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Legendary Women is a journalistic site and charity seeking to promote positive images of women in the media. We celebrate our favorite fictional heroines from books and the silver screen and also highlight real world women role models and the charities they run and support.

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And we have our winners for the 2015 Literary Contest!

First, we’d love to thank again Maureen Seaton, Stephanie Selvick, Amanda Rudd, Jenny Atwater, and Carolyn West for serving as our judges. We could not have completed the contest without your excellent taste and without your support.

Second, thank you to our wonderful contest winners. We had submissions from all over the world from New Zealand to Italy to Canada and a variety of interesting and poignant stories. It has us very excited for next year as well.

Third, the winners will be posted weekly starting the first week in October along with their interviews. That will be part of our biggest literary month, which we are excited to announce. We’ll be interviewing fascinating authors, great charities, and publishing houses doing innovative things. So look forward to that in about two weeks.

Finally, without further adieu, here are our winners:


  • Grand Prize — Samantha Dauer for “J. Jones”
  • Second Place — Larissa Malia Nobles for “Immunity”
  • Third Place — Megan Ainslow for “A Matriline”

The Archive

We're proud to be sharing our third place winner, Megan Ainslow's, story "A Matriline" here. This will be up on our site for six months so please read, enjoy and comment!

Our staffer, Megan Hussey, has a brilliant article calling forth for a new type of award for awards season.

As a corollary to our First Annual Literary Contest, we're having a drive until November 30, 2012 to get together books for the Women's Prison Book Project (WPBP), a non-profit based in Minnesota, which collects paperback books and workbooks as well as monetary donations to help ensure that the over 150, 000 women in the prison system have access to reading materials to improve their lives. Read on to learn how to help!

We all have a favorite heroine, a woman who kicks a serious amount of butt and inspires us to be better than we are. So far, Legendary Women, Inc. has celebrated the female characters who already exist. Now we, along with Random Acts, are asking our readers to create some of their own! You have until November 30, 2012 to enter our contest so please check out the rules below!

The flurry of news stories over the past year might give people the impression that the last stand for LGBTQ rights is the fight for marriage equality… and maybe where you buy your fried chicken. However, the mainstream battles for the LGBTQ community tend to lean towards the interests of middle class adults, not the other cultural or gender minorities of the group overall, and definitely not towards the needs of our youth. But while these youth have been largely forgotten by society, Golden Girls star and gay icon Bea Arthur did not forget them in her final years. 

Strong Female Protagonist follows the adventures of a young middle-class American with super-strength, invincibilit

Tumblr, twitter, Facebook, and various blogs have been exploding this week with reaction to the self-published novel Save the Pearls: Revealing Eden. The book, actually published in October of 2011, came to more general internet notice after Racebending.com published a scathing editorial here of the book's incendiary content and marketing campaign, which is based around white actors using blackface. Since then there's been outrage and also backlash, the most recent of it being this post on The Huffington Post by the author herself about how "judging a book by its cover" is equivalent to racism. In the following review, I look at the problematic treatment of race in the novella.*

By Liz Fisher

"The world is full of Exes, of Priors and Formers, people who can never quite live in the present," Jennifer Finney Boylan says in the first chapter of I'm Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted. What is it, she wonders, that allows some people to move on while others remain stuck in the past? "Maybe… you do it by writing poems, by trying to tell your ridiculous and and incomprehensible story."

Twenty years ago (or 1992 to be more specific) Kristy Swanson gave life to the most iconic blonde vampire slayer of all time: Buffy Summers. Since then Buffy went on to a bigger life than anyone in the original film could have envisioned. The movie was turned into a television show that spanned seven seasons and lives on today in the hearts of dedicated fans.