Submission Guidelines

Do you have a story you’d like to write for Ms. Fit?

We’d love to hear your ideas for original feature stories. We are not engaging writers for new ongoing columns at this point.
Please read these entire submission guidelines before submitting your pitch. Pitches that do not meet our guideline criteria will be returned unread.

If you are unsure what a pitch should look like, click here for to link to an excellent sample pitch.

We’re interested in journalistic articles, personal narratives, profiles, humorous essays, creative non-fiction, original cartoons, and (sometimes) poetry on topics ranging from exercise, fitness, health, sports, and wellness; to addiction, survival, and recovery; to feminist pregnancy and parenting; to environmental health and ecology; to body image issues; to articles about sex and healthy sexuality; to healthcare and reproductive rights politics; to stories of global interest; and lots more that’s not listed here.

Please note: Ms. Fit does not write diet and weight-loss “how-to” articles, nor do we publish articles that bias towards one “ideal” body type. We promote health and wellness for all women and recognize that healthy women come in many body shapes; health and wellness cannot be determined by the size of someone’s hips or a number on a scale.

Feature word count: 1,000-1,200 words.

We also accept freelance submissions for the following columns:

I did it!” Reader’s Stories of Personal Triumph (350-600 words)

“D.I.Y.” (Practical How-Tos) (350 to 500 words, plus pictures)

Ms. Fit Momma (Fertility/Pregnancy/Childcare) (600-1,200 words)

Ms. Fit’s voice is straight-forward, conversational, fun, sassy, irreverent, and informed. Please read several articles on the site to get a sense of who we are and what we publish before you pitch to us.

Flesh out your pitch as fully as you can. Tell us what angle or hook your story will have. Why would our readers be interested in it? How is it relevant to their lives? What might a reader take away from your story?

We are serious about good writing. All writers should expect to work with editors through a rewrite process. With your pitch, tell us about your writing background and include clips of previously published pieces or blog posts so we can get a sense of your voice. Ms. Fit pays for most assigned stories (we do not pay for “I Did It!” stories, which is the best forum for entry-level contributors), but we do not pay very much ($35 for features, $25 for columns/poetry). If getting paid for your work is your primary motivation for writing for Ms. Fit, then perhaps we are not the best fit for each other.

Please note, although we occasionally publish literary creative non-fiction or poetry, we do so rarely, and only if the piece in question speaks specifically to and adds a new voice or perspective to a theme we are organizing content around. And even then, these submissions are subject, like all pitches, to our editorial whims and fancies. In any case, always include a cover letter and samples of or links to your previously published works.

Send your story ideas to Subject line: “pitch” and working title

Pitches post deadline and/or that do not include a full story idea outline plus sample writing clips will not be considered.


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