reading. Limited to 35 words.
- Your process: Write a paragraph or two walking the reader through your inspiration and development. What tools did you use? Did a workshop inspire this piece? Did you learn something along the way? No word limit! You may also include media for this section.
- Select up to 3 Topic tags: What is the submission about? What themes do you cover?
- Select up to 3 Genre/Medium tags: What kind of writing and/or media comprises this submission?What section(s) should it appear under on the site?
- Select up to 3 Tone tags: How might your submission feel to a reader?
WHO CAN SUBMIT
Who can submit work to be published in Stories?
Who can submit to the 2023 Girls Write Now Anthology and what is the deadline?
In the anthology, can I submit multiple poems or pieces as part of one submission?
What else do I need to submit to be published in the anthology?
You will also need to submit Mentee & Mentor Anecdotes about your writing relationship together—in no more than 100 words each. Be candid, creative and have fun! You can include details about what you’ve enjoyed most about meeting and writing together this year and any other personal elements you’d like to share. These will appear in print beside your work.
Example Mentee Anecdote: Kate has become more than a mentor; she is a lifelong friend. We both have so much in common and loving ramen is definitely one of those things. We both also start a brief conversation that lasts thirty minutes because we love to update each other on everything! It has truly been a ride—a fun ride. Kate is confident, strong, and authentic. I have learned so much about her that has inspired me to be myself. It’s been more than just a digital and writing experience, but also a time of personal growth for the both of us.
Example Mentor Anecdote: Angely is five feet tall and has a sweet voice and warm smile. When I met her three years ago, I thought I would have to draw her out of her shell. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Angely sees the world with razor sharp clarity. She stands up for herself, knows when teachers are unfair, and she experiences discrimination. She is determined to be successful and show the world the richness of Dominican culture. She is on her way to greatness, on her way to taking her very own place in history. I will never underestimate her again.
Where can I find my Author Page?
Each mentee, mentor or alum who submits work will have a public-facing author page on the site at www.girlswritenow.org/author/first-last (replace with your name!). If you are new to the community for the 2022-23 program year, your page will be added soon.
If you would like to update your Author Page, please do so here.
Can I publish anonymously or use a pen name?
Yes, please make sure to submit a separate author page form for this name.
What is a pair piece? When should mentors be included in the byline for a submission?
A pair piece is one where both mentee and mentor contribute equal thought, equal voice and equal writing or production work.
WHAT TO SUBMIT
What types of media/writing can I submit?
If you sourced free audio or visuals for your piece, please ensure you have permission to publish it and be prepared to credit the original creators. (Ex: Music Credit: “Clarity,” by Samantha Holmes).
- Music & Composition
- Songwriting & Recording
Audio must be submitted as an .mp4, .mp3, .m4a or .wma file. Please do not submit audio as a Spotify or Anchor link; download the file from these platforms to upload directly.
Video & Visual Arts
- Animation & GIFs
- Collage & Mixed Media
- Photography & Photo Essays
- Videography & Video Editing
- Graphic Design
Images should be at least 800 pixels wide, with the file format of .png, .jpg, .jpeg, .heic or .gif. Horizontal and square dimensions will look best on the site, but we will also be able to accommodate vertical images.
If you plan to submit multiple media files, filenames must be numbered to ensure we upload them in the correct order.
- Blogs & Websites
- Code & Programming
- Game Design
- Social Media
- UX Design & Prototyping
Please ensure features, forms, or interactive elements have been tested and are running smoothly.
Stage & Screen
- Performing Arts
- Play & Musical Writing
- Film & TV Writing
- Speechwriting & Oral Storytelling
- Children’s Fiction
- Graphic Novel
- Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Flash Fiction & Short Stories
- Historical Fiction
- Horror & Thriller
- Literary Fiction
- Mystery & Suspense
- Romance & Romantic Comedy
- Young Adult (YA) Fiction
- Creative Nonfiction
- Diary & Journaling
- Memoir & Personal Essay
- Analytical & Science Writing
- Profile & Biography
- Travel & Nature Writing
- Advice & Self-Help
- Critique & Review
- Found & Erasure Poetry
- Prose Poetry
- Spoken Word Poetry
- Visual Poetry
- Cartoons & Comics
- Sketch & Standup Comedy
- Personal Statement
- Cover Letter
- Thank You Letter
- Marketing & PR
- Project Proposal
Do I need permission to include images or media I did not create?
Yes. Please be mindful of copyright so that we don’t infringe upon the work of other creators. You may not use Google, Pinterest or social media for images unless you get direct permission from the original creator to share the image with your work.
Does your work reference or include someone else’s creative work or likeness? If yes, you must acquire permission from that entity or ensure that you can use the work under fair use or creative commons licensing. If you have questions about copyright or fair use, please see this guide from Google.
Is there a word limit?
Can I submit an excerpt of a piece?
Yes, please make sure to give adequate context in the introduction.
Can I submit a piece I’ve published elsewhere?
Can I include a trigger warning?
Yes. We ask writers to tell us when their depicts or discusses sensitive topics like those listed below. To allow you to write uncensored about sensitive material and create a trauma-informed environment for free expression, the Girls Write Now website will show a brief Content/Trigger Warning to allow readers to make an informed decision to continue on.
- Body shaming/Fatphobia
- Death (terminal illness, murder, suicide, animal death, death of parent, etc.)
- LGBTQIA+phobia (homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, misgendering, outing, etc.)
- Mental Illness (depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, addiction, substance abuse disorder, self-harm, suicidal ideation, etc.)
- Racial or Religious Discrimination (xenophobia, racial profiling, police brutality, genocide, slavery, hate crimes, racial slurs, microagressions, racial trauma, etc.)
- Sexual content (sex, masturbation, etc.)
- Violence or Abuse (bullying, torture, physical/verbal/emotional abuse, violent sexual assault/rape, child abuse/neglect, abusive/toxic relationships, gun violence, war, gore, etc.)
PLEASE NOTE: Your flagged sensitive topics will be reviewed by GWN staff and editorial team, who maintain the right to add a content/trigger warning, at their discretion, to any submitted piece that will appear on the GWN website or in print materials. We will contact you to give notice and confirm the wording prior to publication.
Thank you for your courage and vulnerability—writing about these things is never easy, but always necessary.
Is there a submission limit?
No! We encourage you to share anything and everything you’re proud of!
What are the rights & terms I need to agree to to submit? Will I still own my original work?
When submitting your work to Girls Write Now you hereby grant Girls Write Now a royalty-free, worldwide, nonexclusive right to publish, reproduce, display, distribute, archive and use your submitted work, either separately or as part of a collective work, on the Girls Write Now website, Girls Write Now’s social media accounts, in a printed publication, or elsewhere.
You also hereby grant Girls Write Now the right to create derivative works of your submitted work to promote and/or market your submitted work.
You retain ownership of all rights under copyright in the submitted work, and all rights not expressly granted in this agreement.
You also certify that:
- (i) you are the sole author of the submitted work, have full authority to enter into this agreement and in granting rights to Girls Write Now are not in breach of any other obligations;
- (ii) the submitted work is your original work and, if relevant, you have secured the necessary permissions to use any non-original images, audio, quotes, graphics, etc. in your original work and that they are properly attributed to the original source(s); and
- (iii) the submitted work contains nothing that is unlawful, libelous or which would, if published, constitute a breach of contract or of commitment given to secrecy or confidentiality,
- (iv) the submitted work does not contain hateful speech or imagery, defined as any language, logo, symbol or image that has the intention to promote hostility against people on the basis of race, religious affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity or ethnicity/national origin.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Submission Instructions for Current Mentees & Mentors
Submission Instructions for Program Alum
EDITING & PUBLICATION
What happens after I submit my work?
How long will it take for my submission to be published on the site?
At this phase of growing our new publishing platform, we’re doing our very best to publish your work with the care it deserves, which does slow down the process a bit. We’re so grateful for your patience, and if you do wish to expedite a piece for the purpose of an application or contest, please reach out to Richelle Szypulski on Slack.