Salomé is an online literary magazine for emerging female writers. Salomé is a folkloric figure who was regarded as powerful in her seductiveness; the archetypal sexualised predatory woman.
At Salomé, it is our words and strength of the all-female collective that gives us our power.
We are a community of tough female writers. We write as women, for women, with tenacity and bravery. We invite all women to contribute.
We know Salomé. She looks over all of the writing that we receive and publish. She does not discriminate. She accepts writing from everyone, of any age, race, sexuality, skin colour, disability and belief system. She looks on all writing with love and compassion, particularly encouraging new writers who are just finding their feet to come to her.
We came together from a group of women who started writing and sharing our work through the Write Like a Grrrl programme. The community exists online too, women coming together to share their words and stories.
Feeling disillusioned with how difficult it was to get work published (online or in print) as new writers, in 2017 some of the members decided to create their own platform for amateur female writers of fiction and non-fiction. And so Salomé was born, like all good things, by a group of pissed off women.*
Women's writing has been consistently written out of the history books; we're giving it a platform with the intention that it be written back in.
* At one point, Salomé must have got quite pissed off with John the Baptist; legend has it that she ordered that his head be severed from his body and brought to her on a plate. And so it was.
We pay our writers, don't cha know. But if you want to read how we feel about paying writers - from the days when we were unable to do so (well, just for one issue, to be honest) - then read on...
We wish we could pay our contributors - and we will.
Dear Salomé Community,
Salomé was launched in the second week of February 2017 and has been running to keep up ever since. We launched before we expected to, due to demand from writers, and so Salomé was born; responding to female voices.
I understand the value of paying writers and artists. I am a writer myself and appreciate the opportunity to be paid when possible. We know that it shouldn’t be an option, but absolutely compulsory. Writers and artists work is of immense value in so many ways. You wouldn’t expect an admin worker to rock up to the office, spend 9-5 there and then not receive a salary at the end of the month. Nor do I expect our writers or artists to work for free.
I am working on two ideas to raise the funds to pay all of our writers and artist.
One option is a revenue model for Salomé, where readers would pay a small amount to read their work (~£6/month). We don't plan on charging writers for submissions.
The second option is a funding model. I will be approaching publishing houses and companies who either want to expand their pool of writers and readers, or who who want to help a good cause and see more amateur female writers getting the exposure they deserve - gwan, sisters!
In either case, I would hope to raise substantial and ongoing funds to be able to pay all of our contributors. The aim is to achieve this by the summer.
This is not a business. I do not take a salary and nor does my team of volunteers. Money would go to the people who make Salomé what it is by giving their work so generously.
Once the money comes in, not only will I pay all future contributors, but we I pay all artists and writers and graphic designers who have contributed since before Day 1 of Salomé’s short little life so far. This way, no one goes unpaid. No one’s work is undervalued. No one has their time, intellect or talent taken for granted.
I hope this answers any questions that you may have around our approach for the future at Salomé. I welcome any constructive conversation around this - so do get in touch. Hopefully from this, everyone can see that our intentions are only good.