Write for Literary Ladies Guide

The goal of Literary Ladies’ Guide is to be the most comprehensive site about classic women authors (mainly in the English language, or who have been translated into English).

The authors listed must be deceased, since our mission is to focus on our literary foremothers. Fortunately, there are many more women writing today than there were even in the recent past, and to have entries on living writers would be overwhelming.

To help us complete our goal, if you’d like to write a main entry on any of the authors listed below, please let us know by reaching out via our contact form.


Guest posting on Literary Ladies Guide: writer’s guidelines

Biographies should follow this example format: https://www.literaryladiesguide.com/author-biography/du-maurier-daphne/ and another good example is: https://www.literaryladiesguide.com/author-biography/audre-lorde/

Please contact us first, though, to make sure no one else has claimed the author you may be interested in writing about. Submissions should be in the form of a word doc, and we will edit and post on our end. If you have a site or blog, we’d of course be glad to link to it, and include your brief bio.

There’s no upward word limit, but posts should be at least 700 words.

We’re also looking for posts on feminism and feminist topics as they relate to women’s classic literature and the authors on this site.

Finally, we’re open to other contributions as they pertain to authors already on the site; see the slider at the top of The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life — posts should be more on the side of informative and/or entertaining, though we do welcome literary analyses that are more academic.

Opinion pieces and book reviews are welcome, too, as long as they pertain in some way to classic women authors.

Before you delve into the author wish list following, here’s a short list of topics we’d love to see on the site:

  • Great memoirs and autobiographies of classic women writers 
  • We are committed to in-depth coverage of classic African-American and Latina authors, so any pertinent content is welcome
  • Influential one-book authors (Margaret Mitchell, Harper Lee, Anna Sewell, etc.)
  • Literary friendships: Willa Cather & Sarah Orne Jewett; Sylvia Plath & Anne Sexton
  • Authors who wrote classics before age 25 (Mary Shelley, Carson McCullers, Miles Franklin, Colette, François Sagan, etc.)
  • Under-appreciated literary heroines for girls (Mary of The Secret Garden; Harriet the Spy; Meg Murray of A Wrinkle in Time, Emily of New Moon; etc.)
  • Jane Austen Fan Fiction
  • Literary love affairs and marriages  (as separate posts; then they’d be part of a round-up): Gellhorn and Hemingway; Anaïs Nin, Henry and June Miller; Katherine Mansfield and John Murray, etc.)
  • Dorothy Parker’s Civil Rights activism and how she funded the NAACP
  • How Margaret Mitchell secretly funded the education of black medical students
  • Classic books that are good for book groups
  • Discussion guides for classic novels by women
  • Women and depression in literature (The Bell Jar, Yellow Wallpaper, etc.)
  • Classic novels by women authors to read aloud with your children
  • Classic novels for middle grade readers

… and really, anything of interest to you that relates to classic women authors —pitch me!

Atherton, Gertrude

Bogan, Louise

Breithaupt, Marguerite

Brophy, Brigid

Cavendish, Margaret

Chang, Eileen

Compton-Burnett, Ivy

Crafts, Hannah

Davenport, Marcia

Davis, Rebecca Harding

Delafield, E.M.

Delaney, Clarrisa Scott

Dickens, Monica

Duras, Marguerite

Eberhardt, Isabelle

Edgeworth, Maria

Evans, Augusta Jane

Ferne, Fannie

Field, Rachel (All This and Heaven, Too)

Fink, Ida

Fitzgerald, Penelope

Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins

French, Marilyn

Fuller, Margaret

Gale, Zona

George, Jean Craighead

Gibbons, Stella (Cold Comfort Farm)

Glasgow, Ellen

Gómez de Avellaneda, Gertrudis

Haywood, Eliza

Head, Bessie

Henry, Margerite

Holley, Marietta

Holtby, Winifred (South Riding)

Hopkins, Pauline (Of One Blood)

Howard, Elizabeth Jane

Howe, Julia Ward

Jackson, Helen Hunt

James, P.D.

Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer

Johnston, Mary

Kerr, Jean

King, Grace

Kingston, Maxine Hong

Kollontai, Alexandra 

Konigsberg, E.L.

Kumin, Maxine

Landon, Margaret (Anna and the King of Siam)

Lennox, Charlotte

Lispector, Clarice

Luce, Claire Boothe

Margolin, Anna

Marshall, Paule

Mead, Margaret

Miller, May

Mitford, Nancy 

Mowatt, Anna Cora

Murry, Judith Sargent

Newsome, Effie Lee 

O’Brien, Kate

Peterkin, Julia Mood

Pizan, Christine de

Popel, Esther

Radcliffe, Ann

Richmond, Grace S.

Richardson, Dorothy

Richardson, Henry Handel (Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson)

Rinehart, Mary Roberts

Rowlandson, Mary

Rukeyser, Muriel

Russ, Joanna

Sachs, Nelly


Schreiner, Olive

Sedgwick, Catharine Maria

Sidney, Margaret

Sinclair, May 

Sitwell, Edith

Smith, Lillian

Sontag, Susan

Southworth, E.D.E.N.

Spark, Muriel

Stoddard, Elizabeth Drew

Struther, Jan (Mrs. Miniver)

Taylor, Elizabeth – claimed

Terhune, Mary Virginia Hawes

Thompson, Flora (Lark Rise to Candleford)

Undset, Sigrid – claimed

Ury, Else

Warner, Gertrude Chandler (Boxcar Children)

Warren, Mercy Otis

Webster, Jean (Daddy Long Legs)

Weldy, Ann

Whipple, Dorothy

White, Antonia

Williams, Margery (Velveteen Rabbit)

Wilson, Harriet

Wittig, Monique

Woolson, Constance Fenimore

Wylie, Eleanor

Yourcenaur, Marguerite

11 Responses to “Write for Literary Ladies Guide”

  1. How about more classic mystery writers? I’m thinking Dorothy Sayers and Josephine Tey. Also a more recent mystery author, Barbara Seranella (1956–2007). I would be interested in writing entries about one or more of these authors. Thanks so much!

    • Hello Dorothy — thank you for your offer! I’d be interested in Dorothy Sayers and/or Josephine Tey — If I had to choose one, it would be your namesake. I’m surprised she’s not on this wish list already. Let me know if you need any other guidelines other than what’s at the top of this page.

    • Oh yes, how could I have forgotten; I even have one of her books. I will add her now. Might you be interested in writing the entry?

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