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 Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie 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
They’re in the market for:
- Lists (short and expanded)
- Longer satirical pieces (no personal essays)
- Open letters
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.
*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.