So you’ve written a thing. Now what?
Sometimes it’s just about the writing process, getting something that’s been swirling in your head down onto the page. But sometimes it’s about setting yourself a goal, or sharing what you’ve got to say a little bit further.
It’s why we set up Dear Damsels: to provide another space where women could send their words and receive support and feedback and a general rallying response. We think that personal blogs are great, but can sometimes feel like shouting into the void.
But DD is just one platform among many providing the chance for writers to share their work further, whether through regular submission periods or one-off writing opportunities. With so many fantastic platforms out there, we wanted to share those on our radar with you.
the tiny narrative
As featured on the most recent episode of Her Own Words, the tiny narrative, run by Elizabeth Lovatt, is an email newsletter sharing a piece of fiction, non-fiction and poetry every two weeks, describing itself as ‘personal despatches for narrative obsessives’. Submissions are always open and you can send your pieces of writing under 1,000 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Peruse their wonderful archive to find out more.
Shirley Magazine is a US-based online literary magazine who read and accept submissions from everyone, but especially encourage women, non-binary writers and writers of colour to submit their work. They publish in April, August, and December and submissions are always open. Find out more here.
Best Practice Zine
If you don’t follow Best Practice Zine on Instagram we heartily recommend you do so for some work-related lols. But you can also submit your own writing to this zine about work culture and worker’s experiences, with submissions for their third issue now open. Browse previous issues through their online shop and send any kind of writing or art to email@example.com.
The Future Bookshelf
For those of you with novel ambitions, be sure to keep your eye on The Future Bookshelf, which will run its second submission period open to writers from underrepresented backgrounds in May 2019. Find out more about how to submit, and about The Future Bookshelf Class of 2018, through their website.
For Books’ Sake
The brilliant For Books’ Sake has been running for a number of years now, with the mission of championing writing by women and girls. There are so many ways your can get involved with FBS, from signing up to their much-loved Write Like a Grrrl workshops, going along to their spoken word That’s What She Said events, or submitting to have your fiction featured as their Weekend Read (details of how to submit here). On top of that, they are also taking applications from women and non-binary writers who want to perform with them at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.
So there you have it: writing opportunities galore. And of course, there’s always DD – we open up submissions on a new theme every month through our monthly letters. We’re currently looking for all kinds of writing on the theme of ESCAPE (submissions close Weds 24th April) – so whether it’s your first time sharing your words with anyone or you’re a seasoned pro, why not send something our way?
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We want to create a space on our website where you can find out what your collective is doing for you. Whether it be upcoming events, publications, projects or podcast episodes, this blog is where we communicate directly with you about what is going on in the world of DD.
Know of a great writing platform that you’d add to this list? Let us know about it @deardamsels on Twitter and Instagram.
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