Dear Damsels letter

Let Me Know When You’re Home: Stories of Female Friendship

Help us to crowdfund DD’s first ever paperback publication

Help us to crowdfund DD’s first ever paperback publication

What is it that makes female friendship so special / complex / intense / important / messy / supportive / essential? 

After opening submissions on the subject of female friendship and being overwhelmed by your response, we have now officially launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Let Me Know When You’re Home: Stories of Female Friendship.

This is a very big (scary) deal for us and your support would mean the absolute world: if half the people who are signed up to our mailing list pre-ordered their copy of LMKWYH through the Kickstarter, we’d reach our target in no time! But we need your help. 


How to support our Kickstarter

Supporting is simple – just head to our Kickstarter pagechoose your reward (DD totes, notecards and more up for grabs!) and be the first to receive a copy of Let Me Know When You’re Home when it publishes in February 2020. (You can also make a pledge without a reward, but where’s the fun in that?)

Or help us spread the word – forward this email to a pal, share the Kickstarter link on your socials and tell your friends.  

Why are we crowdfunding?

All our previous projects have been personally funded, or using the money made from DD events and previous Annual sales. But if we reach our target, we’ll be able to pay our writers for the first time, and take the words of women even further.


You can read the original call for submissions below.

Submissions are now closed for Let Me Know When You’re Home. Thank you to everyone who sent something our way. We’ll be back in touch by 25th August.

Check back here or sign up to our mailing list for updates on the upcoming crowdfunder.

If you have any questions about the project, please read the original submisssion letter and FAQs below, or email contact@deardamsels.com.

Dear Damsels,


Over the years, we’ve written you forty-three letters: one for each month we’ve been running, each letter asking you to send us your words and stories. No matter the theme, you’ve responded, sharing with us your thoughts and feelings; your interpretation of a topic.

Out of everything that is discussed and explored in the writing we share on DD, there is one thing we never tire of reading about: female friendship. No matter the theme, we constantly receive submissions about the relationships between women. 

Maybe that’s because it’s the kind of quietly steadying force that doesn’t get enough attention – the accumulation of small moments, big hugs, loud laughs and, always, a request to let me know when you’re home.

From growing up together, to growing apart, from the oldest of friends to the fake ones, to keeping each other safe, our relationships with other women are multifaceted: they can be our greatest loves, deepest heartbreaks and the centres that we spiral back to time and time again. 

Because female friendship and connection is central to what we do at DD, we wanted to find a way to explore it in full, giving it the space it needs and deserves. 

In February 2020, we will be publishing Let Me Know When You’re Home: a collection of original fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the subject, and we want your words. 

DD is a voluntary platform, but we want to change that, working towards a position where we are able to pay those who write for us. As part of this effort, we will be launching our first crowdfunder to support the project costs, including payment for the writers who are selected to feature in the collection. 

Through this publication we hope to reach our widest audience yet, and we’d love to use this opportunity to promote wide-ranging and diverse perspectives on female friendship. We want to hear from everyone, whatever your story, and we’re especially keen to hear from women of colour and writers who feel underrepresented in publishing. 

At its heart, DD is a network of women, sharing each other’s work and listening to each other’s voices. Let Me Know When You’re Home is our way of celebrating that. So if you have something to say (and we’re betting you do), send your words our way by Sunday 11th August, 2019.

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Love,

DD x

More details

Subject to funding, our plan is for Let Me Know When You’re Home to be a paperback publication, released in February 2020.

We will be launching a crowdfunder in September 2019 in order to fund the payment of contributors, printing and design costs.

Should we not reach our financial target, we plan to release the collection online. If you have any questions about the project before submitting, please email contact@deardamsels.com and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Submission guidelines

We will be accepting fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as everything in between, but please note we will be favouring long-form pieces of writing for this collection.

We will also accept pitches for fiction and non-fiction. If you are sending a pitch, please send a 100-word summary and a sample of your writing in the same form (published or unpublished).

For long-form pieces of writing, the word count must be no longer than 5,000 words.

We are limiting submissions to one piece per author. Please send your submission as a separate document.

Please send all submissions to contact@deardamsels.com, including ‘Female Friendship’ in the email subject, your name and the title of the piece.

Please also provide a 100-word summary of the piece and a few lines about yourself.

We will do our very best to respond to all submissions by Sunday 25th August.

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