Readers Write asks readers to address subjects on which they’re the only authorities. Topics are intentionally broad in order to give room for expression. We publish only nonfiction in Readers Write.
Writing style isn’t as important as thoughtfulness and sincerity. There is no word limit, but we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the section before you submit.
Please review our full submission guidelines and sample writing to ensure your work is a good fit.
Due October 1
Maybe the covers of the paperbacks on your bookshelf all feature fire-breathing dragons and lots of chain mail. Maybe you think — a little too much — about leaving it all behind and sinking your feet into the sand of some sunny, faraway beach. Maybe you know someone whose head is constantly in the clouds. Make a dream come true and send us your true-story submissions about fantasy.
Due November 1
Love bananas? Hate shiplap? Ever connected with a stranger over a shared interest in books, fashion, or footwear? Has your taste in music or friends ever gotten you in trouble? Tell us about the time you tried — and failed — to cook a special meal or about when you said something that was in poor taste. Send us your favorite stories, but remember that we only like true ones for Readers Write.
Due December 1
Ever had to dress a certain way for work — in a company T-shirt, scrubs, a judge’s robe? Have you donned fatigues or dress blues as a member of the military? Maybe the sight of someone in official duds turns you on — or maybe it fills you with apprehension. Tell us about your most memorable experience wearing your sports-team jersey, marching-band uniform, or Scout sash. Dress up your story however you like, but remember we only publish true accounts in Readers Write.