Suggestions for Writing Pen-pal Profiles
Best Foot Forward
People often ask our advice on how to write an effective profile that people will respond to. We have found that profiles written as "seeking friends" instead of "seeking romance" receive an astounding 86% more mail. Many romances have formed on the site, but all started as friendships. In addition to discouraging you from seeking romance in your profile, we also recommend avoiding "tough guy" style profiles and pictures. Being honest, sincere, and gracious in seeking friendship is how inmates achieve success in meeting new people. Many viewers report being put-off by profiles that seek romance or present themselves as trying to appear tough or dangerous.
Simply be honest. Unlike just about any other organization out there, we verify all of the information (e.g., photos, crimes, dates of birth) that we can before placing profiles. Pen-pals have all the tools available to research your history. This is why so many people trust and prefer WriteAPrisoner.com. Just state the facts about yourself and your situation.
Profiles with photos receive more mail. If you don’t have a photo at this time, you can post your profile and send your photo later. We will return your photo (or artwork) to you along with a printout of your profile. Only you can be featured in the photo. If someone else appears in the photo, please identify yourself. We will remove the other person(s) without damaging the photo. Original artwork may be substituted for a photo. (This should be no larger than 8 ½” x 11”).
Please refrain from mentioning anyone by name in your profile. We prohibit sexual language. You may not conduct business through your profile. Profiles must be submitted in English. Any profile we feel inappropriately represents us will be returned and fully refunded prior to processing.
All poetry must be your original work. We cannot accept copyrighted work.