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Columbia Missourian

A guide to the From Readers section

By Missourian staff
February 9, 2012 | 1:14 p.m. CST

Welcome to the From Readers section. This is a section of the Missourian dedicated to our community’s voices and stories. It is written by you, and by the rest of our community.

We don’t have strict selection guidelines, and we’d be happy to talk to you about whether your idea would make a good submission. (Hint: It probably would.) Click here for examples of past submissions, which are below. 

There are just a few things we need you to keep in mind as you submit your work — we promise it’s not much.

Please include these two things with your work:

We’d also love to attach photos or video to your story if you have them available.

How to submit:

Send an email to with your story attached or pasted in the email. If you prefer, you can send mail to Columbia Missourian, Attn: Submissions, 221 S. Eighth St., Columbia, MO 65211.

One more thing, we also ask that you abide by the same rules in your submission that we ask you to in our comments policy:

Here’s what happens after you submit your work:

All content is reviewed by an editor with a gentle hand before it is published. We are happy to help you with spelling, grammar and writing style, but we will try to maintain your own words and tone. If questions come up during the editing process, we might contact you to clarify information.  We'd also be happy to help hone your writing. If you'd like a bit more assistance, mention it in your submissions email.


Email Joy Mayer, the Missourian's director of community outreach, at



Life and Culture

A call for more education on the subject of rape

A reflection on war from a research assistant professor at the MU Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Insights into the life of a Columbia librarian

A description of what being a dad has taught a local pastor

A questioning piece about what to do for people who are cast aside


A dispatch from a Hickman diver’s letter of intent signing

A listing of who made the Academic All-State Squad from the Rock Bridge softball team

A call for support for the Missouri basketball team after a disappointing loss

Thoughts from an SEC native and Mizzou fan

An explanation of what the Mizzou Quidditch team does

Personal photos

Photos from a birthday party benefiting local non-profit organizations

A story and photos from a meaningful day spent with an aging mother from our most prolific contributor, John Hall

Photos from a Rock Bridge High School production of “Urinetown: The Musical


Personal connections to an exhibit at the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology

An MU student discusses her artistic processes and inspirations

A call for submissions for a holiday exhibition at P.S.: Gallery

… And check out ArtTalk, where you can share something you're excited about and open the eyes of the community to local art.


A description of how a family’s history of rallying against oppression informs political motivation.

A discussion of political involvement and how those not involved don’t have the right to gripe.

…And check out this section of the Missourian entitled “Election 2012: Your Voices,” with responses from a myriad of Columbia residents on the topic of politics.


A poem in memory of a friend who died

Autobiographical highlights from the interesting life of T. Gale Thompson.

A local author’s description of his WWII-era memoir

An invitation to share some shaggy dog tales from a longtime Columbia resident

A poem about discrimination in Columbia

Current events and breaking news

A story about storm chasing across Kansas

A discussion about Occupy COMO from a participant

Scanner traffic from a fire in May at a local apartment complex

Suggestions for viewing the summer night sky

Memories of Sterling Wyatt from his Taekwondo instructor