Where do I submit my letter?
Scroll to the bottom of this page to find where you can submit your letter!
Do you accept every letter you receive?
Unfortunately, due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot reply to or publish every submission. If your letter does not meet our writing requirements, is written poorly, or you exhibit a lack of professional behavior, the submission will be disqualified from being considered.
When will I hear back from you?
If your letter is selected to be featured on the website, we will respond to your inquiry within 6 weeks of submission.
What does the editing process look like?
If your letter is selected to be featured, your letter may be subject to roughly two rounds of revisions, you may be asked to handwrite a quote from your letter, scan it and share it with us, and your letter will likely be published within six months after your submission.
What are common reasons why we turn letters down?
Doesn’t tell a story
The most common reason we turn down letters is because they are not written in narrative form. We are not looking for a lecture, essay or devotional piece, but a personal story of your own that gives us a glimpse of your vocation or calling. A letter that only shares an anecdote or a reflection and fails to tell a story will be rejected.
Too Much Information
Given the 1500 word-count limit, there isn’t enough space for someone to share her life story. Instead, focus your story on one moment, event or season in your life, providing more context when necessary.
The Story Isn’t Clear
We look for letters that paint a clear, and detailed picture of a personal experience. In other words: show, don’t tell. Good storytelling allows the reader to learn from and empathize with the writer, and, ultimately, grow in charity.
If I’ve submitted a letter in the past, can I submit a new letter?
Yes, please do! We are happy to hear from you again.
If you have had a letter featured on our platform before in the past, we will not accept a second letter. In the spirit our mission to illustrate the many faces and vocations of women in the Church, we feature a letter from a new Catholic woman every week.
What’s your copyright policy for writers?
By submitting a letter to The Catholic Woman email, you are granting The Catholic Woman copyright permission to publish, use, advertise with, distribute and reproduce your message on a non-exclusive and perpetual, basis, along with the right to incorporate any such content into any format or medium developed. When you submit your letter on this website, you hereby relinquish all claims to monetary compensation for any and all of these uses.
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