Apr 262013
As You Wish: Scheherezade's Bequest Issue 1

As You Wish gathers together fiction, poetry, and non-fiction in an exploration of what it is women (and men) truly want. We chose the theme of the Loathly Lady for this issue in order to challenge modern perceptions of beauty and to explore the notion of sovereignty. Authors responded to our call for submissions with a diverse arrays of stories, poems, and academic insights into the Loathly Lady trope. Their answers to our questions may surprise you.

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Call for Submissions: Yellow Medicine Review

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Feb 062013
Call for Submissions: Yellow Medicine Review

The upcoming issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought is devoted to re-imagining the fairy-tale genre in poetry and fiction and they are calling for submissions:

“The role of fairy-tales, folk-tales, and myths has always been to explain the unexplainable and to open the door to the treasury of our imagination. They still play that role today. Maybe more so than ever, we need new myths, new tales that help us to recapture the fantastic moment in the routine of everyday life. We welcome creative works that rediscover the magic through the use of fairy-tale and mythical motifs, images, fantastic events and descriptions.”

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Scheherezade’s Bequest 16

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Sep 112012
Scheherezade's Bequest 16

Welcome to the last online issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest. We opened our doors in the autumn of 2005, and for seven years have offered fairy tale fiction and poetry online on a semi-regular basis. During that time, our staff has gone through several transformations, Cabinet des Fées has gone into print and out again, and most importantly, the online fairy tale community in general has grown in ways we, back then, could only hope for. We are very proud to have been (and be) a part of that, and we are very grateful to our readers — those of you who have been with us since the beginning and those of you who may only be finding us today — for doing your part to keep the fairy tale tradition alive and well.

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Scheherezade’s Bequest open for submissions

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Jul 022012
Scheherezade's Bequest open for submissions

We said in our last editorial that we are taking Scheherezade’s Bequest into print and today submissions open for the first issue of the first volume. Editors Donna Quattrone and Virginia M. Mohlere have compiled new guidelines, so please be sure to read them! We are hoping to produce a multimedia volume, so we are currently seeking fiction, poetry, non-fiction, artwork, and graphic fiction (comics). More information can be found on our submissions page.

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Scheherezade’s Bequest 15

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May 302012
Scheherezade's Bequest 15

As you may have noticed, we are somewhat behind schedule when it comes to releasing new issues of Scheherezade’s Bequest. There has been so much going on for us behind the scenes–where once our staff was based in the US, the UK, and Australia, now we are in the US, Malaysia, and France. At the rate some of us move around the globe, we are lucky to have an issue at all. But we do! And we also have an important announcement to make, so be sure to read all the way to the end of this short editorial or you’ll miss it.

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Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes

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Mar 122012
Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes

One, two, three, four…

Cabinet des Fées is very excited to announce the release of Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes, including seven full page, full color illustrations by Adam Oehlers. Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes shows you what a childhood pastime looks like when you dial macabre up to eleven. If playground fun got married to the genetically engineered child of Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman, their offspring would be Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes. Curated by Francesca Forrest, these are not the rhymes you jumped rope to as a child.

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Scheherezade’s Bequest 14

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Dec 152011
Scheherezade's Bequest 14

Finally! The latest issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest and its companion non-fiction articles are online. This issue was a long time in coming: due in September, posted in December — somewhere along the way we got lost in the woods and for that, we apologise. First let’s talk about the fiction. This 14th issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest is dark like the longest night, humorous and difficult and full of everything that makes a fairy tale real. These stories and poems hearken back to the original tales, and this issue is not for the faint of heart.

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Oct 272011
The good news, the bad news

Do you want the good news first or the bad? The good news has everything to do with the image you see to your left, but I always would rather the bad news come first, so let’s get that out of the way. The 14th issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest (the one that was supposed to come out in September!) has been postponed until November. This delay is due to a number of factors that should not affect our future issues, so please bear with us until we get ourselves back on schedule. Now, the good news!

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The Drawing out the Dragons Project

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Jul 082011
The Drawing out the Dragons Project

Not so long I wrote about a most important book, Drawing out the Dragons by James A. Owen. At the time of that writing, the book was only available in digital format. James is now trying to change that. In order to reach a wider audience, he is currently running a Kickstarter project to help fund the print edition. Why is it so important that we help him?

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Issue 13 – A Tricky Number

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May 302011
Issue 13 - A Tricky Number

This issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest, with its companion updates from Cabinet des Fées, is being brought to you live from Deux-Sevrés, a place saturated in folklore and fairy tales. Situated in the Poitou-Charentes region of France, where the landscape alternates between agricultural patchworks and forested hills, Deux-Sevrés is home to the the 16th-century château d’Oiron (pictured below), where Charles Perrault based his story “Le Chat Botte” (Puss in Boots). Mêlusine, a European spirit of springs and rivers, created the city of Parthenay (located in the center of Deux-Sèvres) with a wave of her fairy wand. From the looks of this place, I’d say there are quite a lot of spirits still hard at work around here.

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