Salomé's 10 Recommendations For Paid Submissions

Here at Salome we understand how difficult it can be to find writing opportunities. So we thought we’d compile a collection for you. Oh, and they’re paid, because we understand the hard work that goes into creating something beautiful.

1.     BUST:

It’s the “original women’s lifestyle magazine and website that is unique in its ability to connect with bright, cutting-edge, influential young women.” They have topics such as broadcast, travel, fashion, reviews and all sorts.

Submit to them here.



This publication draws heavily from unsolicited submissions. The editors claim to believe in providing a platform for emerging writers. They publish personal essays, memoirs, narratives and much more.

Submit to them here.



This publication focuses on ordinary people with extraordinary stories. They have a network of over 2000 talented storytellers. Become one of them here. They accept writing, short documentary films, photo essays, audio stories and comics journalism.



They provide a platform for voices that have been marginalized by the mainstream media. They publish originally reported features, interviews, long-form journalism, personal essays, and multimedia of all shapes, sizes, and creeds.

Pitch them here.



We know a lot of you are poets. And they’re holding a poetry competition; the top prize is £5000. Deadline is 31st October 2017.

Apply here.


6.     BUSTLE

They’re a publication written by women for women. Find more information on how to pitch them here.



They publish nonfiction written by women and ask that you read some of their work so that you can get a feel for what they publish.  Their stories run typically from 3000 to 6000 words, though they are open to longer work.

Submit to them here.


8.     MSLEXIA

They want to see your previously unpublished submissions, with 14 opportunities for female writers to submit to, different topics.

Submit here.


9.     VOX

They have a section dedicated to narrative stories. For more information, look here.



This magazine publishes two personal essays every month on topics relating to women and women’s interests. The word count is 800 – 1100. They have all their monthly themes for the year on the site, so you can submit to whichever takes your fancy. For more information, click here.


And because #SalomeLovesYou we’ve got something else for you.

Pexel has free stock photos to use; they’ve got a great selection that could be great for your articles.

And here’s an open letter to women writers, take it as motivation of some sorts. Keep going you fearless writers.



About Umairah

Umairah is a writer, student (studying history, English literature and religious studies), mental health activist and drinks too much tea. She believes in the power of compassion and kindness. She also volunteers with Salomé as a social media superstar. 



Stuff his story. This is about her story.

By Umairah Malik, a member of the Salomé collective.

“Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it. If people give you a hard time and tell you to get your nose out of a book, tell them you're working. Tell them it's research. Tell them to pipe down and leave you alone.”
—Jennifer Weiner


This is what it’s about.

We live in a world dominated by technology, going about our lives until we stumble across something, perhaps by accident, perhaps not, and it changes the way you look at this lonely planet of ours.

Put your all into it. Put every ounce of feeling you have into it.

Sometimes you have to wait for inspiration to strike. And that’s okay.

There’s a certain stigma that comes with wanting to be writer, that it’s not a proper job. (Then again, let’s be honest, there’s stigma surrounding many things that a a female does ). I still get people telling me I should have pursued the sciences, that I shouldn’t throw away that potential. (Can we be real, I’ll make my own future thank you).

Don’t give up.

Write the things you wish someone had told you, write about the time the person behind you on the bus smiled at you, write about the dog next door, write about you, write about anything and everything, write about your life and write whatever you want to. But whatever you do, make sure you believe you can do it.

Feel it within and harness it.

Don’t try to write like everyone else. Write like you. You have a voice and you have the words.

Put them together and you will have something truly beautiful.

Don’t give up. Never give up.

Writing is hard. It’s easy to not try. It’s easy to say you’re not going to try because you’ll supposedly inevitably fail. Hail the rejection you receive, it is evidence that you are trying.

It’s not about writing something fantastic straight away. It’s about working on it. It’s about dedication.

So what are you waiting for? Put those thoughts and feelings into words and unleash your creativity.

There are things that need to be written. There are things that you must dig deep in order to find. It is a search without a search party, a plan without a certain goal.

And that’s how you know it’s important. When you can’t find the words to describe it but the feeling itself is immensely intense. You start from there, because it is an attempt at organising the chaos that runs riot in your brain. It is an escape.

Sat here, in my corner of the aforementioned lonely planet, I believe that you can fight the odds that are but an illusion trying to hold you back. I believe that you can create something beautiful. I believe in you.

To the people who tell you writing isn’t a real job, prove them wrong; show them that they’re wrong.

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. This is what the Salome community is all about.

Stuff his story. This is about her story.

Your story.



About Umairah

Umairah is a writer, student (studying history, English literature and religious studies), mental health activist and drinks too much tea. She believes in the power of compassion and kindness. She also volunteers with Salomé as a social media superstar. 


Fiction Writing, Gender and Some of My Favourite Females

By Jenny Fallover, Salomé Steering Committee Member

When I was growing up I was quite the book worm and devoured anything I could from the local library that sparked my imagination. At the time I wasn't aware or interested in the gender of the authors but they were likely to be predominately male.

As I got older and hit my teens I became more drawn towards female authors or, at least, male authors whose female characters were strong. I realised that some of my favourite 'male' authors were actually women who used male pseudonyms in order to get published.  Below are some examples of women that had to, or chose to, use a male or androgynous pseudonym.


The Bronte Sisters

One of my favourite novels as an angsty teen was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, who went under the pseudonym of Ellis Bell. I also loved Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, whose pen name was Currer Bell. Another one of my favourites was The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, whose pseudonym was Acton Bell.


Mary Ann Evans

Quite a popular book on school syllabuses is Mill on the Floss. Who is this George Elliot dude? I thought, only to discover it was indeed Mary Ann Evans.


Louisa May Alcott

Known for her novel Little Women Alcott originally published as A M Barnard.


Pamela Lyndon Travers

Born Helen Lyndon Goff she wrote the Mary Poppins books under her initials P L Travers.

Nellie Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird was published under her middle name as it was deemed more androgynous than her first name. This quote has always stayed with me:

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.


Erika Mitchell

I had to include E L James as the Fifty Shades series are very successful (though that is not a measure of the quality by any means).


Marguerite Radcliffe Hall

The Well of Loneliness was published under her middle name Radcliffe Hall and is one of the earliest novels about overt lesbianism and androgyny that I know of. When first published in 1928 it became the subject of an obscenity trial and was ordered to be destroyed.

Joanne Rowling

Rowling was advised to publish the Harry Potter novels under her initials as they thought boys/males wouldn’t read them otherwise. She also used the pen name Robert Galbraith.

It shocks me that even today female writers are having to hide behind androgyny or male pseudonyms in order to get published or read. So moving on from that I wanted to list some female authors that didn’t always do this, were successful and had a significant impact on me.

Fay Weldon 1931 – to present day - The Lives and Loves of a She Devil

I read this as a teenager and I think Weldon has probably had the biggest influence on my personal writing style. The novel is feminist, cynical and dystopian and highlights the challenges that we can face as women, especially those that don’t fit into a particular stereotype.  The story revolves around the unattractive protagonist Ruth who seeks to reinvent herself after she discovers her husband is having an affair. Though largely a tale of envy and revenge it highlighted to me the ridiculous obsession we have in society on appearance and how that affects those that don’t fit into desirable stereotypes. Here are some writing tips from Weldon.


Jeanette Winterson - 1959 to present day – The Passion

Winterson is perhaps best known for Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit but I loved The Passion as it took me to a fantastical world set during the Napoleonic wars and has more than one protagonist telling their story. Her writing seemed almost ethereal and was a great escape from the monotony of a daily commute.  This article shows her 10 rules of writing.


Emily Bronte 1818 – 1848  – Wuthering Heights

I first read this as a teenager and the moody moors introduced me to the writing technique pathetic fallacy where nature mirrors the emotions of the protagonist.


Sarah Waters 1966 to present day – Fingersmith

This novel had all the aspects of a great Dickins story but with the twist that the two main characters are women from different backgrounds that form a close but duplicitous relationship.  This article by Waters give some good tips on writing that I find useful.


Harper Lee – 1926 – 2016 - To Kill a Mockingbird

I think this was the first book that I read that really highlighted the consequences of racism.  I loved the way it was predominantly written through a child’s eye.


Patricia Highsmith 1921 - 1995The Price of Salt

Highsmith, also author of the Ripley series, published this novel (now known as Carol) in 1952 that tells the story of a married woman who falls for a shop girl. I liked being transported back into that era and the angst of having to conform to society and hide your true self or face the consequences.  Highsmith also published a book on how to write suspense fiction.


Alice Walker 1944 to present day – The Color Purple

This novel was written the epistolary style and was about the lives of African-American women in 1930’s America. The writing is a very frank and explicit message on equality. Here is an interview with Walker giving writing advice.


Jean Rhys 1890 - 1979 – Wide Sargasso Sea

This novel tells the story of the mad woman in an attic in Jane Eyre. Again this novel is feminist in tone and deals with race. 


Stella Duffy 1963 – present day – Singling Out the Couples

Singling Out the Couples is best described as modern fairy tale set in London where a princess without a heart delights in breaking up couples until she starts to fall for someone and grows a heart herself.  In this article Duffy gives some writing tips.


Daphne Du Maurier 1997 1989 – Rebecca

Rebecca is a gripping novel written in the gothic style that was turned into an equally gripping Hitchcock movie. This article details Du Maurier’s writing habits.

If you have any female authors that had a lasting impact on you it would be great to hear about them.


About Jenny

Jenny has over 20 years’ experience in technology and currently works as a programme manager in the charity sector. She is also the London City Director for Lesbians Who Tech, an author at Gay Star News, an expert for Apps for Good and mentor for Coder Dojo. More recently she joined the steering committee for the new magazine for emerging female writers, Salome. Jenny was featured in the Brummel Top 30 Ones to Watch List in 2016 and was awarded LGBT Role Model of the Year in Jan 2017 by Stonewall. She has always had a passion for literature and completed a BA Hons in Humanities with Creative Writing. 





What now? Get it published.

by Jacquelyn Guderley, Salomé Founder. 

So what am I supposed to do with this? I asked.
Get it published, she said. 

I'm part of the Write Like A Grrrl (WLAG) community. I can't tell you how wonderful and supportive this community is. I thought I was just joining a writing course back in November 2015, but it turned out to be so much more. 

The teacher of the course, Kerry Ryan, is a force to behold. Strong Scottish accent, hair that shifts from dark brown to light blonde, I have learnt more from her about writing - and about myself - than I ever hoped to. 

To finish the WLAG course, Kerry and I were going through the piece of fiction I'd written during the six weeks. I'd never written fiction before, always thought I'd lacked the imagination for it (at primary school, when asked to write a fiction story, I was so bereft of ideas of my own that I had to copy the last book I'd read) - in fact I still sort of think I lack the imagination for it most of the time. But anyway. In the end, I settled on a dystopian science fiction piece. I'm not sure how. I don't read science fiction. In fact, I used to laugh at the absolute dross that my Dad used to read on holiday about aliens and alternative worlds. Though I always had a penchant for Disc World. A world balanced on the back of four elephants who stood on a massive turtle? Pure genius! 

We had come to the end of our session, Kerry admirably battling her way through me impressive - though lessening as the session progressed - trademark Jacs stubbornness TM. "Jacs, why do you always argue with me? You're paying me because I know my shit". 
A timely reminder.

So then I asked "ok, so what am I supposed to do with the start to this weird dystopian science fiction piece I've started? 
"Get it published, of course".
Oh how I laughed. Laughed right at Kerry, bless the poor woman, after everything she'd been through with me that session. 
"This piece of shit?" I near on bellowed. 
"It's not shit. Get it published". 

By the time I was walking back to Kings Cross St. Pancras, I was smiling. I believed that maybe I could try and get it published. That I was a writer after all. That my writing was good. Better than good. Good enough for a publisher. 

I've read back on my dystopian fiction. It's shit. The characters are underdeveloped, it meanders painfully and my goodness does it state the bleeding obvious. 

But no matter. That day I felt like a writer and one that was worth her salt. I believed in the piece I'd written and most importantly I believed in me. Just through the power of a few carefully timed words by Kerry. It didn't matter that the piece would never get published, at least not in the state it was in. 

Kerry gave me the self-belief I needed. She has continued to give me that special gift, particularly when I haven't been able to find it in myself, ever since. On days when I was losing all faith in my blog (this was my main output for my writing and what got me into writing regularly), she popped her head up and said something to the effect of "if you don't write this blog, you'll have me to answer to". A scary proposition. I mentioned she's Scottish, right? (Love all you Scots out there really). What's more, she's told me I'm a great writer. And remember, she knows her shit. 

The thing is, we don't all have a Kerry. We don't all have someone who so effortlessly makes us believe in ourselves. We don't have someone who can armour us when taking on that patriarchal institution that is the publishing industry. Kerry has given me and so many other WLAGs the technical writing skills and the confidence to go out there, clutching our words to our chests as though they were babies, tentatively stepping into the sight of publishers and gradually holding our babies out for them to see. 

So, we don't all have a Kerry. And most of us don't know, as emerging female writer, who will accept our work. So who will make sure the women out there, particularly those who have never been published before, are getting published? That they have the power with themselves to say "actually, I am a good writer, and I will get this baby published".

Salomé will. I will. 

I and my readers will pour over your words and find the most beautiful and powerful of writing to publish. We will gush over your sentences, paragraphs, lines and stanzas as we feedback to each other during the decision session. And for those of you who need a little bit more refining of your work before it makes it in, we will send a whole page of thoughts on what was strong, what could do with some improvement and advice for the future. There really is nothing to lose, only to gain, from submitting to Salomé.

It's what makes us different, it's what makes us great. 

Whoever you are, whatever you write, remember that #SalomeLovesYou. She is here, arms open, to not just tell you that your work is good enough to be published, but to show you. Because she'll publish it herself. 

Submit a piece and see for yourself - step inside Salomé's world. 

About Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn Guderley is the Founder of Salomé, this magazine you see before you. She's an ardent social entrepreneur, this being her second business (she cofounded Stemettes, an award-winning social enterprise, inspiring girls into STEM careers). In her spare time she likes to keep as busy as a beaver i.e. very busy. 

@jacsgud /

A multitude of voices

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the lens that we in Western society have become accustomed to having the world explained through; the male gaze, the male gaze, the male gaze. It has been written about many times before, for sure, but it feels now like a wind is rising, that the boxes all the other voices have been in, clamouring at the lid to be heard, have been blown from their crammed shelf, and we are exploding on screen, in ears, on the page.

I was speaking with a friend about Andrea Arnold’s recent mesmerising film, ‘American Honey’, close cropped into the face of it’s young female protagonist, the audience travels alongside her and a high spirited group of teenagers as they drive across America selling magazines. It is a story of encounters, of finding your place in the world, discovering your power, and working out how to survive without an anchor in place. It is beautiful, and sensory, and confusing. My friend didn’t get

it, didn’t understand the film, said it was about putting a girl in a variety of situations in which you were just waiting for her to be sexually assaulted. We speak about representation in narratives all the time, the importance of not have a single story to relate to. My friend is a white male in his 40s, and I understand why that was his reading of the film, but I vehemently disagree with it.

In film and in literature, the oft repeated narrative for women, written again and again by testosterone filled fingers, is one of suffering, of bodily use, and of being voiceless. The mute cadaver of a women offered as a plot device to yet another drama, the girl inevitably punished in some way for no other crime then her natural sexual appetite, the ‘strong female character’ brought down to size at some point through degradation from her male peers. In a world where the second act for a women who is aware of her sexual power, is often to encounter something terrible, what other narrative could my friend have expected to play out?

Whilst watching ‘American Honey’, I was sucked into this same trap too. I can remember actively forcing myself to relax, reminding myself that Arnold does not make films to simply shock, or tell stories that follow the established pattern. She simply represents people on screen, with their beauty and foibles tangled together, just as in life.

And this, this is why it’s so important for there to be a multitude of voices, fingers of every colour, creed, orientation and background tapping out their stories, exposing different experiences of the world other than white and male, and that these are valid, and true, and glorious, and necessary. Just look at the recent box office success of films like Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Get Out - we are hungry and waiting. Stories are powerful, they can be consumed in the private spaces of ones home, secretly devoured on phones or laptops, hidden under beds and in drawers, delivering their power, and the promise of another way. They can lay golden in the minds of the lonely, folding their wisdom into a growing being, whispering their mantra, ‘you are seen’.

I hope Salomé’s spirit ruffles down the centuries to blow gently on the sparks of this awakening, creating warmth to nurture your words, and light to illuminate them, until they glow fierce.


Emma Crouch | @isayRAAR |

Emma Crouch is a storyteller using film and writing. With a natural curiosity to explore the world around her, she can be found helping others stretch their narrative out into the world, or playing with words to help make sense of the subtleties of life. A proud graduate of Write Like A Grrrl, and on the steering committee of Salomé, she recently launched Métier, a film and podcast series celebrating women and their work.