Call for Submissions

Her Path Forward: Stories of Transformation and Inspiration

A ModernWell Anthology

ModernWell is the first female-centered co-working and collaborative space in Minneapolis, Minnesota dedicated to empowering women through connection, wellness and creative freedom. ModernWell supports women in living their most authentic, purposeful and fulfilled lives and believes that an important piece of living a fulfilled life is allowing yourself the space and freedom to evolve and transform. In partnership with My Founder Story, ModernWell is celebrating women’s unique journeys of growth and transformation in an anthology of essays, which will be published in late spring or early summer. Submissions are being accepted now through April 15, 2021.

ModernWell was founded by Julie Burton, an author, wellness advocate and former journalist. My Founder Story is a social enterprise dedicated to amplifying women’s voices and empowering female founders through storytelling, workshops, coaching and grants. It was founded by Chris Olsen, a former broadcast media maven turned communications consultant and author. A shared passion for elevating the words and writing of women brought Chris and Julie together for this anthology project.


Whether by chance or by choice or by sheer necessity, women go through the process of transformation many times throughout their personal and professional lives. Sometimes the journey is tumultuous and painful. A woman may be cracked wide open and stretched in ways she never imagined. Other times, change happens slowly over time. One day she seems to emerge anew without fully grasping—at least in the moment—what it took to get there. This anthology aims to share various perspectives of women navigating change and the path forward.

Submission Details

Theme: Change, growth, transformation

Deadline: Open now; deadline is April 15, 2021

Word Count: 750-1,000 words

File Type: Word or PDF only

Payment: $50 for stories selected to be included in “Her Path Forward: Stories of Growth and Transformation”

Rights: ModernWell and My Founder Story request first serial rights on the stories published in this anthology, meaning the story should not have appeared anywhere else, either in print or online. (This includes publication on an author’s own website.) If your story is published in the anthology, we request a brief period of exclusivity (six months) and the right to keep the story in print as part of the anthology. ModernWell and My Founder Story do not request more rights than needed to produce this anthology or place any limits on what the author can do with the story after the exclusivity period. Copyright always remains with the author.

Editor’s Note: If you would like your story to appear anonymously in the book, please note that as your preference on your submission.

    Attach Your Submission in a Word Doc or PDF