Dear Damsels

Share your words with DD

Find out about how to submit your work to Dear Damsels.

We’re always looking for new writers 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 women’s 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 two months, we open submissions on a new theme by sharing a 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, short 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 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:

Name Here | @twitterhandle | 
Please include a short bio about yourself here. One or two sentences works best, and feel free to include extra links within the bio itself.

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.
  • Please use UK spelling throughout and format your piece using single quotation marks for speech.
  • We cannot accept any piece of writing that exceeds 2,000 words
  • Your submission must not 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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Unless stated, (in this terms of service referred to as Dear Damsels) and/or its licensors and contributors own the intellectual property rights for content published on this website and materials used on Dear Damsels. All these intellectual property rights are reserved.

You must not use Dear Damsels in any way that causes, or may cause damage to the website or its contributors and readers, or in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity.

In these terms of service, ‘your content’ means material that you submit to this website.

You grant Dear Damsels a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty free license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish and distribute your content in any existing or future media. Dear Damsels reserves the right to edit or remove any material submitted to this website, or stored on its servers, hosted and published on this website.

The writer retains full copyright of their work.

Your content must not be illegal or unlawful, must not infringe any third party’s legal right and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action.

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