Why We Write

Submission Guidelines

Not very complicated: please submit as a Word file, and try to keep your piece to about two pages.  Send submissions to whywewrite@gmail.com.  Understand that we may edit for length or content, but we haven’t had to do much of that so far and we swear a lot.  Don’t write anything slanderous, or that you might regret later, because we take no responsibility for what happens after your words hit the blogosphere.  Or before, for that matter.  Try to be personal, interesting, and passionate.  And put the dishes in the dishwasher before you leave the house.

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  1. Hi there,
    Living in Spain, I wrote some novels in French and I’m looking for somebody, to translate and edit them in the States! The themes are about world war two, science, diving, new technology, action and very close tho reality, for screen adventures. Well I am already seventy five, so if somebody is interested, get hurry before my children have to publish them! Cheers to all the Writers, the make the World feel Better!
    Jean van Steen.
    PS, sorry my English grammatic, Cheers to all of You!!!

    Comment by juan van steen — January 15, 2008 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

    • Hello Jean!

      I can help you with some research about translation using a program or computer.
      And I know one fantastic publisher. But this information is available without me. I was writing to you because I think this sounds like a really great and interesting project!

      So “cheers!” I think it great that are 75!
      Please contact me if you want the additional information,

      Patricia Echevarria

      Comment by Patricia — October 21, 2010 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  2. I write because i can. That piece of paper is the one place where my freedom can not be taken away.

    Comment by Christi Quinn — January 30, 2008 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  3. I love that Why We Write accepts writers at all stations of their career and even those people who are claim not yo be writers–or at least those without credits–can be accpeted

    I never missed a day of the strike and when I submitted my little modest essay entry to WWW, not only did Charlie give me the third degree, he also required (and questioned my professional standing) that I provide my credits and name.

    I find it terribly ironic that someone without credits can be accepted on WWW, but there’s no litmus test for them.

    Comment by Jake Hollywood — February 25, 2008 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  4. Writing is as essential as Breathing!!

    Comment by Heather Mirassou — September 10, 2008 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  5. I’ve stumbled onto this site whilst researching the film ‘Nottingham’ I write and was dismayed that your archives only go back as far as April 2008. Why is this? is the writers strike in the US or something else? Do you need a reporter to go interview writer? I’m willing and able, drop me a line.

    It’s interesting to us fledgling (ok maybe not to fledgling) writers and communicators to read how our heroes do it. What motivates then and makes them begin the often laborious task of getting an idea on the the page

    Comment by Sharon Warman — October 2, 2008 @ 6:23 am | Reply

  6. Hi, I “stumbled upon”, not by accident, your blog site/web site. I am publishing a book entitled Caught in the Net, a story of internet addiction and romance by Sunshine44. It is a true story. I became addicted to AOL when the cost was $2.95 an hour. Not many people remember the times before unlimited internet use. I spent hours upon hours in the Hopelessly Romantic chat room. I flew to Madison, Wisconsin to meet a gentleman who I later found out, had hammer toes and a large hernia that protruded off of his belly, as well as he snored very loudly and talked in his sleep. He failed to mention these things in his “profile.” Who would? Anyways, would you be kind enough to read my Preface to Caught in the Net? It can be found on createspace.com The link is:
    https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1055837

    Thanks Miriam

    Comment by Miriam Carney — March 28, 2009 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

  7. I love to Write
    it mack my rilic

    ויאגרה
    סיאליס
    טכנאי מחשבים

    Comment by טכנאי מחשבים — May 22, 2009 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  8. Very informative post. thanks for sharing ))

    Comment by רשלנות רפואית — September 13, 2009 @ 12:27 am | Reply

  9. I came to your wonderful blog while thinking why people write. I have a literary page in the newspaper where I work. This goes to public once in a week. I try to give them a thoughtful edit on any subject related to literature. This week an insight came from within that I should write on why we write. Thus in search of something said previously on the subject, I encoutered your blog. Goodluck.

    Comment by Dr. Subhash Rai — April 29, 2010 @ 6:05 am | Reply

  10. Dear Mr. Charlie Craig and/or Ms. Thania St. John:

    Several months ago, America’s Choice requested permission to use the text from essay “Number 49” by Jessica Kane, Why We Write: A Series of Essays, February 21, 2008. We have no record of your response. (This might be explained by a change in personnel in our office.)

    Would you please confirm the status of this request. We would like to use “Number 49” as a sample essay in our Exposition Foundations Study for secondary students scheduled to be printed very soon.

    Please let me know how to go about requesting permission to use this piece and if you need additional information.

    Thank you.

    Lucy Hidalgo
    America’s Choice, Inc.
    1701 River Run, Suite 702
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    (817) 882-9515 (phone)
    (888-735-8224) (fax)
    http://www.americaschoice.org

    America’s Choice, Inc. (“America’s Choice”) is a comprehensive school reform organization based in Washington, DC. We work with schools to align standards, instruction, and assessments, focusing teaching on students’ needs and how to move students to achievement of the standards. Our program features research-based teaching strategies, extended daily literacy and math instruction, in-school literacy and math coaches for teachers, and a “safety-net” system for struggling students. A national network of America’s Choice curriculum and teaching experts help schools implement the school-improvement program through on-campus, regional, and national training efforts that use a wide range of America’s Choice instructional materials.

    Comment by Lucy Hidalgo — May 27, 2010 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  11. nice post

    Comment by john — October 26, 2010 @ 8:08 pm | Reply


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