Spring 2018

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Northwestern is the quarterly alumni magazine for Northwestern University.
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About Northwestern Magazine

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 to us:

by mail

Stephanie Russell
Northwestern magazine
1603 Orrington Ave., Suite 200
Evanston, IL 60201

by e-mail


By Fax


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.