Have you ever lost a friend? Was that loss in some ways more painful than the end of a love affair?
In our first collection of stories of friendship by female writers, The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power, we included a section on friendship loss. The response to that part of our book has fascinated us.
Again and again, other women -- friends, readers, relatives, acquaintances -- have told us stories of their own friendship breakups and dissolutions. In their stories, we've heard their pain, their shame, their confusion, and their continued sense of deep loss.
We want to hear your stories of broken friendships during any time in your life: Friends who left you or others that you abandoned. The friendship that ended suddenly or the one that faded gradually.
We are happy to announce a call for submissions for our next anthology. This collection -- tentatively titled, "My Other Ex: Women Write About Female Friendship Burnouts, Breakups, and Betrayals" -- will include essays from female writers about fractured friendships. Maybe there was a reconciliation later in time, maybe there wasn't. Maybe the ending of that bond brought enormous pain or maybe its conclusion brought great relief.
Submissions should be previously unpublished -- or previously published material that has been reworked substantially -- and between 1000 and 4000 words. (Please let us know if your piece is based on previously published material.) Please include a brief bio (no more than 4-5 sentences) and your contact information (e-mail, social media links, or blog URL, if you have one) as a cover letter. Deadline: March 1.
Please contact us at our website with any questions.