Our debut theme for submissions this month is CREATION.
An ode to burgeoning beginnings and shaky starts, to holding your breath and jumping right in.
Something that captures that initial spark of an idea and the frisson that occurs as your thoughts lead to actions.
It’s about your creative ability. About your body’s creative ability. About your city’s creative ability. Of the formation of relationships, of ties, of hopes and expectations.
Sylvia Plath said that “the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt” – so don’t doubt. Send us something.
Dear Damsels accepts any form of creative writing – non-fiction, prose, poetry, personal narrative, features etc. We are looking for your voice and a style that strikes a chord with your fellow damsels.
Love, DD x
Submissions are no longer being accepted for this theme. You can read the contributions below.
Poet Cassy Fry shares with us her evocative blackout poetry, taken from Fifty Shades of Grey.
A lyrical tribute to David Bowie, master of Creation.
Ex Machina has been described as a feminist artificial intelligence thriller. Abby Parsons explores that in her review.
As the end of our first month online draws to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to tell you more about why we set up Dear Damsels.
Each month we provide a suggested reading list tying into our theme. Here’s the reading list for creation.
Olivia Sleet is here to tell us what she’s learned from starting new ventures
How’s that #eatclean diet working out for you? Take some lyrical motivation from these limericks.
Having just moved to London, Abby Parsons asks herself why she’s so bad at creating friendships.
Dear Damsels photographer Libby Earland praises the camera that got her into photography. #Canon
A review of the film Me, Earl and the Dying Girl, looking at the issues it raises with creativity.
Read Bridie Wilkinson’s review of Imperial War Museum’s Lee Miller exhibition, ‘A Woman’s War’, in which she questions the chosen narrative.
Bridie Wilkinson explores the idea of creation through poetry
An evocative piece of prose from Emma Jennings, exploring the creation of a moment.
Creating things out of clay is a contemplative experience. Kitty Stogdon tells us about it here.