How to Participate
1. Join PulseWire
If you're not already a member, join PulseWire, World Pulse's online community of grassroots women leaders and supporters of women's initiatives from 180 countries.
2. Submit your story
Post your 400 words or less story to your personal journal. The topic is Standing Up. We encourage creative interpretations of this general theme, but the piece must be non-fiction.
- Go to "My Pulse" on the top navigation bar. Select "Post to Journal."
- Choose a creative title for your post.
- In the "Tags" field, enter MyStoryStandingUp
- Write your submission in the journal entry field.
- Click "Submit" and you're done!
3. Support your community
Read your fellow PulseWire members' storie for some inspiration. Offer a comment to further the dialogue by asking questions, adding your opinion, or simply showing support.
Writing Opportunity to Have Your Voice Heard
In Our Own Words: Standing Up
Have you ever stood up for yourself? For someone else? For a cause you believe in? Have you ever gotten back on your feet after being knocked down? Do you have a story about assuming leadership? About keeping integrity in a difficult situation?
We are back with a new call for entries for our popular My Story department, this time on the topic of “Standing Up.”
We invite you to submit your own personal story about “Standing Up”—however you interpret this phrase—for a chance to be published in our upcoming print magazine, themed Uprising. Selected entries will be featured in My Story, the section of World Pulse Magazine where women around the world share their personal stories describing pivotal experiences in their lives, in their own words.
Everyone who participates will self-publish their story on our social networking website, PulseWire, and 6-8 stories will be chosen for publication in the Summer/Fall 2011 edition of World Pulse Magazine. The top three stories, in addition to being published, will receive a $100 honorarium and everyone whose stories are chosen for publication will receive a copy of the magazine.
My Story Guidelines
- Topic: Standing Up. We encourage creative interpretations of this general theme, but the piece must be non-fiction. We look for unique, honest, personal, and creative entries that showcase the true-life stories of women and their allies in their own words. Speak your truth and let your story be told!
- Length: 400 words, maximum.
- Dates: The deadline for submissions is closed. Stay tuned to hear the results!
- Entries selected for publication may be edited for length and clarity.
- Only one story per person will be evaluated.
Here are some tips to boost your chances of getting your story published:
- Follow the submission instructions carefully. If your story is not tagged properly, we may not see it!
- Choose a topic deeply personal to you.
- Be creative (there can be many different ways to interpret the theme).
- Consider focusing on a specific turning point, moment, or scene to tell your story. Don’t try to cover your whole life—no one can tell their life story well in 400 words!
For an idea of what we’re looking for, check out the top three submissions from last edition’s theme “Miracles":
We look forward to reading your story about Standing Up. Thank you for joining us and sharing your voice with the world!