by Maddie Eisenhart, Managing Editor
As I mentioned earlier this week, working for APW often means taking the things I’m learning here and applying them to my real life. It’s a little like having a few thousand big sisters to help me navigate both the practical and philosophical next steps of my life (no pressure). So as wedding season starts to wind down (well, the first half at least. Part two starts in a few weeks, depending on where you live) and the school year starts up again, we’re harnessing the lessons learned within this community and focusing on:
What I Learned
In September, we’re talking about what we’ve learned, from the hard knocks to the unexpected lessons to the pleasant surprises. Particularly for those of you who just got married, now is the time to share the knowledge gained this year with those currently in the trenches of planning. And for the married folks? Well, I just hope you run with this one.
As you consider what to submit, here is a quick reminder of some helpful tips and tricks when submitting your story:
- First, while we are always in the market for personal essays, don’t forget you can frame your story around a Wedding Graduate post or a Wordless Wedding. And please, send us your Reclaiming Wife stories! We want to hear your thoughts on relationships, marriage, feminism, careers, and everything else in between.
- Next, one of the primary characteristics we look for in submissions each month is a connection to a universal idea. We’re all writing from our personal experiences here, but if you can take that experience and make it something that other people are going to relate to, then we’ve got magic. But that doesn’t mean every post needs to have a big moral or overarching theme. Sometimes the most universal stories are the simplest ones.
- As always, our themes are meant to serve as a guideline for submissions, but they aren’t rigid. Do with them what you will! For example, if next month’s theme is “What I Learned” but you really need to talk about the things you’ve realized you don’t know at all, then we want to hear what you have to say. We’re always after diversity of experience here, so the most important thing is that you write something that is authentic to you (particularly if it’s a perspective we haven’t heard from in a while or at all).
- Also, when you’re submitting for the monthly theme, we don’t want you to feel as though you have to frame your story around the theme itself (i.e., “In life, I’ve learned…”). Heck, you don’t even have to include the name of the theme in your writing at all. Just write what you would normally write, and we’ll figure out if it’s a good fit for the month, or if maybe it would be a better fit for later in the year.
- Lastly, if you have something you just have to get out there into the world, but it doesn’t fit with the theme for the next month, please send it in anyway. Our top priority is always strong content, regardless of the topic.