Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for Women in Higher Education

We are delighted to welcome submissions from subscribers, administrators and faculty in higher education as well as organizational leaders with information on topics relevant to our readers.


Our Newsletter’s Mission
To provide women on campus with practical ideas and insights to be more effective in their careers and lives. We want women in higher education to gain the power they need to win respect, influence others, sell ideas and take their rightful place in leading society.

Our goal is to enlighten, encourage, empower and enrage women on campus and to win acceptance of women not only higher education but also our larger society.


Subscribers’ Profile
A New Subscriber Interest Inventory sent with subscribers’ first issue shows they are:

  • Divided 60-40 in favor of four-year schools over two-year schools.
  • Evenly divided between those with fewer than and more than 5,000 students.
  • More than 98% are administrators, the rest faculty.
  • More than 98% are women.

Subscribers are especially interested in: advice from successful women on campus, communication techniques, leadership, career strategies, ethical values, using intuition, research on gender differences, mentors and role models, problems facing women chairs, and ending sexual harassment.

For the best notion of what works, please read the past issues closely.

WIHE is not an academic journal, but rather a monthly print magazine that aims for accessible, engaging articles.

Use small words. Be clear and avoid academic jargon. Make sure to use active instead of passive voice. Aim for a “good read.” Try to be upbeat and positive, unless the topic requires a more serious tone. Think about what readers can learn from your article. Give practical ideas and recommendations. Provide concrete examples. Always try to imagine yourself as the reader and ask, “What would I want to know?” about your topic.

Word counts are estimates, but we don't publish articles over 1500 words.

  • In Her Own Words: 800-1100 words — research results, personal essays and subjective insights on relevant topics
  • Moveable type: 800-1100 words — synopsis of a useful book
  • Interview: 800-1100 words — profile a woman leader in higher education
  • Features: 800-1500 words — new programs, speeches, major research of interest


We pay $150 per solicited guest contribution. Currently, WIHE is not paying for unsolicited guest submissions. Know that when you write for WIHE you’re sharing what you know with a network of other women in higher education to help make a difference. You’re adding to your CV. You’re building a national reputation as an expert. You’re calling attention to a problem that may also exist on other campuses.


The Next Step
Please contact editor Autumn Arnett ( to discuss what you have in mind and to query whether it would fit with the newsletter’s editorial perspective.

Please pitch or query before writing a whole article. Subscribers and others familiar with the publication should also pitch first. If you aren't sure how to write pitch or what a pitch is, that's okay! Our editor has written an article about what you need to do to craft a successful pitch, which you can read here.

Please email pitches (at least one to two paragraphs long) to the editor. Acceptance of a pitch does not guarantee publication in the newsletter.

Submissions should be an MS Word document and sent as an attachment to

Submissions are reviewed on a revolving basis. Our editor will get back to you ASAP, request a photo of you to accompany the article, and send the edited version back to you for comments and/or revisions. You will have an opportunity to review it prior to its appearance in the newsletter, but the final version may be trimmed for size.