we suffer tamely an attack on our liberty, We encourage it
and involve others in our doom."
|Contributor Guidelines for SageWoman Magazine
| SageWoman is a quarterly magazine of women's spirituality.
Our readers are people who identify positively with the term
"e;Goddess."e; Our readership includes women of a variety
of religious faiths, ranging from Roman Catholic to Lesbian
Separatist Witch and everywhere in between. What our readers
have in common is summed up in the statement "e;Celebrating
the Goddess in every woman."e; If you feel a connection
with our subject matter, we welcome your contributions to our
| The majority of every issue is created from the contributions
of our readers, so your creativity and willingness to share
is vital to SageWoman's existence! We welcome material
from women of all races, ages, sexual orientations, and socio-economic
backgrounds. Our editorial staff is English-speaking only, so
we ask that written contributions and letters to us be submitted
in English, but we encourage submissions from non-American women
and women for whom English may be a second language. We also
strongly encourage contributions from women of color. SageWoman
offers the following guidelines to help you in submitting your
work to us.
- Subject matter:
- All submissions should focus on issues of
concern to Pagan and other Goddess-friendly women. We
accept non-fiction prose related to women's spiritual
experience. We accept very modest amounts of poetry and
receive far more poetry than we can publish. We also accept
photographs and graphic artwork (drawings, painting, prints,
etc.) suitable for publishing in a magazine format. We
do not accept fiction, screenplays, long narrative poems,
erotica, or press releases/advertorial.
- SageWoman is dedicated to helping
women explore their spiritual, emotional, and mundane
lives in a way that respects all persons, creatures, and
the Earth. We encourage women of all spiritual paths to
send writings and artwork, but our focus is on material,
which expresses an Earth-centered spirituality. Our editorial
style focuses on personal experience; please write in
the first person! Please don't limit yourself because
you aren't a "professional" writer or artist - most of
our published material is from previously unpublished
writers. If you haven't seen a copy of SageWoman, please
send for a sample copy ($7) or look at our sample articles
at our website before submitting material; this will enable
you to understand the kind of material we publish and
will save both you and us a lot of time!
- SageWoman accepts material created
by women only. (Male contributors are encouraged to contact
our co-ed publications PanGaia, The Blessed Bee, or newWitch,
at the same address; these titles accept submissions from
both men and women.)
- Written Submissions:
- All written submissions should be the original
work of the author. We prefer receiving submissions via
email sent to email@example.com
or on computer disk accompanied by a double-spaced paper
manuscript. (Please don't just send a disk - sometimes
compatibility problems prevent us from reading disks which
are submitted to us, and without a manuscript, we won't
be able to evaluate your submission!) We are Windows based
and prefer ASCII compatible or Word files attached to
your email or if email is not an option by 3.5" or
Zip disks. We may be able to translate Macintosh based
disks as well. Disks sent to us will not be returned unless
you send an SASE with adequate postage with the submission.
If computer-based submission is not possible, typed, double-spaced
manuscripts are also acceptable, as well as neatly handwritten
pieces if no other method is possible. Please do not send
us your only copy of your manuscript; accidents can happen
and material sent to us is occasionally lost or damaged
- Articles should be between 800 and 5000 words
in length, and written manuscripts should contain the
author's name, pen name (if appropriate), address and
phone number on each page.
- We are aware that you have worked hard on
your writing, it is personal and special to you, and contains
your unique voice. Nonetheless, we often find it necessary
to edit for length, clarity and grammar, sometimes at
the last minute before publication. Therefore, we CANNOT
guarantee that your article will appear precisely as you
submitted it. If you do not want your material edited
in any way, please do not submit your writing to us. (Also,
please inform us of deliberate uses of non-traditional
spelling so the tone of your work will not be accidentally
- Graphic Art
- All graphic art submissions should be the
original work of the artist. Clear, black and white drawings
are best, but penciled or colored works may be acceptable
in some cases. Please be aware that all artwork will be
reproduced inblack and white only, except for pieces used
on our outside covers. Our covers are usually commissioned
works, but you may feel free to submit color photocopies
or slides of your color work for possible use on the cover.
Please send us clean copies of your artwork only - we
cannot be responsible for your original artwork! We encourage
the submission of artwork which celebrates the Goddess
and women in all of our many guises; different skin colors,
cultures, ages, sexual orientations, body types, sizes,
and shapes, and levels of ableness.
- We are always looking for new artists to share
their creativity in our pages. If you have a portfolio
of your work, feel free to send it; when sending a body
of work, please inform us if any of the pieces have been
previously published or are not available for publication.
We do commission special pieces of artwork for the magazine;
however, the majority of artwork we publish has been sent
by artists on spec. We keep files of artwork, by artist,
and when an issue is in production we find the pieces
of artwork on file that fit each article, and then inform
the artist in question that we have decided to publish
their work. For this reason, your artwork may be on file
for months, or years, without being used - if this is
a problem for you, please inform us so we can work out
other arrangements with you.
- All photographic submissions should be the
original work of the photographer. If persons other than
the photographer are shown, a signed release from said
person(s) must be included in order for us to publish
the photo. Please send standard black and white or color
prints, negatives or slides.
- All photographs will be reproduced in black
and white only. Our use of photography is similar to that
of graphic art; please see guidelines above.
- General Information:
- Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope
with your submission. If you wish for us to return your
submission, please ensure that the SASE has adequate postage
to return your manuscript, artwork, or other submission.
If you do not wish for our submission to be returned,
please write "Do not return" on it, and simply
send an SASE or stamped postcard for us to respond to
your submission. Please put your name, address and phone
number with area code on each page of your manuscript.
- Your submission will be acknowledged when
we receive your material; we cannot guarantee exact publishing
dates but will attempt to keep you up-to-date on the status
of your work. We prefer to accept material which has not
been previously seen or published - please inform us of
multiple submissions or previous publications.
- SageWoman publishes quarterly. All
material should be sent to the attention of the Editor
at the address (either e-mail or U.S. mail) given below.
Upcoming issue themes appear and deadlines at the end
of these guidelines.
- Compensation and Rights
- SageWoman offers modest cash payments
for unsolicited artwork, photography, and articles. Articles
are compensated at approximately $.01 per word for unsolicited
material, with a minimum of $10. (No payment is made for
Rattle letters or networking information printed in Weaving
the Web.) Artwork and photography are compensated on a
piece-by-piece basis, depending on the size, complexity
and usefulness of the piece. Artists and photographers
are paid a minimum of $15 per piece for their work. We
are often able to pay more in cases where the article,
artwork, illustration or photograph is commissioned especially
for SageWoman; please contact us if you are interested
in working with us on commission. We realize how very
modest these payments are; we offer them not as full compensation
for your creativity, but as a "thank you" for sharing
your gifts with us. If you are a business or craftsperson
who would benefit from advertising in our pages, please
inform us that you are interested in trading advertising
for your contributions; we are able to be substantially
more generous in trading for advertising space than we
can be in our cash payments!
- If your material is accepted, you will also
receive a free copy of the issue in which your work appears.
Payment will be sent to you within 30 days of your return
of our contributor's form, which is sent out to all contributors
shortly after an issue goes to press. SageWoman
requires first worldwide serial rights, and prefers (but
does not require) all rights for one year, and the right
to reprint in future SageWoman collections as well as
non-exclusive electronic rights (for use on the "sample"
page of the SageWoman Website.) All remaining
rights will revert to you. When you submit work to us,
we will assume your work is available for the purchase
of these rights at the compensation level specified above,
unless you state otherwise.
| If there are any questions that these guidelines do not answer,
please feel free e-mail, call or write to us for more information,
or simply to try out your ideas on us! Our usual office hours
are 9-4 Pacific Time, Monday- Friday, but feel free to leave
a message if you don't reach us. We will return your call! Thanks
again for your interest in SageWoman. We look forward
to hearing from you soon.
| Submissions may be sent by e-mail, fax or postal mail to:
|P.O. Box 641
|Point Arena, CA 95468 USA
| An FTP site is available for graphics files call
for details, 707-882-2052.