The Belladonna: Funny Writing by Women, for Everyone

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Looking for the hot new place to submit and read humor writing? The Belladonna is the latest online venue for comedy and self-care, courtesy of writers and editors Caitlin KunkelBrooke PrestonFiona TaylorCarrie Wittmer, and Daniel Tosh.

The Belladonna is a safe space for you to “channel your fear, frustration, anger, and disappointment into a target.” More details on how to submit and upcoming events after the break.

They love to see the following in pitches (which all humor editors like to see in pitches):

  • Pieces written with their venue in mind
  • Pieces with a clear satirical angle
  • Pieces that obviously aren’t first drafts
  • Pieces with a fresh take/a unique and interesting comedic premise
  • Great titles
  • Confidence

They’re in the market for:

The best part of The Belladonna is their promise to writers: if they don’t take your piece, then they’ll kindly and constructively tell you why and how you may atone/become your best writerly self.

FIRST: read and adhere to their submission guidelines. THEN: reread my submission guidelinesWho wrote it best?*

*Trick question to remind you that writing is not a competition and that all those oppressed under the patriarchy are not competitors.

To look forward to:

  • Editors will run The Belladonna Workshops, a series of free virtual meet-ups to work with up-and-coming writers.
  • The site’s partnering with the PIT Theater in New York as their “official” physical home for future shows, workshops, and prayer circles.
  • The first The Belladonna Variety Show will be Saturday, July 1 at the PIT Loft and will feature Belladonna editors and contributors, with readings, sketch, storytelling, and a prayer circle.

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Elissa Bassist edits the Funny Women column. She teaches humor writing at The New School and Catapult. Follow her on Twitter, and visit elissabassist.com for more literary, feminist, and personal criticism. More from this author →