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  We depend on talented freelancers to write for us. Please send your query in the body of your email. For more details on what we’re looking for, see our writer’s guidelines below:

WOW! Writer’s Guidelines

WOW! welcomes queries from its audience of women writers. Please make sure you’ve read through our articles and interviews on the home page to get an idea of the style and tone of our publication before submitting a query.

Please note: currently, we are only accepting pitches for our Markets Newsletter and Author Marketing Newsletter.

We publish a monthly e-zine newsletter to e-mail subscribers. You can subscribe to our e-mail newsletter and/or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @womenonwriting to keep up on the latest calls for submissions. We are also on Instagram @wow_womenonwriting and Pinterest @womenonwriting.

Upcoming Themes:

We're currently accepting pitches for our Markets e-Newsletter and Author Marketing e-Newsletter. To get an idea of what we publish, please sign up for our e-mail newsletters to receive the latest issues for free to your inbox. You can also view some of the content (articles and interviews) on the front page of the website. The Markets Newsletter publishes at the end of each month and features interviews with editors of literary journals, agents, and book publishers, market profiles, and craft of writing pieces that tell you how to write for a specific market. The Author Marketing Newsletter publishes bimonthly mid month and features how-to articles and round-ups on a variety of topics to help authors market their books. We are open to pitches for both.

Article Queries:

If you have an idea for one of our themes, please query us. We are particularly looking for how-tos on a variety of writing and publishing topics, and interviews/round-ups with acquiring editors/literary agents/publishers. All articles must have takeaway value for fellow writers.

Word Count and Pay Rates:

Articles range anywhere from 1,500 to 3,500 words—whatever length is necessary to cover the topic. Pay is arranged between the writer and editor for the piece, but most articles pay $50 or $75. In-depth pieces that require many different sources to cover the topic and have a higher word count pay $100 or $150. Pay is on publication by PayPal only. When your submission is published, you will receive a “live link” email notification and instructions for invoicing via PayPal.


We require first rights and the right to archive the article indefinitely. After one month from the date of publication, rights revert back to the author and the author retains all copyrights to her work and she may re-publish the article elsewhere.

We do not accept reprints/previously published work. If you would like to repurpose a previously published article, please notify us at the time of your query and include the proposed changes that will make it specifically suited to WOW. Acceptance is not guaranteed and is up to the discretion of the editorial board.

By submitting your work to WOW!, you are agreeing to these rights and terms.

How to Query:

In the subject line of your email, please include the word “Query,” and write your article pitch in the body of your email. Also include which e-zine theme or newsletter you are pitching in your email subject line. WE DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS. Because of the high volume of spam we receive daily, emails that are not clearly addressed with the appropriate subject line may be deleted without being read. Please note: we are looking for article pitches and will not respond to general emails. Please do NOT send an email that says, "I want to write for you." Please send a fully fleshed out article pitch tailored to one of our e-zine themes or a pitch for our Markets Newsletter or Author Marketing Newsletter.

We are looking for query letters that have a fully fleshed-out article idea, a rough breakdown of the content of the piece you are proposing with subheads and bullet points, and any expert sources you will be interviewing, if applicable. Please also include your bio, links to similar published clips, and any other information or links you feel are appropriate for our consideration.

Editorial Response:

WOW! has grown exponentially since its launch September 2006. While we are excited by the incredible interest from so many talented freelancers, we have found the need to amend our editorial response procedures.

We receive thousands of emails every month to our submission address and can no longer respond to every one we receive. However, we will respond to all freelancers whose queries show WOW! spirit, knowledge and understanding of our audience, a solid, fleshed-out article or interview idea, and which fit into our editorial schedule.

Send your article pitch to:


Response times vary but we try to get back with you within 1 month. If you haven't heard anything after that time, please e-mail and mention your article pitch.

Good luck! And we look forward to your pitch.


  Want to contribute to WOW! Women On Writing's blog, The Muffin? Fridays are "Speak Out!" days on the blog, and we love to hear from our core audience of writers (subscribers only). Submit a guest post to our ongoing blogger program!

Your post can be about: writing inspiration, balancing family life/parenting with writing, craft of writing fiction/nonfiction, how-tos, tips for author promotion/marketing/social media, book reviews, writing prompts, special opportunities (paying markets for writers), publishing industry news/gossip, and anything you think our readers will love.

Please make sure that there is take-away value to our readers. No press releases please. We're more interested in hearing from our core audience--personal essays and humorous anecdotes are encouraged, as long as they provide something useful to our audience of writers--including a good laugh!

How to Submit: Submit your 250 - 500 word post in the body of your email to blog editor, Marcia Peterson. Upon acceptance, we will ask for your bio, links, bio photo, and any other pictures to illustrate the article. We look forward to hearing from you!



  “Tales from the Trenches” is a series that features personal essays about lessons learned from being in the business of writing. Whether it’s freelance writing, editing, personal writing, ghosting, book publishing, investigative journalism, or researching your novel, we want to hear your remarkable story! We’re looking for real stories that will help other writers.

We are seeking personal essay/memoir written with the “I” narrator about your experience and personal revelations while living and working as a writer, or in a writing-related field. We’re also looking for memoir with fictional elements like scenes, characters, description, etc. Creative nonfiction, lyric and hybrid essays are also encouraged. Please make sure that it includes a lesson, cautionary tale, or revelation related to your journey as a writer. Here is an example of our first essay in the series: “My writing Coach in the Looking Glass: Overzealous Mentor or Moneymaker?”. Please review it for style and content.

Word Count: 1,000 words - 3,000 words.

Pay/Rights: $50 per essay, on publication. We are looking for original essays that have not been previously published (essays may be repurposed). We request the right to publish the essay online and archive it. You retain all copyrights, and you may republish it; but we ask that you wait one month before republishing.

Response: Typically three weeks to one month.

Submission Periods: Currently submissions are open and rolling, but we may have reading periods in the future if we get backed up. Please check back here for updates.

How to Submit: Full submissions only, please. Send your complete manuscript attached to an email as a Microsoft Word file (.docx), or copy-paste your essay into the body of an email. In your email subject line, please put “Tales from the Trenches submission,” and send to:

Temporarily closed to submissions.


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