Instructions

Our Church, our traditions, our communities, our faith journeys are built on stories––yours included.

Drawing from your personal, lived experience, help us illustrate the many faces and vocations of women in the Catholic Church today by writing a narrative essay in the form of a letter to our readers about what belonging in the Church looks like for you.

Requirements

  1. Writer is a Catholic woman of at least 19 years of age

  2. Letter is between 800 and 1500 words

  3. Letter is original and unpublished elsewhere

  4. Letter is submitted as a typed transcript

  5. If accepted, writer is willing to work with our editors through two rounds of revisions

What We Look For

  1. A personal story written in narrative form, which should include: a plot, exposition, conflict, rising action, climax and resolution

  2. The story is shared in the form of a letter addressed to Catholic women

  3. The letter provides a unique perspective on what it means to be a Catholic woman today

  4. The story gives the reader an intimate look at who the writer is

  5. The letter cultivates belonging and solidarity among our primary readers (millennial Catholic women)