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Contributor Guidelines

Women’s Running Writer Submission Guidelines

Women’s Running is the only women-specific running magazine.  Women’s Running covers all aspects of the running lifestyle, from active beauty needs to training plans. The Women’s Running mission is simple: to create a high-quality magazine for smart, successful women who use running to balance and enrich their lives.

Women’s Running
is always looking for experienced freelance writers to contribute to the magazine. To best understand what we’re looking for, please read several recent issues of the magazine closely, and note that Ask the Experts, The Inside Track, training, gear and nutrition articles are most often written by experts (coaches, nutritionists, doctors, etc.). We have little interest in first person, general articles about running or fitness, nor do we publish race reports. And please keep in mind that because Women’s Running only publishes six times a year, we must be selective in choosing stories that best serve the needs of our readers.

We encourage and prefer queries sent by e-mail. These should be sent to Please include a well-written query letter and two to three short, relevant writing samples. Submissions should adhere to standard AP Style and should be sent in a Microsoft Word e-mail attachment. Due to the large number of queries we receive, please realize it may take six weeks or more to receive a reply to your query, depending on when in our production cycle it’s received. Lead time for submissions is four months minimum, and six months is required for seasonal material. We do not accept articles submitted on speculation, nor do we publish reprints.

All published Women’s Running articles are well-researched and written in an intelligent and lively voice. Stories should encourage women to lead a running lifestyle through compelling language that avoids the use of clichés and “fluff.”

Here are specific details about each department open to freelance writers.


Fitness: This 1,200- to 1,500-word workout is designed to help runners build strength, improve conditioning or prevent injuries. Each workout consists of eight to 10 exercises written with detailed instructions. Although this piece doesn’t have to be written by an expert, it does need to consult one to create a workout proven to show results.

Health: This 1,000-word piece details a health concern or topic relevant for female runners and includes numerous quotes and advice from experts. Topics for this section may cover healthy weight loss, motivation, mental training, or general women’s health news.  Please note: Women’s Running does not cover or advocate “fad diets,” diet pills or supplements.

Sports Nutrition: Usually written by a registered sports nutritionist, this 1,200-word piece provides practical tips and advice for female runners on how best to fuel their active lifestyle. Topics range from hydration to sports bars. Articles should be backed by current scientific research.

The Healthy Dish: Arranged around a healthy recipe for runners created by a chef, coach or elite athlete, this one-page piece provides all the details readers need to create a healthy, tasty entrée, post-run recovery meal, snack, etc. Recipes must include nutritional data. The page also includes a section about the recipe’s creator and running background.

Beauty in Motion: This short (1,000 words) article focuses on active beauty topics, from skincare and sunscreen to chafing. This section focuses on healthy, natural beauty advice for female runners and does not cover topics such as cosmetics or color trends.

Active Getaway: This 1,500-word piece highlights a destination or trip that provides a variety of active options for women and/or their families, from yoga to windsurfing, and is most often written by experienced travel writers. These travel pieces do not have to center around running, but may include a sidebar on running such as “Locals’ Favorite Run.” This travel piece should be entertaining to read and also provide all the relevant details for readers to follow in the writer’s footsteps.

Try This: Providing readers with inspiration to try a new sport for fun or for cross-training, this 1,000-word piece includes a narrative description of a sport (ex: kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing) as well as numerous sidebars on gear, great places to take a class or participate in the sport, and tips on how to get started in the sport.

FEATURES: Although our training plans and nutritional features are written by experienced coaches and certified nutritionists, we’re always looking to expand our pool of experts. We also use a select pool of experienced, well-connected gear writers for our gear reviews. Please send queries to if you have the right credentials.

We do, however, accept queries from freelance writers for the profile section. Here’s what we’re looking for:

Profiles: Motivational and inspirational, feature profiles (1,500-2,000 words) highlight a female runner who has overcome a major obstacle or accomplished something incredible through running. In general, professional runners should have an element of depth and interest to them beyond just excelling at their sport. We also profile amateur athletes who have fascinating lives or careers, as well as active, everyday women who are making a difference in their communities or elsewhere. Above all, we’re looking for women who manage to lead exciting, active lifestyles in the face of many other commitments. This section can also occasionally highlight groups or charities that are motivating girls or women to run.


Women’s Running uses a variety of both stock and original photographic material. In general, we are always seeking dynamic stock images of women engaged in running. If you have images you’d like to share with us, please e-mail a low-res image to:

If you have slide transparencies without the ability to scan a digital version, please e-mail the creative director prior to sending them for consideration.

Additionally, each issue the creative director generates an e-mail detailing stock needs for that issue. If you feel your work fits these needs, please send a note to the e-mail address above. If your work meets our standards you will be included on the monthly call for images.

In most cases, Women’s Running photography will be taken by proven professionals. We accept both slide transparencies and high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) digital images.

Our pay rates for photography vary based on how the photograph is used, and at what size:

General Photo Payment Guidelines
Cover images: $500 to $800
Photo used inside the magazine: $100 to 400 (depending on size and placement)
Day Rate Assignment: $500

Thank you for your interest in Women’s Running.

Jessica Sebor

Jessica Sebor

Jessie Sebor is the Vice President of Women's Running at Competitor Group. After finishing her first marathon at age 18, Jessie has run everywhere from Singapore to Prague and competed in hundreds of races including the Boston Marathon and the Bare Dare, for which she won the title of National Nude Running Champion. Jessie’s work appears at, Ultrarunning Magazine and has been selected for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Essays. A former romance novel editor, it’s at Women’s Running where her true passions lie. You can reach her at