04 August 2010

Call for Submissions – Girl Found Lost: Written by Honest Women who Need a Voice

Post date: 04 August 2010
Deadline: 1 November 2010
Geographical coverage: international
Reading Fee: none
Accepts (genre): short stories, essays
Prize/Payment: undisclosed
Contact: girlfoundlost@gmail.com

One Illinois author is finally formulating an answer to the infamous question many women ask every day: “Does anybody understand me?”

Drawing from personal experience in life’s misunderstandings, assumptions and gossip, Holly Thomas knows that a woman’s journey can be lonely and hard. She recognizes the difficulty in understanding how a woman feels and the need to be loved and wants to give women a voice and an outlet for self-expression. With Girl Found Lost, Thomas will compile short stories and essays written by women all over the world. Thomas is requesting submissions from women of all ages, races, social classes and religions to express their thoughts on what matters to them.

“Finding yourself becomes addictive during adolescence and through your 20s. I didn’t know who I was searching for, I just knew I didn’t want to be me. While on my journey to finding me, I was actually running in the other direction. I had to fall, bent and broken, to realize who I was, a girl found lost,” Thomas said. “‘Not all who wander are lost,’ I've been told. I still am. I'm asking to hear from other GFLs who might want to share a piece of themselves with the rest of us.”

Submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words and must fall under one of five categories: Memoirs of the Addict, the Brave, the Broken, the Loved and the Lost. The only requirement is a first name (pen names are accepted) and state or country. Submissions should be sent to girlfoundlost@gmail.com.

The constant encouragement for women to be strong and independent is a contradiction when held down with a lifetime of painful experiences and emotional wounds. Thomas hopes Girl Found Lost will boost self-esteem find the voice within the reach of every woman.

To learn more about Thomas’ work, visit http://www.authorhollythomas.com. You can read the Girl Found Lost blog, visit http://girlfoundlost.blogspot.com

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