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 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:
2012–2021:  875 words
2002-2011:  825 words
1992–2001:  655 words
1982–1991:  570 words
1972–1981:  485 words
1962–1971:  400 words
1961 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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