May 182010
 
Raven by Claire Massey

There was once a queen and she had a little daughter, who was as yet a babe in arms; and once the child was so restless that the mother could get no peace, do what she would; so she lost patience, and seeing a flight of ravens pass over the castle she opened the window

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Snow White at the Automat by Alex Dally MacFarlane

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May 182010
 
Snow White at the Automat by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Coins pushed in and the glass door opens with a click. Lunch, there, on a plate in the slot third from the left, seventh row up. The napkins are thin and rough like her bed sheets. This is very different to before. No mother smiling dangerously at her over tight laces and a comb. No

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Afternoon Tale by Patricia Russo

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May 182010
 
Afternoon Tale by Patricia Russo

My niece asked me for a story. It was a hot summer afternoon, and she was bored with her toys and her books and her game screen. What kind of story, I asked. A story about heroes, she said. You mean, like the boy who killed the bear who had three heads, or the girl

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Fairyland by F.J. Bergmann

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May 182010
 
Fairyland by F.J. Bergmann

Glintfleur says hers can talk, although I don’t believe her. It’s the same size as mine, but it wriggles more. Mine used to scream when I pinched it and covered it with pink flowers but now it either whimpers or doesn’t make any sound at all. Ashpuppet fastened his high up in the storm-tossed branches

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A Correspondence from the Queen by Annclaire Livoti

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May 182010
 
A Correspondence from the Queen by Annclaire Livoti

When word reached her of Rip Van Winkle, Her Majesty summoned pen and parchment and wrote him an epistle that began: Dear Mr. Van Winkle, upon hearing of your plight, I could not help but sympathize…. When a reply arrived, the letter was barely legible, bearing the hesitant scrawl of one who had barely learned

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Alice’s Place by Bruce Woods

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May 182010
 
Alice’s Place by Bruce Woods

It is a shelf, a bench, a level space roughly the size of a single bed, a bit more than halfway up the side of a hill. The mound upon which it appears is not by any means a mountain, being gentle-sloped and rounded and covered by greenery to its very peak, but it is

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Chinese Rapunzel by Rachel Lim

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May 182010
 
Chinese Rapunzel by Rachel Lim

Chinese Rapunzel lowers her pinky fingernail, curvaceously lavender, delicate as a shell carrying the whispers of the ocean within its depths. there is no tower but her body, and isn’t that worse, anyway, to be trapped within strips of silk— coda grab ahold of the extended nail, my prince, and climb me to freedom. Perhaps

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The Other Road by Alexandra Seidel

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May 182010
 
The Other Road by Alexandra Seidel

Little Blue Ribbon chose the other road. Her twin, whom all call Red Riding Hood, was distracted by a wolf and went off, plucking flowers, hunting butterflies, but Blue Ribbon, the girl who was petite as her sister and had her wheat-golden hair, stayed on the road that led into the woods where their grandmother

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Gingerbread Man by Eric Marin

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May 182010
 
Gingerbread Man by Eric Marin

My cousins’ cousin stopped by my house for tea today, and I said, “Hi, Gretel. It’s great to see you, but I don’t have any tea.” She shrugged her narrow shoulders and said, “That’s okay, I really just came to steal a kiss and make some gingerbread.” I started to tell her we didn’t have

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The Drunk by Ben Loory

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May 182010
 
The Drunk by Ben Loory

There was a man, and there was a woman, and they were very much in love. The problem was that they drank a lot. One night they drank too much. One night they drank a lot of cheap champagne and went dancing down by the river, and the woman lost her balance and slipped and

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Stepsister by Joshua Gage

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May 182010
 
Stepsister by Joshua Gage

My mother swears me beautiful and trains me with a hazel cane to gently step with straightened back until my calves and shoulders scar with lessons memorized in blood.   My mother swears me beautiful despite my stepsister, who speaks to birds and calls them to her hands with every task that mother sets. Still,

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Drinking the Moon by Satyr Phil Brucato

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May 182010
 
Drinking the Moon by Satyr Phil Brucato

For Sandi, who holds my Heart She was thirsty, they said, to drink the moon. She sighed like a forsaken queen and left her features bare. The young men painted their faces crimson, and powdered their chests with emerald dust. Still, she had eyes for none of them. Instead, each night the girl climbed the

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