As a platform championing the words and stories of women, we’re always looking for new writers to shout about. 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 here to receive it straight to your inbox. Past themes have included PRIDE, DESIRE and NOURISH, with all past responses to these themes safely stored in our fabulous archive. Unfortunately it isn’t possible for us to feature everything that is submitted to us, but every submission receives a timely response.
We accept all forms of writing – fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and everything in between. If you have something to say we want to hear from you. However, we only accept submissions that are emailed to email@example.com 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. We can include a link to one of your social media handles, and one link to a blog or website. Please follow this format, using hyperlinks as below:
Name Here | @twitterhandle | anyotherlinkshere.com
Please include a short bio about yourself here, written in the third person. 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 one piece 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 if it’s right for DD, please do send it in – we’d love to hear from you.
DD was created as an inclusive and welcoming space. As a platform set up to champion the writing of others, we believe in the power of words – not only for their capacity to share stories, but also in the way that they empower the person who writes them. We always want to publish diversely, and we’re especially keen to hear from women of colour and underrepresented writers.
Dear Damsels currently exists as a volunteer-run platform, but we continue to work towards changing that. Being published is such an important landmark for an emerging writer, as is reflecting this in payment for their work. While we cannot offer payment to the writers we publish online, we do host regular submission periods for our print publications and all writers who are selected to feature in our books are paid for their work.
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