Writer’s Guidelines

Quickening welcomes and encourages submissions by members. Pieces typically run from 300 to 800 words and range from short posts of a paragraph or two focused on the activities of committees and affiliates or an upcoming or recently attended event, to longer feature-style articles on a wide-range of midwifery subjects, such as clinical and practice “how-to” pieces; personal essays related to the experiences or reflections of a midwife, student midwife, or retired midwife; and opinion pieces related to midwifery or maternal health topics. (See FAQs for subject matter details.) The key is topics that are relevant and interesting to ACNM’s members.

Queries about article ideas are welcome and encouraged, and the staff is available as a resource for coaching and directing contributors.

Quickening’s tone is professional, yet conversational, as if the writer is speaking directly to a colleague. Authors are encouraged to include interesting details, quotes, facts, and examples that engage the reader. Authors may also submit outlines or first drafts for review if they wish.
posts and articles that are relevant and interesting to its members.

The Quickening editorial staff reserves the right to select articles for publication based on the subject matter’s relevance to midwifery, sufficient interest in the topic, whether other articles or posts have recently appeared on the same topic, and editorial quality. The team strives for balance in covering a wide variety of topics and perspectives, striving to allocate sufficient editorial space to all worthy topics. Articles and posts may also be rejected if they promote a product or do not follow ACNM’s code of conduct. To maximize the likelihood that a submission will be published, contributors are encouraged to contact the editor before proceeding with an article.

Articles and posts follow JMWH editorial style guide. They are not typically footnoted, but are linked or referenced within the text (ie) as a Washington Post article noted…)

Members may submit articles or posts directly to [email protected] or through the submit an article form in the footer menu.

Contributors are encouraged to submit one or more photos with their article or posts that are of sufficient quality to reproduce well in a digital format, that are relevant to the article, and that the contributor has taken him or herself or that he or she has obtained permission to reproduce. Additionally, Quickening requests that authors submit the articles with their full credentials, a line or two about themselves for our author’s attribution, and if possible, a head shot or photo that can be cropped into a head shot.

Questions? please email [email protected] or contact Maura Christopher at 240-485-1822, [email protected]