Guidelines / Submit

  • PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED.
     

  • KEEP TITLES UNDER FIVE WORDS.
     

  • MAKE YOUR FIRST SENTENCE A STRONG ONE. IT'S ALL THAT SHOWS ON THE FRONT PAGE POST.
     

  • WE NOTIFY WITHIN 90 DAYS OF SUBMISSION.
     

  • 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, and 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.
     

  • FORMATTING

    • 12PT Times New Roman, 1" Margins, Double-spaced.

    • 100 word bio at bottom of story (you may include links as URLs to author's website or social media. No handles please).
       

We do not accept material that is discriminatory or promotes division. 

Graphic depiction of abuse or abusers will not be accepted. Period.

PROOF POSITIVE.

Do you know the most common reason that journals decline good stories?

Yup, too many errors.

Proofreading your submission increases acceptance rates.

 

GDLJ will decline pieces if there are more errors than our editorial tweak covers.

 

Word processing programs catch spelling and grammar errors.

Writing aids catch spelling, grammar problems, passive voice, adverbial overuse, and a host of other writing issues.

 

ProWritingAid is the one we use and recommend.
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