General site issues: If you send a non-publication question that
is answered on the FAQ page, we may not
reply simply because of time issues. Check the FAQ
before writing about issues not covered on this page.
If you want to publish a book review,
or send a book you wish someone to review, contact the book
reviews editor for details on how to submit.
the call for SPECIAL Guest Edited Issue in August 2008.
General submissions will still be taken, however. Anything
that doesn't fit the "theme" will be published at a
slightly later date.
So you think you might want to
write for us? Really?
Scholars & Critics &
First you need to know what you're
getting in to: this is an E-Zine; E-Zine's are kind of
like the underground newspapers of the 60's and 70's, except
minus the mimeo ink and staples. This means there's no money
in it-- we can not pay you for your work (at this time)! The
work you do for this website is of the "scholarly service"
or "resume building"/get your name and work out there
sort of "public service". For now. If we can find money,
we'll pay someday......
If you're interested
in contributing after you've read this whole page, send
us an E-mail at
with your submission (as an attachment) which is publishable,
and we will contact you as soon as we can.
We are a "semi-annual"
publication. We put out a new Zine twice a year. The deadline
for each issue will vary; see the calls for submissions, above.
If you send a submission and don't hear back right away, and
another publishing month rolls around without a note (say, you
send something in February and don't hear back by mid-June) then
you can (and should) send us a note of inquiry.
There are cyber-gremlins that sometimes
eat submissions-- so get back in touch and we'll see what we
can do. Kim Wells, the general editor, almost always replies
to your initial inquiry-- but if we don't, please understand
that I sometimes get over twenty website-related emails A DAY....
and try to run my life as well, so if I don't reply, write again
without getting your feelings hurt. If you send a non-publication
question that is answered on the FAQ page,
I may not reply simply because I have no time. Check the FAQ before writing.
General Editorial Requirements
- All submissions (other than fiction/poetry)
must use MLA parenthetical citation (see the MLA
Style Manual), and include a works cited list in MLA
- Please remove any footnotes, as
they are screwy in HTML. If it's a crucial comment, add it to
the end of the paper.
- Submission must be sent via E-mail
attachment to kimwells[at]womenwriters[dot]net and be ready for
- Make sure that you attach your
in either Word Perfect (.wpd), MS Word (.doc), or Rich Text file
(.rtf) or basic HTML format. If you don't know what those "extensions"
are, and can't figure out how to save some obscure word processing
program as any of the above three, write me a note and I'll try
to talk you through it.
- Remove any "running headers"
from the essay. If you have questions about your submission,
contact us at the above address.
- join the listserv
to hear about books available for free from the publisher or
author to review.
- write directly to Natasha
Whitton, our book reviews editor, with any queries.
- BE COMMITTED to a review. If you
get a "free book" from an author, they really want
to see a review for their invested money and effort. If you do
not like the book, this is not a reason to not turn in a review.
Critics don't always like the work they read, but sending in
"no review" will ensure that we never include you on
the list of reviewers again, and we'll think nasty thoughts about
- Include the ISBN of the book with
your review. Also include any special details on how we might
buy the book.
- Include any extra details-- like
if the writer has a website the reader would be interested in
- Spell the author's name correctly!
- Proofread. Run spellchecker.
Poets & Fiction Writers
- see above when applicable
- Make sure that you attach your
poems or short fiction in either Word Perfect (.wpd), MS Word
(.doc), or Rich Text file (.rtf) or basic HTML format. If you
don't know what those "extensions" are, and can't figure
out how to save some obscure word processing program as any of
the above three, write me a note and I'll try to talk you through
- Poets: submit a collection (at
least three poems), with your last name & collection title
as the subject line of the email: wells_poems for anne
- Fiction: submit at least one short
story, with your last name & short story title as subject
line of the email: wells_smileys messiah