SUBMISSIONS and NEW BOOK PILE PROMOTION OPEN ON FEBRUARY 1, 2023.

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Grande Dame Literary is for WOMEN WRITERS of any age and their VIBRANT VOICES. There is a Grande Dame in every woman, and we are women writers/editors who support women writers. 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. 

We used to say the greatest reason for declines was due to formatting. After a year of posts, the greatest reason for declines has become story and character arcs that need a tweak. Having your work read by someone else, paid or free, can be the greatest boost to helping you get published. Check out our suggestions about how to make your story and characters make it to the pages of Grande Dame Literary or any other magazine. 

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WHAT'S NEW IN 2023?

  • BOOK PILE PROMOTION - SEE INFORMATION ABOUT SUBMITTING BELOW
  • WE ARE ENCOURAGING ALL WRITERS TO GET CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK FROM US, FELLOW WRITERS, CRITIQUE GROUPS, WORKSHOPS, OR OTHER PAID SERVICES BEFORE HITTING THE SUBMIT BUTTON
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SUBMISSION PERIOD: 

Year-round other than noted dates. Closed 12/15/22 to 1/31/23 for Short Stories, Memoir and Poetry. Editing Services are always available. 

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED

ACCEPTED MEANS YOU WILL GET NOTIFIED AS TO WHICH ISSUE YOUR WORK WILL APPEAR IN

DECLINED YOU MAY OPT FOR FEEDBACK AS TO WHY YOUR WORK WAS DECLINED AND YOU MAY RESUBMIT AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE

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

ACCEPTED GENRES:

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

FICTION GUIDELINES:

  • 1500-3000 WORDS


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.

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

DEEP FEED FEEDBACK: $20

  • DEEP FEED FEEDBACK - 
  • A ONE PAGE OVERVIEW OF YOUR SHORT STORY OR MEMOIR WITH SPECIFIED EXAMPLES OF HOW TO TWEAK IT FOR SUBMISSION

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


DEVELOPMENTAL EDIT: $125

  • 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. A FEW EXAMPLES OF LINE EDITING ARE PROVIDED IN ADDITION TO THE DEVELOPMENTAL REVIEW.


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