Ground rules

Answers to your questions

Ground rules

Answers to your questions

Submission process

Write. Words are powerful. Use up to 800 and no less than 400. Submissions up to 1,000 words will be edited (and cut for brevity if necessary); anything longer than that will be sent back to you for a revision.

If you are submitting a video post, please provide us with a short intro to the video that is up to 300 and no less than 100 words. Be sure your video is under 5 minutes!

Submit. Fill out our simple submission form and click the submit button. Whew! You’re done with the hard part!

Connect. You’ll hear from us within 24 hours acknowledging that we’ve got your submission.

Get edits. Your story will be reviewed by our editor within a week, sometimes more depending on the number of submissions we are dealing with. She will do one of three things: 1) Accept it. 2) Reject it if it is in violation of our terms and mission. 3) Send it back to you with suggested tweaks to either keep it in compliance with the rules or to help you connect with and empower our community.

Go live. Once your story has been accepted, it will be queued for posting and you’ll get an email about your exact publication date so you can prepare for it and let folks on social media know.

Join us. You’re now part of our tribe—in our last email to you letting you know your story is live, you’ll get access to the private FB group for Wf1 Truthtellers and a special welcome gift.

Wf1 Submission guidelines

For the sake of privacy, can my story be anonymous?
Absolutely—you can be anonymous, use a pseudonym, or simply include your initials. However, please be sure to include a two-sentence bio that gives our readers a sense of who you are, regardless of whether you are writing under your real name or not.

Can I write about my business or a special project I want to promote?
Your story can include one link to your personal website or social media, but please note that we publish personal stories, not promotional pieces. However, we offer our community members the chance to share the stuff they’re up to via special sponsored posts to be featured on our homepage. Click here to learn more about sponsored posts.

What about stories and images that have been published elsewhere?
Even though we would much prefer that your writing for Wf1 be original, you may submit previously published work—if the website allows it—but please include all appropriate credits and links back to the original site. If you include images, you must have permissions or the rights to use them.

Do you have style guidelines?
We follow Chicago style, for anyone who, like our editor, spends lots of time thinking about those kinds of things. We reserve the right to edit all content for grammar.

How often can I submit?
Submit as often as you like, but keep your content fresh. Please choose new ideas for each submission.

Can men share their stories, too?
Of course, especially if those stories reflect some aspect of their feminine nature, or perspectives on women in the world and the wisdom acquired from them.

Keep it PG-13! We don’t accept stories with obscene sexual content, or intolerant or
hateful speech.

Be inclusive and open-minded. Remember that our community is beautifully diverse.

That said, we publish a wide range of pieces that reflect a variety of viewpoints, none of which necessarily reflect Wf1 and our team’s beliefs. In deciding what to publish, we do our best to be as inclusive as possible and to consider the needs and passions of our entire, beautifully diverse community.

We invite submissions that are radically honest and truthful; however, all submissions must include a constructive lesson that will empower and be of benefit to our readers. (In other words, if your sole intention is to badmouth your ex or vent about why the people in your life are to blame for your pain, we are not the right place for your story.)

Although we publish hundreds of stories a year, Wf1 staff is tiny and we wear a lot of hats. We have one editor who, when she isn’t busy creating content with the team, is pouring lots of time and attention into making our community’s stories pop with awesomeness and truth. That said, be patient and respectful. We do our best to respond to all emails and concerns about your story, but our time is limited.

Now that you’ve read through this, click here to share your story.

What if I want to be a TRUTHTELLER for one of your TRUTHTELLER TOURS?

We ask that you carefully review all our guidelines on the previous pages. When you submit to speak at one of our’s Truthteller Tours, you are also submitting your story for publication on our website. Your story should be no longer than 1,000 words—and before you submit, please read your piece aloud (slowly and clearly) to make sure it’s within our time constraints (5 to 7 minutes long).

Anybody can submit to be a speaker at a Truthteller Tour, but first preference is given to women who live in the geographical region where a Truthteller Tour will be taking place. Part of our purpose in creating this event is to offer women opportunities to build local community based on shared values of truthtelling, authenticity, and supportive connections.

Your piece will be edited for inclusion on our website to ensure that it conforms to our standards (your voice and message will not be altered in any way). You’ll receive that edit prior to speaking at the Truthteller Tour.

We select stories by women with a range of experience in public speaking, and we are not looking for a TED Talk–style speech. This isn’t a professional performance, but an opportunity to share what’s in your heart and connect with supportive women in your
community.

If you are not selected to speak at one of our Truthteller Tours, your story will still be published on our site (provided that it conforms to our submission guidelines). While we love all our submissions, we have a limited number of spots for speakers. If you are inspired to do so, we encourage you to submit to future Truthteller Tours!

Although you can submit more than one story to us, do not submit more than one story per Truthteller Tour.

You can submit the same story to more than one Truthteller Tour, but if your piece is selected for one, it will automatically be disqualified for others.

Additionally, there are multiple ways to participate in Wf1’s Truthteller Tours—not just as a speaker but also as an organizer and attendee. For more information on getting involved, visit our Truthteller Tour page at womenforone.com/truthtellertour