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About Us, Contact Info and Submission Guidelines

Hello and welcome! The Hairpin is a women’s website edited by Haley Mlotek with Alexandra Molotkow. It’s also a small tool for keeping your hair in place, and a kind of dramatic turn. For more information, stay on this page, or slowly click through our entire archive—there’s surely something back there to answer your questions. Or you could email us at right here.

The Hairpin is a women’s site insofar as it is run by women, features writing by women (and some men) and is mostly read by women. We feature original work from our contributors in the form of text, video, illustration, and maybe eventually even media that hasn’t been invented yet.

Even more about us, in the abstract: You know how having cocktails at a friend’s house can sometimes be more fun than the Big Party you go to afterward? And not because the Big Party isn’t fun, but just because hanging out with select lady friends is sometimes unbeatable? This site hopes to be a little like that—a low-key cocktail party among select female friends. Imagine like we’re pouring you a drink. That you can’t actually drink, because it is inside the computer.

If you would like to submit original, unpublished content, please email with 2-3 paragraphs outlining your essay or idea. A draft is nice, but not necessary! Just an outline or a detailed explanation will do. We are always flexible on length. We will be in touch directly and promptly if the piece is a potential fit for the site. If you haven’t heard from us in a reasonable amount of time, please feel free to follow up on your original pitch. The Hairpin pays all contributors.

The Hairpin was founded in 2010 by Edith Zimmerman. From 2013-2014, The Hairpin was edited by Emma Carmichael.

The Hairpin is the sister site in a network of independent sites that includes The Awl, The Billfold and Splitsider.

For advertising and all other business-related inquiries, please email our group publisher Michael Macher at

Thanks for reading.