Author Guidelines

Instructions for Invited Authors

To become an invited author, please go to the Contribute page and sign up to Write a Story.

Story Guidelines

To help authors focus we have two themes. Your story should be 500-1200 words (max). The outlines below are your guide to help provide consistency and structure, resulting in what we believe will make a good story.

The more specific your story and the impact of your work, the more it will help inspire others to take action in their own way.

Through your storytelling, relate how you may have changed or made an impact. Most important, we’d like you to offer a concluding call to action – that is, you challenge the reader to think, change, do something. A question is most often the best way to motivate your reader: “What would you do?”


A Career/Life Story Guideline

  • A GRABBER HEADLINE OR QUESTION OR CHALLENGE…
    • This is to get your reader’s attention.
    • If you can’t think of one, we would be glad to help. Write your story and send it in.
  • Tell a story about yourself and your project/work.
    • Include your situation and motivations.
  • Tell the story of what you did.
    • What action steps did you take to make it concrete?
    • How has this impacted/changed/added to your area of expertise or your life?
  • What inspired you to do this?
    • What vision did/do you have?
    • Or was it merely an interesting endeavor that became significant?
  • Why do you think this is important?
    • Why was this a worthwhile endeavor for you.
  • Describe some of the challenges and risks you took and overcame.
    • What action steps did you take to be successful?
    • What was the outcome of the steps you took?
    • What did you learn?
  • How/did this experience change how you live/work/think?
    • Does it improve women’s impact on technology?
    • Does it improve technology for the world’s women
  • Explicitly ask the audience to take some sort of action, either to aid your project/vision or to work on their own vision/project.
    • What is your call to action to the reader?
    • Optional: Suggest resources/tools to help readers take action.

A Technology Story Guideline

  • A GRABBER HEADLINE OR QUESTION OR CHALLENGE…
    • This is to get your reader’s attention.
    • If you can’t think of one, we would be glad to help. Write your story and send it in.
  • Tell us about yourself and your project/work.
    • Describe the technology/project.
    • Discuss how you got involved, and impacted the project.
    • Did you add/change technology or bring a new perspective to the area?
  • What inspired you to do this?
    • What vision did/do you have?
    • Or was it merely an interesting endeavor that became significant?
  • Why do you think this is important?
    • Why was this a worthwhile endeavor for you.
  • Discuss some of the challenges and risks you took and overcame.
    • What action steps did you take to be successful??
    • What was the outcome of the steps you took?
    • What did you learn?
  • How/did this experience change how you live/work/think?
    • Does it improve women’s impact on technology?
    • Does it improve technology for the world’s women
  • Explicitly ask the audience to take some sort of action, either to aid your project/vision or to work on their own vision/project.
    • What is your call to action to the reader?
    • Optional: Suggest resources/tools to help readers take action.

For story curators

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