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Literary Visibility For Women Writers

Organized by: Jennifer Messing

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The California Journal of Women Writers was an online literary journal born out of a graduate student project in 2012 and quickly flourished into a labor of love. The need for a literary space devoted to women's writing was clearly needed and the initial response and positive support towards the project was encouraging. It was also apparent that a literary space fostering LGBTQ and WOC female-identifying writers was lacking and in dire need of representation. 

By 2016, it became evident that in order to keep the journal moving forward, and to recruit and retain more literary reviewers, I would need funding in order to pay my writers and web design/hosting, create marketing campaigns, attract advertisers, and secure our domain name. All contributions thus far (web design, written content, reviews, etc.) have been done by myself and a team of friends who volunteered their time and efforts. Costs incurred (web hosting, domain, images, books) have come directly out of my own unsalaried student pockets.  

As of December 2015, the journal has been on hiatus while researching ways to gain funding. You can view our updated journal online at (2015) and earlier content at (2012-2015). 

Any help is greatly appreciated in assisting to resurrect this beloved literary space. Our hope is that we grow a larger online audience and platform, become the main reference for readers who are searching for texts by women writers, and for those same writers to collaborate with us in order to increase visibility of their talents. 


The intent of TCJWW is to provide a space for enthusiastic dialogue supporting a wide variety of women writers. This is a space fostering and enhancing the visibility of North American female writers, and narrowing the wide gender gap found in discussions in the literary world. The journal features original reviews, interviews, and commentary on women's literature and poetry, with the occasional post boasting scope from other parts of the world. We do not focus on any one type of literature, as long as the text is written by a self-identified female author.


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