About Us and Submission Guidelines

Hello and welcome! The Hairpin is a women's website, and it's also a small tool for keeping your hair in place, and a kind of dramatic turn. For more information on those hairpins, stay on this page or slowly click through our entire archive — there's surely something back there to answer your questions.

More about us: The Hairpin is a general-interest blog, meaning we link to the stories of the day that appeal to us, and is a women's site insofar as it is run by women, features writing by women (and men), and is mostly read by women. In addition to commentary on the day's offerings, we feature original content from our contributors, in the form of text, video, illustration, and maybe eventually even media that hasn't been invented yet. If you'd like to submit original, unpublished content, please do (submissions@thehairpin.com)! Send us a detailed outline or draft of what you'd like to write, either as a Word document or in the body of an email (1,000 words is a good maximum to aim for, although we're very flexible on both ends). For personal essays, a first draft is preferable. We are a small staff and apologize that we can't personally give feedback for each pitch we receive, but we will be in touch directly and promptly if your piece is a potential fit for the site.

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.

For advertising and other business-related inquires, please contact The Hairpin’s publisher, John Shankman, at advertise@thehairpin.com.

Thanks for reading.