Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
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damselfly press seeks to promote exceptional writing by women whose voices have not yet been heard. We welcome work from female writers of all backgrounds and experiences. We accept fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that is honest and daring, and explores the relationship between dualities. Joy, pain. Boldness, vulnerability. Sacred, profane. Be passionate about your writing, and explore the truth that lies within. There is truth even in fiction; make us believe what you have to say.

We read year round.
Please send online submissions only with the genre in the header of the e-mail.

Submissions must be in a Microsoft® Word document or .RTF attachment.
Please include writer’s contact information on a separate cover page.

We are unable to provide compensation to writers for accepted submissions at this time.

If a writer’s work initially appears in damselfly press and is later published elsewhere, we request an acknowledgement.

Fiction- Send 9-10 pages of fiction not to exceed 2,500 words max. Submitters may send up to two fictional stories per submission to the fiction editor.
Poetry- Send 1-3 poems per submission to the poetry editor.
Nonfiction- Send 3-10 pages of nonfiction not to exceed 2,500 words max. Submitters may send up to two nonfiction submissions such as memoir or personal essays to the nonfiction editor.

Writers must include bios not to exceed 50 words.
We do not accept previously published work.
For writers whose work has been accepted by our journal, please refrain from re-submitting up to a year after publication.


Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.


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