In keeping with the spirit of encouraging you to write, and to get your voice out there, here is a list of places online that you can contribute to, with some information on what they look for and what you can expect.
If you know of others, or have other information to contribute, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re hoping to keep this list as a growing and frequently updated resource.
From the site: Feministing’s Community blog exists to provide a platform for feminist and pro-feminist writing, to connect feminists online and off, and to encourage activism. We hope that the Community blog will be a forum for a variety of feminist voices and organizations. The Community blog is open to anyone who would like to join. However, in order to maintain a progressive and safe discourse on the site, anti-feminist Community posts are not permitted; the Feministing editors believe that racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and hate speech constitute anti-feminism and have no place on the site. Additionally, posts that contain no feminist lens or analysis, or that are “spammy” in nature may also be held for moderation. If your post does not meet Community standards, a member of the Feministing staff will notify you by email.
Also, if you’re interested in ever writing for Feministing, this is a good way to start. Not to mention, in the feminist community, Feministing well-regarded, and they will post some community blogs on their “front page.”
SW is all about a community for women writers. While clearly geared toward getting more women to write and to get more women in the public sphere, this is an apolitical site, which distinguishes it from most of the others on this list. In addition they have a couple genre-specific groups, including one for blogging, which has over 1700 members.
When you sign up, you are given a profile page, where you can post a status update, and information about yourself. People can comment on your post as well. Think Facebook for women writers. Even if you don’t post blogs here, SW is an active organization and site for women writers, so it’s worth signing up just for the resources and opportunities for interaction with other writers.
RH Reality Check
This site is focused on prochoice, reproductive rights issues, though it sometimes will include related pieces, as long as they still concern women or reproductive rights from a prochoice lens. It’s well-regarded in the choice community and their articles are often circulated widely.
You can submit articles, occasionally for payment, if its journalistic or investigative in nature. They also have a community diarist section, open to anyone who signs up. If your diary is gets enough traffic, they will feature it on their homepage.
There’s a waiting period for posting, 1 week, to discourage trolls. Daily Kos is popular and well-read, with a progressive edge. Like RH, DK stories are often circulated widely. It’s political in nature and focused on current events.
The site is an online clothing store, but in addition to their own blog they also have The Written Wardrobe. The WW recently released its inaugural issue, and is taking submissions for the next one. Like SheWrites, this isn’t political, but is specific to stories involving clothing, fashion or something similar.
This is not a diarist site. They are looking for women bloggers to connect with, though, so if you blog on a regular basis (they want blogs updated weekly), and have a demonstrated female audience, check them out.
Are there others on this that we’re missing? Or is there more to be said about the sites listed here? Let us know at email@example.com.