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
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.