As most of you know by now, I’m due to give birth in October, which, holy crap, isn’t that far away! I still have so much on my to-do list, like: choose a pediatrician, take childbirth classes, buy a crib, take a tour of the maternity ward at the hospital, decorate the nursery, plan a bris, decide if we want to hire a doula (and, if so, find a few to interview), pack a hospital bag, launder all the new baby clothes, and on and on. Sometimes I lie awake at night worrying about whether everything’s going to get done in time. But, really, this is all the easy stuff, isn’t it? The hard part comes after the baby gets here: the sleepless nights, the round-the-clock breastfeeding (if I can even breastfeed), dealing with surging hormones, and just trying to manage my time in an efficient way.
I’d love to say that nothing on this site will change in the months following my baby’s birth, but I know that won’t be true. I expect I’ll have to cut back on posting (but I’ll definitely still strive for at least daily posts), publish more “Your Turn” columns, and a few re-runs here and there; I hope you’ll understand. I’m also hoping some of you may be interested in helping to create some content to keep the site afloat during my partial “maternity leave.” To that end, I’m making a call for submissions. What I’m looking for are pitches for relationship-themed personal essays (around 500 to 750 words or so) and fun lists (please peruse this category to see the style I’m interested in), but I’m open to other suggestions, too. I’m also looking for a few guest columnists who’d be willing to tackle a question every week or every other week for 2-3 months. Maybe you’d even like to nominate someone (in the comments) for guest columnist. I’m all ears.
I’m sorry I can’t offer payment for your submissions or guest columns, but I can, of course, offer a byline and a link to whatever online project or website you might want to promote. I also hear from people who have contributed in the past that writing for DW is a fun time. Traffic averages around 16,000 pageviews and 6,000 visits a day, so this is a good place to gain a little exposure if that’s something you’re looking for.
Please send your submissions to me at [email protected] with “Submission Pitch” in the subject line. I will certainly try my best to respond to each and every pitch that I receive, even if I can’t use your idea/writing. If you’re interested in being a guest columnist, please choose a letter from the archives — or feel free to make one up — and write a sample response in your own style and voice. Again, I’m looking for guests columnists who can commit to at least two columns a month for about three months. As for other submission pitches, please just send your ideas and 1-3 writing samples (or links to writing samples). Please do not write anything new for this site since I can’t promise publication. I’m really just looking for ideas and samples right now. Thanks so much for your interest, and please feel free to pass this call for submissions along to any writer friends you may have (just be sure they familiarize themselves with the site a little bit before they pitch their ideas). Thank you!!