In 2019 See Jane Write established a partnership with Reckon Women, a platform created by AL.com and Alabama Media Group’s Reckon Alabama to help share the stories of Alabama women.

Reckon Alabama is now Reckon South and that means Reckon Women is striving to elevate the voices of women from all over the South, not just Alabama.

We want your stories!

Each week the Reckon Women Voices column features an essay from a woman with ties to the South. The essay is also featured in the Reckon Women newsletter. I have the honor of recruiting writers and editing content for this column.

I hope you will submit an article for consideration. Pieces should be 600 to 800 words. Do not submit previously published works. Essays centered on personal stories are preferred. Payment is $50.

What We’re Looking For

We want stories about subcultures of the South that aren’t often explored, stories that highlight ways women are responding to challenges in both their personal lives and their communities, and stories that showcase how women are being leaders at home, in the workplace, and beyond.

If you are writing about news events but sure the event is current.

Avoid submitting essays on subjects we’ve recently covered.

Currently, we are particularly interested in pieces on the following topics:

  • subcultures of the South
  • race, race relations, racial injustice
  • women working in male-dominated fields
  • community activism
  • education
  • entrepreneurship
  • makers and creatives
  • climate change
  • body positivity
  • women in the workplace
  • GYN/breast cancers
  • purity culture
  • religion and womanhood
  • women’s health topics that aren’t talked about enough
  • any inspiring or thought-provoking stories centered on women or girls

If you need help with writing personal essays, check out this blog post, How to Write a Good Personal Essay.

For a better idea of what we’re looking for, read our most recently published essays here: RECKON WOMEN VOICES

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You can check out even more previously published essays below:

“If I want settled, I have to choose settled. It starts in my heart” by Kathryn Lang

Reframing purity culture, step by step by Lea Ervin

All bodies are summer bodies by Jessica Furniss

Cool, calm, and childless by C.J. Wade

Boiling point: aneurysms and high blood pressure in Black women by Joi Miner

Black women worry about police stops, too by Betty H. Smith

The pandemic, body image, and what matters most by Millie Jackson

Change is inevitable, embrace it by Linda Lyle

Finding my voice in the Black Lives Matter movement by LaShanna R. Trip

My black body cannot ignore black suffering by Nichele Cantrell

Hidden treasures in the pandemic by Crystal Byrd

Maria Goretti, my crisis of faith and me by Lea White

How forgiving my dad set me free by Kwa Y. Long

Writing our way through times of uncertainty by Javacia Harris Bowser

Color Me Calm: Coping with anxiety during COVID-19 by Linda Lyle

On being a cat lady during coronavirus by Marliese Thomas

Reclaiming My Time by Eunice Elliott

Recovering from Agoraphobia and social anxiety while social distancing by Salaam Green

7 ways to do Southern hospitality from a distance by Katie Roach Dudley

Alabama prisons: Why I care and why you should too by Beth Shelburne

Being Jewish in Alabama by Jenny Allon

When body positivity and a failing heart collide by SueAnne Griffith

On being an oxymoron in communication by Sarah Elizabeth Moreman

Can I have it all? by Randi Pink

Battling with menopause in unexpected ways by Kathryn C. Lang

One teacher, five inspiring lessons by Connie Pearson

We are river people by Tina Mozelle Braziel

The greatest lesson an Alabama mother should learn by Katie Roach Dudley

The side effects of a daily running habit by Olivia Affuso

A Polski Christmas: On the Verge by Susan Marie Shuman

A child’s murder scars a city by Nicole Allshouse

I am more than the way I look by Paige Miller

How to talk to a family member about their weight by Jessica Furniss

How becoming a mother reignited my childhood dreams by Tanisia Moore

No one is pure enough for ‘purity culture’ by Mandy Shunnarah

Why autism acceptance matters by Rachel Marie Wilson

Birmingham’s dark past paved the way for my bright future by Monique Jones

Traveling while on dialysis helped me take control of my life by Alison S. Moore

My kids had a working mom, and they turned out just fine by Connie Pearson

Fibroids are trying to ruin my life by Nicole Daniels

How choosing courage over comfort changed my life by Denise Schovel

Why I welcome a broken heart through foster care by Maree Jones

A new heart, a second chance at life by Ovuke’ Emonina McCoy

Worrying about my brown, broken body by Marie Sutton

Navigating the seasons of my 20s by Jasmine Shaw

Why I can be body positive and still want to lose weight by Jennifer King

Why I’m going to seminary by Melissa Scott

Finding my way to recovery from depression by Tawanna Jones

Why I went back to college 33 years later by Leslie Golden

Send your submissions to javacia@seejanewritebham.com.

In September 2019 AL.com’s Abbey Crain interviewed me about See Jane Write’s partnership with Reckon Women and why it’s important to elevate women’s voices now and always. Read the Q&A here.