Lady/Liberty/Lit 10

About

In 1986, when I was eighteen, my essay on the liberty of the human spirit and imagination was chosen to be included in the Centennial time capsule of the Statue of Liberty. During the official celebration on Liberty Island, I was designated a “Steward of Liberty for the next hundred years.” I stood below the big toe of the Statue and wondered how a person could live up to a title like that. I pictured myself dressed in a catering tuxedo, handing out pieces of liberty like hors d’ouerves on a silver platter, saying “Hello, I’ll be your steward of liberty this evening!” I wondered what liberty would taste like—a spinach puff pastry? A chunk of brie? I couldn’t begin to process the enormity of the title that had just been bestowed upon me. Now, all these years later, I find myself taking that title very seriously. Our liberties feel at risk in a way they never have before. I have started Lady/Liberty/Lit as part of my stewardship, a forum for women-identifying and gender-non-conforming writers, a forum where we can be heard loudly, clearly, writing about freedom of voice and body. A freedom we will not relinquish to any regime. I think of the lines from Emma Lazarus' poem, "The New Colossus": "A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame/Is the imprisoned lightning." Here you will find women wielding pens like torches, full of lightning. Women all lit up.

Important: Limited Demographic: Submissions are restricted to those who are women-identifying or gender-non-conforming.

Country of Publication

United States

Audience

Open to a broad Audience, including: Females, Specific gender identity.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.

Fiction Open

Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Sexuality/Gender (LGBTQ issues, Women/Female issues, See guidelines), Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 1,200 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK UnknownText format submissions
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Nonfiction Open

Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Sexuality/Gender (LGBTQ issues, Women/Female issues, See guidelines), Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Interview InterviewNo specific word count limits known.
Essay EssayUp to 1,200 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 1,200 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK UnknownText format submissions
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Poetry Open

Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Sexuality/Gender (LGBTQ issues, Women/Female issues, See guidelines), Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK UnknownText format submissions
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Dates

Last Updated: 01 Jul 2020
Last Checked: 17 Jun 2020 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 18 May 2020 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 17 May 2019

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