2017 Contributor Themes and Guidelines for Writers/Artists


The All In issue

Essay theme: Stories about going “all in,” taking a leap, a risk, a life change, a gamble.


The Sweetheart issue – I Do Book

Essay theme: Stories about soulmates of all kinds, love, bonding, romance.


The Wonder Issue

Essay theme: Stories about traveling, wandering, the wonder of our great big world.


The Spark Issue

Special Section: Women at Work

Essay theme: Stories about the creative spark, finding your calling, the work you love.


The Magnificent Issue

A Special Mother’s Day Event

Essay theme: Stories about big deals, extravagance, beauty, what takes your breath away.


The Summer Lovin’ Issue

Special Section: skirt! girls guide to summer

Essay theme: All things summer! From bugs to backpacking.


The Pop! Issue

Essay theme: Stories about celebration, milestones, wins, achievements, the best of times.


The Essential issue

Essay theme: Stories about the physical; body and mind, health and happiness.

Deadline: Aug. 1


The Unplugged issue

Essay theme: Stories about going offline or off the grid.

Deadline: Sept. 1


The Flavor issue

Special Section: Food and Beverage

Essay theme: Stories about foodie love, food memories, taste, girls’ nights.

Deadline: Oct. 1


The Jolly issue

Special Section: Holiday Give Guide

Essay theme: Stories about happiness, joy, what brings you to happy tears or tears of laughter.
Deadline: Nov. 1


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 (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: The submission deadline for each issue is the first of each month for the following month. Authors of the selected essays will be notified by the sixth of the month.


We feature a color illustration on skirt!’s cover each month. Send low res images to If we choose your work, we will require a high res 7 x 10 inch image (300dpi) for publication along with a short bio.


We are currently seeking female bloggers local to Charleston who are interested in contributing guests posts based on our monthly themes. Please send submissions including images to for consideration. (We do not pay for blog entries.)