Let Me Know When You're Home

  • Bridie Wilkinson

In Let Me Know When You’re Home, fifteen women writers look at female friendship in all its forms, in a collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that is both a frank exploration of these relationships and a true celebration of what women can achieve with the support of each other.

What does female friendship mean to you?

Over the years, Dear Damsels read hundreds of pieces of writing that responded to this question. On the surface, these stories might have been tackling a different subject – they could have been about love, youth or heartbreak. Perhaps they were about new beginnings or something coming to an end. But if you took a closer look, these stories were quietly celebrating something else: female friendship.

Eventually, we started thinking about how we could give this messy, multifaceted topic all the space it needed and deserved – a way that would allow the relationships between women to take centre stage. The result was DD’s first paperback publication: Let Me Know When You’re Home: Stories of Female Friendship.
In July 2019, we held a six-week open submissions period for creative writing by women on the subject of female friendship.

After reading over 100 submissions we chose pieces by fifteen women writers exploring what female friendship means to them through fiction, non-fiction and poetry, digging deep into the complexities and nuances of these relationships.

In September 2019, we successfully crowdfunded Let Me Know When You’re Home on Kickstarter, reaching 118% of our original funding goal with two weeks to spare. The campaign was selected by Kickstarter as a ‘Project We Love’ and featured in the Kickstarter Reads newsletter.

Let Me Know When You’re Home published 1st February 2020 and includes work from: Alexandra Burton, Rebecca Cooney, Rosie Dastgir, Alice Godliman, Jade Greene, Kimberly Kay, Jonatha Kottler, Huma Qureshi, Francesca Raine, Sallyanne Rock, Sara Sherwood, Hannah Simpson, E.V. Somerville, Chloe Tomlinson and Hannah Wright.

Cover design by The Woodbine Workshop
Text design by Marcus Chamberlain