GRANDE DAME LITERARY

Grande Dame Literary is for WOMEN WRITERS of any age and their VIBRANT VOICES. There is a Grande Dame in every woman, and we celebrate being women who support women. We do not define age, nor should you. If you like our posts and feel your voice is a good fit, send us a piece. Empowering and encouraging women writers is of utmost importance. Your vibrant voice is the greatest asset to your writing and Grande Dame Literary accepts work based on the strength of the story, the solid arc of characters, and potential appeal to our readers. And we are accepting poetry now as well. 

NEWS:


If you feel your work needs some polishing before you submit, check out our Editorial Critique and Feedback Services


SUBMISSION PERIOD: ROLLING (YOU MAY SUBMIT, BUT WE DO NOT READ IN AUGUST OR FROM 12/15 TO 1/15)

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED

ACCEPTED YOU'LL GET NOTIFIED WITH A POSTING DATE

DECLINED MEANS YOU CAN MAKE SOME CHANGES AND RESUBMIT UP TO TWO MORE TIMES

RIGHTS We ask for first serial rights and archival rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author. 


FICTION GUIDELINES:

  • 1500-3000 WORDS
  • literary chick-lit, upmarket women's contemporary, comedy, dramedy, rom-com, romance, drama, magical realism, humorous scary stuff like mystery, suspense, thriller, murder, we relish a good twist


MEMOIR GUIDELINES:

  • 750-3000 WORDS
  • Must be written in the style of a short story.


POETRY GUIDELINES

  • 2 POEMS (EACH POEM MAY NOT EXCEED ONE PAGE)
  • See fiction guidelines above for specifics
  • 50 WORD BIO ON A THIRD PAGE URL ONLY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA, NO EMAIL, PHONE, OR HANDLES


FORMATTING AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • 12PT TIMES NEW ROMAN, DOUBLE-SPACED, 1' MARGINS
  • KEEP TITLES SHORT
  • NOTIFY WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 90 DAYS
  • SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED
  • 50 WORD BIO AT END OF LAST PAGE URL ONLY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA, NO EMAIL, PHONE, OR HANDLES
  • SEND CLEAN DOCUMENTS, WE DO NOT ALLOW FOR CHANGES, NOR DO WE MAKE ANY CHANGES.


DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER:

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR TOPIC, PLEASE EMAIL US. DO NOT ASSUME THAT JUST BECAUSE IT IS DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER THAT WE WILL NOT CONSIDER IT. WE ARE OPEN TO ACCEPTING DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER AS LONG AS IT ADHERES TO OUR ACCEPTED GENRES.

HOWEVER, WE DO NOT ACCEPT MATERIAL THAT IS DISCRIMINATORY OR PROMOTES DIVISION. MATERIAL MEANT TO INCITE OR PROVOKE IS NOT ACCEPTED. 

GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF ABUSE OR ABUSERS IS NOT ACCEPTED. PERIOD.

WOMEN WRITERS - SHORT STORY & MEMOIR OPEN SUBMISSIONS

  • PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED.
  • KEEP TITLES UNDER FIVE WORDS
  • AND MAKE YOUR FIRST SENTENCE A STRONG ONE, IT'S ALL THAT SHOWS ON THE FRONT PAGE POST.
  • FOLLOW FORMATTING
  • WE DO OUR BEST TO NOTIFY WITHIN 90 DAYS
  • SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED
  • SEND CLEAN DOCUMENTS, WE DO NOT ALLOW FOR CHANGES, NOR DO WE MAKE ANY CHANGES.


SOMETIMES AN OBJECTIVE REVIEW OF YOUR WORK CAN BE WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ACCEPTANCE AND A DECLINE. GDL OFFERS A VARIETY OF CRITIQUE AND FEEDBACK OPTIONS. VISIT  CRITIQUE AND FEEDBACK SERVICES TO LEARN MORE. 


FICTION GUIDELINES:

  • 1500-3000 WORDS
  • literary chick-lit, upmarket women's contemporary, comedy, dramedy, rom-com, romance, drama, magical realism, humorous scary stuff like mystery, suspense, thriller, murder, we relish a good twist


MEMOIR GUIDELINES:

  • 750-3000 WORDS
  • Must read like a story. No essays. No academic pieces. 
  • Book excerpts are fine, but must be standalone pieces. 


FORMATTING: (WE DECLINE IF NOT IN THIS FORMAT)

  • 12PT Times New Roman, 1" Margins, Double-spaced
  • 50 WORD BIO at bottom of story URL ONLY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA, NO EMAIL, PHONE, OR HANDLES 
  • If you forget to add your bio at any time after submitting or you find typos, we do not allow for changes.


DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER:

WE ACCEPT DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER AS LONG AS IT ADHERES TO OUR ACCEPTED GENRES.

HOWEVER, WE DO NOT ACCEPT MATERIAL THAT IS DISCRIMINATORY OR PROMOTES DIVISION. 

GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF ABUSE OR ABUSERS IS NOT ACCEPTED. PERIOD. 


NEW! POETRY OPEN SUBMISSIONS!

GRANDE DAME LITERARY IS A BLOG FOR WOMEN BY WOMEN. WE CHAMPION WOMEN WRITERS. FIND YOUR VIBRANT VOICE AND JOIN IN. AT GRANDE DAME, AGE IS IRRELEVANT. WE BELIEVE THERE IS A GRANDE DAME IN EVERY WOMAN. WOMEN WRITERS. VIBRANT VOICES. 

  • PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED
  • 2 POEMS (EACH POEM MAY NOT EXCEED ONE PAGE)
  • 1 POEM PER PAGE
  • 12PT TIMES NEW ROMAN
  • DOUBLE-SPACED
  • 1' MARGINS
  • KEEP TITLES SHORT
  • FOLLOW FORMATTING
  • WE DO OUR BEST TO NOTIFY WITHIN 90 DAYS
  • SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED
  • 50 WORD BIO ON A THIRD PAGE URL ONLY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA, NO EMAIL, PHONE, OR HANDLES 
  • SEND CLEAN DOCUMENTS, WE DO NOT ALLOW FOR CHANGES, NOR DO WE MAKE ANY CHANGES.
  • If you forget to add your bio at any time after submitting or you find typos, we do not allow for changes.


DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER:

WE ACCEPT DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER AS LONG AS IT ADHERES TO OUR ACCEPTED GENRES.

HOWEVER, WE DO NOT ACCEPT MATERIAL THAT IS DISCRIMINATORY OR PROMOTES DIVISION.

GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF ABUSE OR ABUSERS IS NOT ACCEPTED. PERIOD.

Feedback, or lack of it, might be what is standing between you and an acceptance letter. 

THESE SERVICES ARE FOR SHORT STORIES AND MEMOIRS ONLY. PLEASE NOTE, OTHER THAN THE REVIEW, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF PUBLICATION ON GRANDE DAME, BUT WE HELP AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE THE BEST WRITER YOU CAN BE AND WORK WITH YOU TO READY YOUR WRITING FOR PUBLICATION

BASIC:

DEEP FEED FEEDBACK: $20

DEEP FEED FEEDBACK - AN OVERVIEW OF YOUR SHORT STORY OR MEMOIR AND SPECIFIED EXAMPLES OF HOW TO TWEAK IT FOR SUBMISSION

DRILLING DOWN:

EDITORIAL CRITIQUE: $40

EDITORIAL CRITIQUE - TWO FULL PAGES - A DETAILED ASSESSMENT WITH EXAMPLES, WRITING TIPS, AND REFERENCES TO MOVE YOUR WORK TO THE NEXT LEVEL. WE COMBINE TOUCHES OF A DEVELOPMENTAL/LINE/COPY EDIT TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TO REVISE YOUR STORY OR MEMOIR AND PERFECT IT FOR PUBLICATION

THE NITTY GRITTY:

DEVELOPMENTAL / STRUCTURAL: $125

STRUCTURE - TWO PART SERVICE - THE DEEPEST FEEDBACK IS A DEVELOPMENTAL ONE. WE GO THROUGH YOUR WORK WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB AND OFFER DIRECT INLINE COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS, AND EXAMPLES. AND AFTER YOU MAKE A REVISION, WE DO ONE MORE READ AND OFFER FINAL SUGGESTIONS TO PREPARE FOR SUBMISSION (CHARACTER ARC, STORY LINE, GOAL-MOTIVATION-CONFLICT-RESOLUTION, GRAMMAR, TYPOS, PACING & FLOW, LIGHT LINE EDITING SUGGESTIONS).

FINAL POLISH:

LINE / STYLE: $50

STYLE  - A LINE EDIT IS FOR MAKING SURE THE WORDS, SENTENCES, AND DIALOG FLOW AS SMOOTHLY AS THEY SHOULD. CADENCE AND RHYTHM ARE ASSESSED. CHARACTERS AND THE WORDS USED TO DESCRIBE THEM AND HOW THEY SPEAK ARE AS INTEGRAL TO THE STORY OR MEMOIR AS THE STORY ITSELF. 

GUARANTEED PUBLICATION:

THE REVIEW $75

MENTORING WITH AN EDITOR TO HONE A SHORT STORY OR MEMOIR GUARANTEES PUBLICATION. IT TAKES AN EDITORIAL CRITIQUE COMBINED WITH A REVIEW, A POLISH, AND A PUBLISH. 

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