It’s an APW tradition to start each year with Beginnings as our January theme. This is the time of year when we see the most new faces on the site, and when we work the hardest to undo all of the wedding industry crap and nonsense that goes along with engagement season (a little re-education, if you will.) So as you prepare for the holidays, take a minute and share what you’ve learned with us this year; we want your best planning advice, new marriage wisdom, and anything else that might help usher the newly engaged and soon-to-be married into a less scary place.
And in case, we haven’t said it enough yet, send us your weddings, will you? While we’re on the subject of weddings, we’d like to remind everyone that APW is committed to representing diversity on the site. We don’t get many submissions from people of color (either wedding-related or otherwise), which makes it seem like we don’t publish stories from people of color, which then in turn makes people subconsciously afraid to submit their stuff. So please, send us your weddings. We want them. We’re also always looking to start conversations regarding diversity in both weddings and marriage, so please help us feature more diverse voices on the site by submitting that thing you’ve been thinking about writing all year.
And now, here are the tips and tricks for submitting your story to APW and getting it published:
- While we don’t exactly have any requirements for post length, essays between 600–1800 words are usually the ones that make it to the front page. Exceptions are always made, so don’t let those numbers keep you from writing what you need to write. If something is too long or too short, but we love the concept, we’ll help you edit it into something we can publish.
- 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 “Beginnings,” but you really need to talk about how why you hated your wedding, 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., “Starting wedding planning is like…”). 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 a future month.
- 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.