We are actively seeking:
Links: If you know of any fairy tale resources (blogs, journals, websites), please send us the link. We are also working on building a resource of institutions that teach fairy tales.
Press releases: Is your organization/university/publisher hosting a fairy tale related event, book launch, or seminar? If you think our readers would be interested, please send us your press release and we’ll help spread the word.
We are always seeking:
Artists and Artwork for the website:
We welcome artists whose work is inspired or influenced by fairy tales and folklore to share their work with Cabinet des Fées. We are especially interested in artists who are happy to talk with us about their work, be that in the form of an interview, essay or informal conversation. We cannot offer payment for artwork we use on the site; we accept this work as a donation only. Please contact us with your initial query.
Non-fiction for the website:
We are always seeking works of non-fiction for inclusion on Cabinet des Fées, including articles, essays and reviews concerning fairy and folk tales, folklore and myth. We cannot offer payment for non-fiction; we accept this work as a donation only. Please contact us with your initial query.
Submission guildeines for Demeter’s Spicebox and Scheherezade’s Bequest:
Demeter’s Spicebox is edited by Nin Harris, with Erzebet YellowBoy advising. Demeter’s Spicebox has its own guidelines. They can be found here.
Submissions are open for the second issue of the first volume of Scheherezade’s Bequest, and will remain open until midnight on
November 30, 2013 December 31, 2013.
The operating principle behind Scheherezade’s Bequest partakes in the overall arc of our namesake’s tale; it echoes the fact that stories are capable of saving lives. To that end, half of the proceeds from our first print volume will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. Each issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest will have a suggested theme. Issue 2 is scheduled for publication in Spring, 2014.
We are particularly interested in stories that add to the sum of the world’s joy. Paths can be rocky, forests may be dark and the world isn’t always kind, so we’d like to explore the myriad routes that our heros and heroines utilize to find their way to a positive resolution. We don’t belive that “happily ever after” is trite or twee, and we recognize that it can often be relative, so we welcome happy endings that stretch the shape of traditional paradigms. Ultimately, we want to provide a place for fiction that celebrates beauty, wonder, and triumph.
Scheherezade’s Bequest Vol. 1 Issue 2
From the Sea: Something Rich and Strange
“Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.”
— William Shakespeare
The next print issue of SB will revolve around myths, legends and folk tales born from the sea. We are looking for stories about siren songs, selkies, and mermaids; tales and poems that arise out of the deep, that are shaped by moonlight and tide pools and the pull of the waves. Of course we adore fairy tales, but straightforward retellings will be a hard sell. We are looking for material that is deeply mythic with a contemporary flair, work that appeals to human emotions on a universal level.
Think relationships — with self, with the other, with nature. Think transformation. Better yet, show us how it happens. We prefer happy endings, but recognize that they can be relative. Be as creative as you wish, but know this: Anything that features gratuitous sex or gore will be rejected outright.
Scheherezade’s Bequest general guidelines are as follows:
SUBMISSIONS: We do not accept multiple submissions, simultaneous submissions or reprints. One poem, story, or non-fiction piece, one piece of artwork, or one comic per submission. Send us your best. If we want to see more, we will request it.
All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please put the word SUBMISSION in the header of your email. Include the type of submission (artwork, fiction, non-fiction) in the body of your email, along with your bio. Do not forget the bio. If you forget to include your bio, we will send the big, bad wolf to blow your house down.
For queries, please put the word QUERY in the header of your email.
FORMATTING: We accept work in .rtf or .doc format. We strongly suggest you use proper manuscript formatting for fiction and non-fiction. For poetry submissions, please use single spaced lines with an asterisk or hash symbol to indicate breaks. Improper formatting will make us less likely to consider your work. Please send artwork as a low-resolution JPG, but be prepared to resend as a 300dpi TIF if your work is accepted.
MAX LINE/ WORD COUNT: There is no maximum line count for poetry. We strongly prefer stories under 4000 words, and non-fiction under 3000 words. If your work is longer than that, please query.
PAYMENT: $30.00 for fiction, $15.00 for poetry, prior to publication.
RIGHTS: First World Rights, for exclusive publication in the English language, for a period limited to three months from first publication.
RESPONSE TIME: On average, 2 months.
Scheherezade’s Bequest is edited by Donna Quattrone.