We’re always looking for new female voices to join our collective.
As a platform championing the words and stories of women, our aim is to publish and to represent a complete range of female voices and writing styles. For that reason, we accept most kinds of writing – but before you submit to us, there are a few things to note.
How it works
Every month we open submissions on a new theme by posting a monthly letter (sign up to receive it straight to your inbox). Past themes have included PRIDE, DESIRE, TRIBE and NOURISH, with all past responses to these themes safely stored in our fabulous archive. Unfortunately, try as we might, it isn’t possible for us to feature everything that is submitted to us, but we’ll always give you full feedback either way and if we can’t fit your piece into one theme, we may ask if we can keep hold of it to consider for another upcoming theme.
Guidelines for submitting
We accept all forms of writing – fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, essays, stories, opinion, satire, flash fiction, haikus, lyrics . . . If you have something to say we want to hear from you!
However, we only accept submissions that are emailed to email@example.com in the following format:
- Please state the monthly theme in the subject line, along with the title and your author name, and attach your contribution as a Word or Google document (PDFs won’t be accepted)
- Please provide a short synopsis of the work (2–3 sentences), and in the case of prose please highlight whether your work falls into fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction
- Please also supply a short biography – whether it’s your first or fiftieth time submitting (it’s useful to have your latest version) – as well as details of your social media handles, blogs and/or web pages, so we can link to them when promoting your piece. Please follow this format, using hyperlinks as below:
Abby Parsons | @abby_aap | anyotherlinkshere.com
Abby Parsons is an editor and co-founder of Dear Damsels. She is averse to writing bios about herself in the third person.
All pieces must adhere to the following:
- Your submission must be of your own work
- We do not accept simultaneous submissions
- The title of the submitted piece must not be the same as the theme name
- We cannot accept any piece of writing that exceeds 2,000 words
- Your submission cannot have been published on any other writing platform, aside from personal blogs and websites. If your submission has been previously published on your personal blog, please provide us with a link to the post
- There’s no limit on how many times you can submit to DD, however, we cannot accept more than two pieces per writer, per month. The exception to this rule is a collection of poems, which we may be able to combine into one post.
What’s most important to us is the chance to read your work, so if you’re unsure of where your submission fits, or if it’s right for DD, please do send it in – we’d love to hear from you.
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