Submission Guidelines

Readers Write asks readers to address subjects on which they’re the only authorities. Topics are intentionally broad in order to give room for expression. Writing style isn’t as important as thoughtfulness and sincerity.

Because of space limitations, we’re unable to print all the submissions we receive. There is no word limit for Readers Write, but we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the section before you submit (click here for a sample). We edit pieces, often quite heavily, but contributors have the opportunity to approve or disapprove of editorial changes prior to publication. (If you don’t want to be contacted regarding the editing of your work, please let us know.)

We publish only nonfiction in Readers Write. Feel free to submit your writing under “Name Withheld” if it allows you to be more honest, but be sure to include your mailing address so we can give you a complimentary one-year subscription if we use your work, as a way of saying thanks. Occasionally we will choose not to publish an author’s name or will use only a first name and last initial. While we don’t question the truthfulness of the writing, we must be sensitive to considerations of libel or invasion of privacy. If you’ve already changed the names of the people involved, please say so.

We now accept submissions online (see below for links to upcoming topics). You can also send your typed, double-spaced submissions to Readers Write, The Sun, 107 North Roberson Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Please include your e-mail address and phone number. If you cannot type, please print clearly. We’re sorry, but we can’t respond to or return your work, so don’t send your only copy unless you don’t want it back. Because we must wait until the last minute to make our final selections, we are unable to answer questions regarding the status of submissions. If your piece is going to appear, you’ll hear from us prior to publication.

You can also use our online form to suggest a topic.

Upcoming Topics
(click title to submit online)
Deadline Publication Date
The Sofa September 1 March 2016
Bosses October 1 April 2016
The Backyard November 1 May 2016
Swimming December 1 June 2016
High School January 1 July 2016
Houses February 1 August 2016