We are no longer accepting submissions.

The final submissions period closed Monday 20th February.

Over the course of the project, some submissions were directly solicited, many more came from our open submissions process. You can read overviews of the sorts of things we’ve published in our news posts.


What we’re looking for

We are looking for high quality reflections and creative responses to the question: ‘What does it mean to be a dangerous woman?’

Tell us about historical figures famous or forgotten, give us biography or memoir, shine a spotlight on a contemporary issue or event, spin us a fiction that is uncomfortably close to the truth, or cut to the chase with research or analysis as sharp as a scalpel.

We are particularly interested in posts with the potential for provoking discussion, and we highly encourage submissions from under-represented, marginalised or otherwise silenced voices.

Some further clarifications:

  • We are very interested in research-led contributions, though these must be accessible and engaging for a general audience in style, content and tone.
  • All submissions must clearly link to the Dangerous Women Project question (and most often make that link explicit): ‘what does it mean to be a dangerous woman?’
  • If you are in doubt, please get in touch with a short précis of your work.
  • We are open to a variety of forms and media (essay, story, memoir, comic, video, image with accompanying text, etc) though text contributions should be limited to a maximum of 2,000 words.

All submissions will be assessed for suitability and relevance by the Project team based at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, with guidance from a wider Consultation Group from across the University. The Consultation Group membership comprises:

  • Mary Bownes, Professor Emerita of Development Biology and Vice-Principal Community Development
  • Penny Fielding, Grierson Chair of English Literature
  • Suzanne Ewing, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory
  • Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology and Assistant Principal Community Relations
  • Fiona Mackay, Professor of Politics and Dean & Head of School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Inter-Religious Studies and Assistant Principal Religion and Society


How to submit your work

Written submissions
Please use our online form or send your submission as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file to Include any relevant image attachments as .jpg, .gif or .png (providing these are in the public domain, appropriately creative commons licensed, or your own work).

Other formats
If your submission is multimedia involving large file sizes, please send a link to the file with hightail, dropbox or other cloud-based service using the above address.


Submissions process

  • The Dangerous Women Project will be curated–we aim to include a variety of voices, identities, and backgrounds. Therefore, please give us a short bio when you submit (no more than 100 words).
  • All submissions will be accompanied by an image. If you would like to provide an image that you own the rights to, or that is in the public domain, please include this with your submission. Otherwise we will source something in the public domain.
  • Submission does not guarantee acceptance, so send us your best ideas. That said, if you have a compelling story to tell and need support in telling it, please do get in touch and we’ll do our best to help (or we’ll try to find someone who can).
  • Submissions will be acknowledged within one week, except during University holiday periods. At all other times, please get in touch if you have not received a confirmation of receipt.
  • We aim to respond with an outcome within one month of the date the submission period closes.
  • Due to our limited resources, we are unable to provide feedback on why a submission was not accepted.


Rights and Contributor Honorariums

For accepted submissions, in the first instance, we are seeking non-exclusive electronic English-language world rights, with the contribution to remain on the Dangerous Women Project web site for two years in the first instance. After two years, you may request in writing that your contribution be removed, otherwise it will remain published for the life of the project site.

We may in future seek to use selected contributions for an anthology or other print output. Should your contribution be selected, you will be contacted and a separate agreement will be negotiated to the satisfaction of all parties. Contributing to the Dangerous Women Project website is not an indication of agreement to publication in other formats.

We recognise and value the work of our contributors, but must balance this with the limited budget of a not-for-profit project. Freelance writers and other non-salaried creative practitioners will be offered a minimum £50 honorarium. Payment will be paid on publication. Due to the budget limitations of the project, where contributors will count the work they submit to the Dangerous Women Project as an output of their salaried employment, no honorarium will be offered.