Purple Prose Guidelines
Northwestern magazine is looking for Northwestern alumni who would like to write for Purple Prose, the 800-word personal essay that appears in every issue. The editor welcomes first-person essays on any topic that alumni writers feel passionate about. The tone can run the gamut from serious to humorous. Past issues have included alumni essays on such topics as the joys of shopping in the food markets of Florence and the sorrow of grappling with parental suicide. In the past many Purple Prose writers have been Medill graduates, but the editor would be delighted to run essays written by non-journalism alumni. McCormick, Kellogg, School of Law, Medical School and Dental School alumni are especially encouraged to submit an essay.
So, if you feel strongly about something going on in your life or your work-a-day world and you love to write, then please send your submission by mail to
1800 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208-1800
or by e-mail to
or by fax to
N.B. We will not be able to reply to all alumni submitting essays, but will contact you if we decide to run your essay in Northwestern magazine. We do appreciate your interest in writing for the magazine.