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 exist for women writers who have vibrant voices. Our mission is to give women 'of a certain age' (self-defined) a platform where their work is considered on the merit of the writing and the vibrancy of voice. The blog is committed to maintaining an environment that is about the writer, not the journal. Writers can choose if they would like a litte feedback on a decline. And they are encouraged to submit the same story after changes are made. They are permitted to resubmit three times. Third time's a charm, sometimes. WOMEN WRITERS VIBRANT VOICES is out motto. And don't let the age thing throw you, we have wonderful women writers of all ages whose work we have posted.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Kate Becker
Contact Title
essays, fiction, nonfiction
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. SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS are accepted. Please withdraw your piece if you choose to go elsewhere. WE NOTIFY WITHIN 90 DAYS OF SUBMITTING 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
Year round
Reporting Time
3 - 3 months
Author Payments
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Number Of Issues Per Year
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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 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?
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. 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?
Make sure someone other than you has read your work. As writer's we miss our own mistakes. And as editors, know when a piece is raw. Work with a writer's group or critique group. Flat characters and storylines have no get up and go.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We politely tell writer's why work is declined. Most are appreciative. One author loved our decline note so much, she wrote back thanking us for the most charming decline she had ever received. It's now a testimonial on our blog.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Anyone who can get lost in someone else's words.