For Harriet is an online community for women of African ancestry. We encourage women, through storytelling and journalism, to engage in candid, revelatory dialogue about the beauty and complexity of Black womanhood. We aspire to educate, inspire, and entertain. 

For Harriet takes pride in amplifying the voices of Black women across the web and beyond. We celebrate your creative spirit and welcome your intuition on today’s issues, current news, matters of the heart, and cultural perspectives on life.

Currently, For Harriet offers four spaces for you to submit your original pieces.


For Harriet: Celebrating the Fullness of Black Womanhood

Regardless of whether or not you’re a professional writer, here at For Harriet we embrace all creative levels of expression. Submissions can vary from critical analysis of current happenings in pop culture, to reflective personal essays, to listicles that offer advice and insights, and everything in-between. Send us your writing and unique perspectives. If we think they are a good fit for the site, we’ll share them with our community. 

Essays, op-ed, listicles, and journalistic pieces submitted to For Harriet should be no more than 1500 words. Please note: we are not currently accepting pitches for recurring columns.


Shine: Where Black Women Take Center Stage

Shine is a digital destination dedicated to showcasing videos and media created by and for Black women. Through Shine, we highlight thoughtful, entertaining and multidimensional images of Black women. Shine encourages women of color to take back our power by controlling the media representations that we build ourselves.

Videos submitted to Shine should be through a YouTube and/or Vimeo link. Please include a short paragraph introduction about the video as well.


Soar: Elevating the Creative Brilliance of Black Women

Soar is the space for For Harriet community members to showcase their storytelling through poetry, literary prose, and fiction. Send us your poetry, short stories, and book excerpts. By sharing these artistic expressions, we hope to encourage Black women to explore the limitless options they have for sharing their voices and stories with the world. 

We allow multiple poetry submissions to Soar in a single document, but it should be no more than 5 pages. Short stories and book excerpts submitted to Soar should be no more than 10 pages.


The Culture: An Entertainment and Culture Guide for Black Women

The Culture is an online lifestyle, arts, and culture guide for Black women. We aim to showcase photography, visual art, and information about relevant cultural events and happenings by and for Black women. If you have a compelling photo series, dope art exhibition, awesome event, or other content meant to enrich the cultural experiences of women of color, please share it here.

If submitting photos or visual art, please include Word document with 1-2 paragraphs about the project, a few sample images, and link to view more images if available. 


When submitting a piece to be reviewed, please also keep in mind the following:

  • Please send a short 2-3 sentence biography in the description of your piece. 
  • All submissions will be treated with the utmost respect and properly responded to within two weeks from the time of submission.
  • ALL WRITING SUBMISSIONS TO FOR HARRIET AND SOAR MUST BE IN .DOC, .DOCX, .TXT, or .RTF FORMAT. (Please note: .DOC is preferred.)


Important legal disclaimer: By submitting an essay, op-ed, article, feature, story, poem, or fiction piece, you're agreeing to ForHarriet.com's terms of service, which include: 

  1. You relinquish rights to monetary compensation for work published on this site.
  2. You agree to allow For Harriet to make changes to the title of the piece, if we deem it necessary prior to publication.
  3. If you choose to re-post or cross-post any piece featured on the site to another platform, you must provide a link to the original post on For Harriet.  


If you experience a problem with this form, you may send your submission to submissions@ForHarriet.com. Please note that emailed submissions require more time to review.


What are you waiting for? Lift your voice! Share with our community!