SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED.
We publish our issues on a case-by-case basis depending on our schedule and submission volume.
Unfortunately we are unable to pay for work, and we only accept previously unpublished work; this includes work published on your personal blog. However, If your work is declined the first time around, you’re welcome to submit more immediately after we notify you, within our reading period, of course.
All material submitted should be based around the theme of empowering women / femme individuals who have experienced various forms of gendered abuse (sexual, emotional, physical, racial, verbal, etc), or other forms of degradation (harassment, catcalling, threats, etc). Submissions based on other themes will be returned unread. You do not have to have experienced these forms of violence personally in order to submit, as long as your work aims to empower women who have. You also do not have to identify as female in order to submit. All identities are welcome: just remember the theme.
You may submit to more than one category!
What we are looking for in your cover letter and bio: A simple greeting, maybe a few cool facts about yourself so we can get to know a bit about you, as well as a brief bio (50 words or fewer) including your name and any other information you think is important for us to know. This can include previous publication history, any prizes you’ve won, your favorite cat names, why feminism is important to you, etc.
We ask for First North American Rights to publish. Following publication, all rights revert back to the writer or artist; we only ask that you grant permission for us to archive your work on our site, consider it for inclusion in possible print issues, and credit us as the place your work first appeared.
To state the obvious: No racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or pornographic work, please. If you submit us work of such material, you will be rejected immediately and not invited to resubmit in the future. Swearing is fine. In addition, we understand that such degrading and abusive experiences that your work will center around may include sexist and racist acts, etc. What we mean by “no racist, sexist, homophobic, or pornographic work” is that you should not submit work in which YOU are purposely endorsing these acts or supporting them.
1. You may submit a maximum of three pieces in each category.
2. Each individual piece must be submitted by itself with a unique title.
3. Please do not submit multiple pieces in one document or submission, or title your submission using “part 1”, “part 2,” etc.
4. Make sure that you submit using the name that you want to be published under.
Submissions that do not follow all of the above guidelines may be returned unread.
Please send questions to email@example.com.
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Sunday Stories is a series of stories from survivors and contributors – to talk about their personal stories of trauma and abuse, and the role that art or writing may have played in their healing. It is about giving a voice to the survivors’ stories and finding strength in the process of sharing and reading them. Sunday Stories is a safe space for survivors to talk about their experiences and seek support and love in the Persephone’s Daughters community.
If you are interested in sharing your story with us, please submit at the link below. You may submit anonymously if you so desire. Persephone’s Daughters will not reveal the identity of any contributor without their permission. Stories will feature on the Persephone’s Daughters website every Sunday.
Please submit your story in a .doc or .docx file. Stories may be of any length. Please let us know whether you would like to remain anonymous or to be published with your real name or a pseudonym. A brief third-person bio and an author photo are perfect, but not necessary.
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The film division of Persephone’s Daughters, Girls Don’t Cry, is officially open for submissions. Completed films of any length are eligible as well as screenplays/scripts of any length that abide by the Persephone’s Daughters mission to empower women who have experienced various forms of abuse and degradation. Screenplay/script submissions must be sent through Submittable using the Submissions button below. Film submissions will be accepted through FilmFreeway, YouTube, and Vimeo primarily.
Rules and Terms: By submitting your film or screenplay/script you have read and agreed to all rules and terms and conditions. If you have any further questions, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Online screeners (films) accepted via FilmFreeway, YouTube, or Vimeo. If YouTube, send us a link to your unlisted video. If Vimeo, send us a link to your private video. All links must have functional passwords; links must be sent to us via email@example.com. If a password or code is changed, please notify us immediately at the aforementioned email address. Screenplays/scripts accepted via Submittable using the fields below.
2. Entries have no completion date criteria. Films from the 90’s are welcome as far as we’re concerned, just as long as you’re the one who created them.
3. There is no premiere requirement for films.
4. Works in progress are accepted.
5. International submissions are welcome and encouraged. International films must either have English as the primary language or must be subtitled.
6. Screenplays/scripts currently are not eligible for print publication and will be exclusive to the online website.
7. The submission window is open indefinitely and submissions are free.
8. If your film is accepted for Official Selection, please email a presskit, including a headshot of the director and main cast and bios of the director and main cast, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The official PD film submission page for FilmFreeway can be found here.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: By entering your film for consideration for the Persephone’s Daughters film division, Girls Don’t Cry, you authorize that your work is cleared for exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. An accepted submission constitutes permission to exhibit your work on our website. Persephone’s Daughters is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for promotional or educational purposes. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Persephone’s Daughters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, and screening. Persephone’s Daughters may opt to withdraw your work from the website at any time for any reason.