CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The HerStories Project is seeking personal essays about the ways in which the COVID-19 virus and/or the current political climate have affected your life as a Gen X woman.
"it's now on Gen X women to keep their parents from dying while learning how to homeschool, while either working from home or dealing with a job loss and profound financial insecurity, and no social network aside from what we can cobble together online. It's a perfect storm of pressure." — Ada Calhoun
Can you relate? Tell us your own story. Take us inside your experience, and then connect it to a more universal message or theme.
We would especially like to hear from women of color, with essays about how they are navigating these challenging times.
Completed drafts and original work only, please.
Simultaneous submissions permitted, as long as you notify us.
Word count: 750-1200 words.
Submissions will be accepted and published on an ongoing basis through the end of June.
You will receive notification of the status of your submission within 4 weeks.
We are not able at this point to provide individual feedback on each submission.
— co-editors Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger
"The reason GenX is taking this most seriously is because we are the current caretakers. So we are worried sick about our germy kids AND our at-risk parents and all that stands in between the spread from one to the other ... is us...I can't focus and my mind is either always racing or responding: Do we have milk, does she have a fever, the dog needs a walk, where's Papa's will, is ours updated, time for a team meeting, maybe my throat hurts, Trump's speaking in the Rose Garden, charades on Zoom sound cool, Mama? Mama? Mama??!!"
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We are a writing and publishing community, founded in 2013 by Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger. We've published four popular essay collections and taught online writing classes to hundreds of writers of all levels. We publish personal essays by women on our website.
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