Grande Dame Literary Journal

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
The Grande Dame Literary Journal is a fledgling blog-style journal for well-written short stories (fiction/memoirs) and short memoir essays written by 'women of a certain age' (self-defined). GDLJ is committed to maintaining an environment that is about the writer, not the journal. Vibrant voices needed a place to be heard, and out of the ashes of rejection arose the Grande Dame Literary Journal. Acceptance is based on adherence to the GDLJ guidelines and well-written material. Writers should not be left in an abyss of rejection. The goal is to help writers get material to a point where the author and the journal converge. A reason for rejection will always be given, changes may be made, and pieces resubmitted once. And what makes us different, is that we provide a light edit if we feel your story or memoir is in line with the GDLJ Guidelines. We do not decline work over a few typos, grammatical errors, or verb adjustments, instead, we do an editorial tweak and put the story in the queue. See our GUIDELINES for more details about our tiered Acceptance/Decline policy.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Kate Becker
Contact Title
essays, fiction, nonfiction
Submissions Policy
Writers may submit up to one piece of work in each category (short stories or short memoir) at a time. There is no charge to submit. Word count accepted is between 2000-5000 for short stories and 750-3000 for memoir. If a piece is accepted, it goes in the post queue. If a piece is rejected, the reason is outlined in a few sentences. The writer is offered a chance to address the issue(s), and resubmit. Encouraging writers to write well and publish is why GDLJ exits. Everyone deserves to know why a piece was rejected, and be given a second chance. See our tiered Acceptance/Decline Policy on the GDLJ Guidelines page.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
2 - 3 months
Author Payments
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Number Of Issues Per Year
Average Page Views Per Month
Average Unique Visitors Per Month
Publish Print Anthology?
Kate Backer
Editor, Writer
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
Through a career focused on writing and editing. Strong belief in encouraging writers to reach their potential. Too many good writers are dismissed before they get a chance.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Editors evaluate material. Accept and post, or reject and offer suggestions to better the writing and the chance to resubmit.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Make sure your work relates to the recipient's interests, and that it is clearly stated. Be short and to the point. Tell the recipient only what they need to know. Nix verbosity.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Each piece is read for clarity of thought, fruition of storyline, and character arc. Grammar and typos are addressed. Minor ones are fixed; extensive ones revert to the author. Rejection is explained. Encourage revised and resubmitted work.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
A well-written, clearly thought out story that is written in a vibrant voice. Highly polished pieces that adhere to the GDLJ guidelines. Anything laced with food. Food. And Food. Food drizzled with humor raises a piece to platinum status.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Use a writing/grammar program to find tyP0es. Take other corrections with a grain of salt and be judicious to keep a vibrant voice. Use adverbs sparsely. Limited passive voice is okay for writing enhancement. Read. Revise. Repeat. Polish. Submit.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
Writers are human. Everyone makes a typo, grammatical error, or verb transgression. GDLJ does not penalize on those grounds. Work should be checked ahead of time, but for a few minor changes, we provide an editorial tweak.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
A person who lets the world melt away, is intertwined with the story, and forgets where they are. Hot cups of tea, coffee, or chocolate sipped during the read adds to the allure of the ideal reader.