Quarterly Scribe’s Guide

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Class notes columns are due four times per year.

SpringJanuary 25mid-April
SummerApril 15mid-July
FallJuly 15mid-October
WinterOctober 15mid-January

The class notes section occupies about forty pages—or half—of every issue of the Alumnae Quarterly. Still, space is limited. For more than thirty years, class scribes have adhered to a tiered, word-count system that is based on the total number of alumnae per class. If your column exceeds your class word limit, you will be asked to edit it down to the appropriate length.


The word count limits for class columns are as follows:
2009–2018:  875 words
1999–2008:  825 words
1989–1998:  655 words
1979–1988:  570 words
1969–1978:  485 words
1959–1968:  400 words
1958 and earlier classes:  315 words
Frances Perkins, MA, CG classes:  760 words


Email your column to

  1. Attach a Word document (preferred)
  2. Paste copy into the body of the email
  3. Post to Google docs and notify editor


Mail to the editor (for those without email)
Class Notes Editor
Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College
Mary Woolley Hall
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075


For more information, please refer to the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly Scribe’s Guide. A hard copy may be mailed, upon request, by contacting the Class Notes Editor.

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