Back in October 2017, we welcomed two writers and friends to Chawton House to give an evening talk about their co-authored book, A Secret Sisterhood. The very engaging talk by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney fascinated the audience, who learned about the literary friendship of Jane Austen and Anne Sharp. Emily and Emma shared with us their experiences of their own literary friendship, and also gave us glimpses into the female friendships that shaped the work of literary giants such as Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf.
We were delighted to hear from Emily and Emma last month when the paperback of their book was released. Both women are now moving on to other exciting projects, but they are looking for contributors and an editorial volunteer for their ongoing popular blog, Something Rhymed, which celebrates female literary friendships, and provides a wonderful resource on once-neglected relationships between women. Featured authors include Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers; Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison; and Margaret Mason and Mary Shelley. But there are surely many more lost literary friendships in the pages of the books held here at Chawton House, and our reading room is open to budding researchers.
If you would like to write for the blog, a call for submissions is now open and copied below:
Open call for submissions
Would you like to write for Something Rhymed? If so, please send a short pitch via our Contact Us page, letting us know who you are and what you would like to write about.
In the past, articles on Something Rhymed have included:
- Posts that profile the friendship of a well-known or unjustly forgotten, usually historical, female literary pair – 500 to 800 words. (For examples of former profile posts, please click on the links on this page and scroll down to the earliest post listed under each link.)
- Posts that deal more generally with the theme of female literary friendship – 500 to 800 words. (See this, this and this example but we’d also be open to all sorts of new approaches.)
- ‘Guest posts’ that profile a writer’s own literary friendship – 500 to 650 words. (For examples of former guest posts, please click on the links on this page.)
Please note that if you would like to send us a pitch for a guest post, we ask that you do this as part of a pitch for two articles – one of which should not be about your own literary friendship.
We are open to other ideas too, as long as they fall within the general theme of female literary friendship.
For information about the editorial volunteer call, please visit: https://somethingrhymed.com/2018/03/01/a-new-paperback-and-a-new-direction-for-something-rhymed/#comments