Alaska Women Speak

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(907) 720-3511
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Since it's inception in 1992, Alaska Women Speak has work to amplify the stories of Alaska's women. In late 2015, volunteers reached out to survey women writers and readers across the state about what they wanted from AWS. In January 2016, volunteers compiled the responses and crafted a new mission and vision and strategic plan. 2016 brought forth a new look and feel to the publication. Currently in 2017, AWS is enjoying new partners, new voices and expanding its reach across our diverse and unique communities across the state. Mission: Alaska Women have a story to tell. Alaska Women Speak is the journal devoted to their expression of ideas, literature and art. Tag Line: Telling our stories Goal 1: Engage Quality Writers Strategy 1: Develop and improve design Strategy 2: Raise editorial standards Strategy 3: Have an engaging and regularly updated website Strategy 3: Establish and nurture partnerships Tactic: Increase our visibility Build an engaging and regularly updated website Tactic: Identify art organizations and send out regular call for cover art to artist organizations/networks in Alaska Tactic: Send out regular call for writing to 49 Writers and Alaska Writers Guild and other writing organizations/communities as identified Tactic: Identify an organization each from Barrow, Bethel, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Kotzebue, Ketchikan, MatSu, Seward, Sitka, Kenai and Homer that will promote the journal. Tactic: feature voices and art from a region/hub in each quarterly publication. Develop a schedule to feature each over three years. Tactic: Volunteers visit existing customers and promote their store as able. Tactic: use social media platforms to regularly promote partners Goal 2: Recognize our volunteers and build community Strategy 1: Make an in kind contribution to a particular type of organization that a volunteer board member has in their community. (women’s shelter, YWCA…) Strategy 2: Use AWS publication to promote organizations with related missions. Tactic: Publish stories from or about a organizations that readers would appreciate Tactic: include established Alaska women writers and organizations in our publication distribution Strategy 3: Hold annual social Goal 3: To be financially sustainable Strategy 1: Increase subscription base Tactic: have a presence at women’s events Tactic: Strategy 2: Increase donor base Tactic: partner with retail partners and other organizations to host readings for AWS writers statewide Tactic: thank our donors and recognize them at different levels of giving Tactic: establish a giving pyramid that acknowledges donors at varying levels Tactic: Launch a campaign to identify women leaders who are interested in the work and mission of Alaska Women Speak. Tactic: Solicit the support of said women leaders. Strategy 3: Identify funding opportunities with organizations that complement the mission of AWS and help meet the goals of the organization Tactic: Seek training/advisors and mentorships to guide the organization Tactic: Cultivate relationships with foundations interested in our work

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Carmen Davis
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Submissions Policy
Alaska Women Speak welcomes submissions in the following genres: non-fiction, poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, and essay. We also publish visual art and photography. AWS proposes a theme for each of its quarterly installments, but interesting and well-written pieces outside the proposed theme are considered. Preference is for submissions of 3000 or fewer words. AWS is a non-profit, volunteer-run publication. We do not pay for submissions, and writers retain full rights to their work published in AWS. Email submissions to [email protected] Please attach files in .doc or .rtf format. Word files typed in size 12, Times New Roman are preferred.
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