2016 Contributor Themes and Guidelines for Writers/Artists


The Refresh Issue

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” - Ralph Marston

Essay Theme: Stories about resolutions and what happens when we hit the refresh button on our lives.


It Takes Two Issue

Special Section: The I Do Book

“Love is a game that two people can play and both win.” - Eva Gabor

Essay Theme: Stories about the power of two. Love without limits, to the moon and back.


The Happiness Issue

“It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen.” - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Essay Theme: Stories about optimism. Not giving up and what it means to be happy.


The Smart Issue

Special Section: Women at Work (Spring)

“Make the most of yourself...for that is all there is of you.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Essay Theme: Stories about your successes in business.


The Escape Issue

“What you see depends on what you are looking for.”

Essay Theme: Stories about your escapades and exploits, experiences and encounters.


The Summer Issue

Special Section: Girls Guide with Advertisers Squares like the 2015 Food Section

“No one looks stupid having fun.” - Amy Poehler

Essay Theme: All Things Summer


The Bold Issue

“Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it.” - Mandy Hale

Essay Theme: Stories about something in your life that inspired you to make a change.


The Oxygen Issue

Special Section: Medical Professionals

“Breath is the link between mind and body.” Dan Brule

Essay Theme: Stories about self-reliance, what sustains you or the work that you love.


The Big Issue

“Life is not a dress rehearsal. Every day, you should have at least one exquisite moment.” - Sally Karioth

Essay Theme: Stories about your big life, big moments, big thoughts and big dreams.


The #Yummy Issue

Special Section: Restaurant Photos and Description

“Nearly everyone wants at least one outstanding meal a day.” - Duncan Hines

Essay Theme: Stories about a memorable meal or a recipe. Food is love concept.


The Make it Merry Issue

Special Insert: The Give Book

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Essay Theme: Stories about the merriest of holiday times.


skirt! publishes two personal essays every month on topics relating to women and women’s interests. All essays for consideration should be submitted in their entirety and be between 800 and 1,100 words. Essays must fit one of our monthly themes. Payment for essays is $200. We reserve the right to edit articles for length and content.

Format: Send your manuscript via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferably as RICH TEXT FORMAT, or .RTF, attachment or Word doc).

Bio: Include a brief (2-sentence) bio at the end of your manuscript.

Deadlines: We read submissions year-round. The submission deadline for each issue is the 1st of each month for the following month.


We feature a color illustration on skirt!’s cover each month. Send low res images to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If we choose your work, we will require a high res 7 x 10 inch image (300dpi) for publication along with a short bio.