Upcoming Readers Write Deadlines | The Sun Magazine

Upcoming Readers Write Deadlines

Taste, Uniforms, and Shaving

October 26, 2023

Readers Write is a feature in The Sun where readers share their personal writing on a given topic — a unique fixture of the magazine since the section’s inception in 1978. Send us your true story on an upcoming topic, and if we publish it you’ll receive a complimentary one-year subscription.

Not sure what to write? See below for some prompts to spark an idea. Writing style isn’t as important as thoughtfulness and sincerity, and topics are intentionally broad to give room for expression and interpretation.


Taste: Entries due November 1
Love bananas? Hate shiplap? Ever connected with a stranger over a shared interest in books, fashion, or footwear? Has your taste in music or friends ever gotten you in trouble? Tell us about the time you tried — and failed — to cook a special meal or about when you said something that was in poor taste. Send us your favorite stories, but remember that we only like true ones for Readers Write.

Uniforms: Entries due December 1
Ever had to dress a certain way for work — in a company T-shirt, scrubs, a judge’s robe? Have you donned fatigues or dress blues as a member of the military? Maybe the sight of someone in official duds turns you on — or maybe it fills you with apprehension. Tell us about your most memorable experience wearing your sports-team jersey, marching-band uniform, or Scout sash. Dress up your story however you like, but remember we only publish true accounts in Readers Write.

Shaving: Entries due January 1, 2024
Maybe your mom taught you how. Maybe your dad. Maybe no one did, and you’ve got the cuts to prove it. Tell us about an experience shaving, or choosing not to: for a job interview, for an intimate affair, or for a time you tried to reinvent yourself. Get your piece to us in the nick of time, and remember we only publish true stories in Readers Write.

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