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Skirt!® Magazine is looking for essay submissions:
Contributor Guidelines for Writers/Authors
Skirt!® Magazine
7 Radcliffe Street, Suite 302
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 958-0027
Fax: (843) 958-0029

We want every issue of Skirt!® to reflect the variety and diversity of women’s lives and interests. Surprise, entertain and charm us!

Essay Submissions

Skirt!® publishes eight to 14 personal essays every month on topics relating to women and women’s interests. A personal essay is a narrative that emphasizes a personal, subjective view.

All essays for consideration should be submitted in their entirety and be between 800 and 1,200 words. Submissions over 1,200 words will not be considered. Payment for articles and other submissions varies. Skirt! buys one-time rights. We reserve the right to edit articles for length and content.

Format: You may send your manuscript via e-mail to (preferably as a RICH TEXT FORMAT, or .RTF, attachment), or by regular mail to the attention of the Editor. Manuscripts which come to us via regular mail cannot be returned unless you include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). We prefer submissions via e-mail.

Bio: Please enclose a brief (2-3 sentences) biographical sketch with your cover letter or manuscript so that we will have it on hand if we print your article. Submissions without bio, name, or address will not be considered.

Deadlines: We read submissions year-round for themed issues (click here for a list of the 2008 themes) and the submission deadline for each issue is the first of each month for the following month (Nov. 1st for the December issue, and so on).

Note: We consider each manuscript on spec. Even if we express an interest in an essay, we cannot guarantee publication. Even when an article is selected for an issue, it may be pulled at the last minute due to lack of space. We try to make sure this doesn’t happen, but it is often unavoidable.


Skirt!® is an open-minded publication.
“Women and women’s interests” shouldn’t limit your choice of topic. If it does, we may not be the right market for you.
We’re not interested in the conventional or predictable.
Be familiar with the content of our magazine before submitting.
Please submit previously unpublished articles only.
Response time: We try to respond to all submissions promptly, but due to the volume we receive it is not always possible to do so. Please be patient; it can sometimes take 6 to 8 weeks for a response. If it has been more than 8 weeks, feel free to inquire about your submission via e-mail. No phone calls please.

Art & Photography Submissions

Cover Art: We feature a different color photo, painting, or illustration on Skirt’s cover each month. If you are an artist or photographer and would like to submit slides or photos of your work, send via regular mail (Skirt!® 7 Radcliffe, Suite 302, Charleston SC 29403) and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return. You can also submit pieces via e-mail ( We do not pay for cover art, but we do publish a bio of the artist with information on how she can be contacted by readers who may be interested in viewing and/or purchasing prints or originals.

Photos: In every issue, we have a page featuring a B&W photo by a female photographer. Photography submissions (see “Cover Art” for submission details). Photos should be vertical, high res, and 11×17.

PLEASE NOTE: Skirt! will not be held responsible for the loss or damage of ANY submissions for possible inclusion in the magazine.


Skirt!® does not publish fiction. The poems we publish are solicited from previously published authors. We do not respond to fiction or unsolicited poetry submissions.

Thank you for thinking of Skirt!®

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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