Grande Dame Literary Journal

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Grande Dame Literary Journal is a an online journal for well-written short stories and story-style memoir. We support women writers and believe that all women are Grande Dames in their own right. We seek to encourage women to write stories and share their memoirs by tapping their inner Grande Dame. Age is irrelevant. The blog is committed to maintaining an environment that is about the writer, not the journal. Writers can choose to receive feedback, if so desired. Revisions are encouraged and we love it when writers resubmit their stories and memoirs. We give writers three times to hit the mark. Third time's often a charm. WOMEN WRITERS VIBRANT VOICES is our motto.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Kate Becker
Contact Title
fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Submissions Policy
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 Memoir that reads like a story, thus revealing the subject and the writer’s soul. We love stories that bring us into the writer’s moment and focus on the writer/narrator. Pieces that leave us thinking because they end on a solid note make for emotive, poignant reads. POETRY 2 SHORTS AT A TIME SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS are accepted. Please withdraw your piece if you choose to go elsewhere. WE NOTIFY WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 90 DAYS We do not accept material that is discriminatory or promotes division. Graphic depiction of abuse or abusers will not be accepted. Period.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 02 / 01 - 12 / 15
Reporting Time
1 - 3 months
Author Payments
Contests are run at different times through the year.
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Back Issues Available
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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 women 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?
Work is reviewed by a volunteer editorial staff. Our editors are all professionally trained and are writers, members of critique groups and various writing organizations.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Be short and to the point. Tell the recipient only what they need to know. Nix verbosity. But we do not need a cover letter with your submission.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Each piece is read for clarity of thought, fruition of story line, and character arc. GDL offers the opportunity to choose if they would like feedback on a declined piece of work. Work may be revised and resubmitted.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
A well-written, clearly thought out story or story-style memoir, and poems that leave the reader pondering. Work that draws the reader in and writers who know how to make their work engaging.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Whether you are a seasoned writer or a newbie, have someone else, either a professional editor or a critique group, read and critique your work before you submit. Issues can be caught and addressed before you submit. We all love a happy editor.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
One author loved our decline note so much she thanked us for the most charming decline she had ever received. There's a testimonial on our blog.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Someone who loves to read a variety of material, gets immersed in the piece, and is encouraged to perhaps start writing or write more. Encouraging writers is what we are all about.