Quarterly Scribe’s Guide

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Class notes columns are due four times per year.

Issue Deadline Magazine Mails
Fall August 1 mid-November
Winter November 1 mid-February
Spring February 1 mid-May
Summer May 1 late-August

The printed class notes section occupies about 40 pages — or half — of every issue of the Alumnae Quarterly. Still, space is limited. For more than 30 years, class scribes have adhered to a tiered, word-count system that is based on the total number of alums per class. If your column exceeds your class word limit, you will be asked to edit it down to the appropriate length. Starting with the spring 2020 issue, the Alumnae Quarterly has launched an online platform for publishing each issue of the Quarterly. More information can be found within the scribe’s guide about class notes online format, including the extended word count allotted. 

The word count limits for printed class columns are as follows:
2013–2022:  875 words
2003-2012:  825 words
1993–2002:  655 words
1983–1992:  570 words
1973–1982:  485 words
1963–1972:  400 words
1962 and earlier classes:  315 words
Frances Perkins, Graduate Programs, 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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