The theme for February is that hard-won, most precious of things, TRUST. The foundation of every relationship we make, the thing we take so easily for granted.
It’s personal. It’s business. It’s built up over time, earned through long late-night conversations, lost in one fell swoop. Delicate. Enduring.
We trust each other with thoughts not yet fully formed in our own minds. We trust each other not to change. We trust that the world will take care of itself. We learn not to give our trust away so easily.
To be given someone’s trust can feel daunting. To trust yourself can feel impossible.
But don’t lose faith, Damsels, because we want to hear from you. We know you won’t let us down.
Submissions for this theme are no longer being accepted – you can view the contributions below.
Anna Myers’ enigmatic fiction paints a picture of a fragile relationship built on a tentative trust.
Health, doctors and waiting rooms. Anna Kahn’s three stanzas will make you question their truth.
Lauren Gauge’s poem addresses all that has been entrusted to the highest position of power, deserved or not.
Jess McHugh’s non-fiction piece explores the difficulty in trusting your own creativity.
Jennifer Livingstone asks the question it will always come back to – can you trust him?
The world keeps turning and it’s all we can do to keep holding on, in Stéph Kuypers’ plaintive poem.
Hang on with Rebecca Parker as she learns to trust in the climb, and herself
Rebecca Smith’s short story provides a gothic setting, a stormy night and a secret sealed in the embers of a fire.
Sara Grant’s poem captures the moment of betrayal in a diary read and a friendship written.
Sara Sherwood tells the story of a relationship reaching its end between the lines of a text conversation.
In this personal essay, Harriet Thompson examines whether we can ever trust the desire to follow our dreams, in the context of Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road and her own life.
Rock climbing has taught Xandra Robinson-Burns a lot about life – and it all starts with letting go of that ledge.
Anna Kahn crystallises three relationships into three moments, in her beautiful, honest poetry.
Claire Gillespie kicks off our discussions on TRUST with a non-fiction piece by that name, bringing us some truths about what trust between friends should mean.