To help us illustrate the many faces and vocations of women in the Catholic Church today, write a narrative essay in the form of a letter to our readers about what belonging in the Church looks like for you, as a Catholic woman, by drawing heavily from your personal, lived experience.
Writer is a Catholic woman of at least 19 years of age
Letter is between 800 and 1500 words
Letter is original and unpublished elsewhere
Letter is submitted as a typed transcript
If accepted, writer is willing to work with our editors through two rounds of revisions
What We Look For
Letter tells a story written in narrative form, which should include a plot, exposition, conflict, rising action, climax and resolution
The story is shared in the form of a letter written to our readers
Letter provides a unique perspective on what it means to be a Catholic woman today
Letter gives the reader an intimate look at who the writer is
Letter cultivates belonging and solidarity among our primary readers (millennial Catholic women)
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I submit my letter?
When we reopen letter submissions, you will be able to submit the transcript of your letter at the bottom of this page.
Do you accept every letter you receive?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept every letter we receive. We will let you know if your letter is accepted or rejected within a month of your submission.
When will I hear back from you?
You will hear back from us on whether or not your letter is accepted, and if it has revisions or edits to be made, by Monday, May 6th.
What are common reasons why we turn letters down?
Letter doesn’t tell a story
The most common reason why we turn down letters is because they are not written in narrative form (which would include plot, exposition, conflict, climax, and resolution). A letter that only shares an anecdote or spiritual reflection and fails to tell a story will likely be rejected. If you’re looking for guidance on how avoid this, check out this article.
Letter is scattered
Another common reason why we turn down letters is because writers will try to pack too much into them. Given the 1500 word count, there isn’t enough space for the writer to adequately share their life story. That being said, to avoid doing this, focus in and tell the story of one moment, event or season in your life, and then provide greater context when necessary.
Letter is vague
We look for letters that show, and don’t just tell the reader about the writer’s story. A letter ought to paint a clear, and detailed picture of what happened to the writer. The reader should be drawn in to the writer’s experience, so that the reader can 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?
If you have resubmitted a letter in the past and we did not accept it, you are more than welcome to submit a letter again. Thanks for considering it! 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 new letter from you only because our goal is to feature a letter from a new Catholic woman every week, in the spirit our mission to illustrate the many faces and vocations of women in the Church.
Our Copyright Disclaimer
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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