Scheherezade’s Bequest

Scheherezade’s Bequest is a print journal of fiction and poetry in the fairy tale tradition.

SB1.2Something Rich and Strange: Tales from the Sea
Scheherezade’s Bequest Vol. 1 Issue 2
Ed. Donna Quattrone
Published by Papaveria Press, August 2015.
ISBN 978 1 907881 46 6 (Paperback)
128 pages, full color.
Available from and other online sellers.

For this issue we called authors to draw from folktales, personal experience, and the vast ocean of the imagination to reveal selkies, mermaids, sea nymphs, the great flood, and more in this wonderful collection of short stories and poems, each one a siren song luring us into the waves. Something Rich and Strange: Tales from the Sea continues our tradition of offering original fairy tales and retellings of the old stories that leave us with a sense of wonder, a sense that something rich and strange is always just around the corner.

SB1.1As You Wish: The Loathly Lady Issue
Scheherezade’s Bequest Vol. 1 Issue 1
Eds. Donna Quattrone & Virginia M. Mohlere
Published by Papaveria Press, May 2013.
ISBN 978 1 907881 34 3 (Paperback)
ISBN 978 1 907881 36 7 (Digital)
128 pages, full color.
Available from and other online sellers.

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 array of stories, poems, and academic insights into the Loathly Lady trope. Their answers to our questions may surprise you. Edited by Donna Quattrone and Virginia M. Mohlere, this issue includes interior artwork by acclaimed photographer Brooke Shaden and Kirsty Greenwood, and cover art by Rima Staines. 128 pages of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction await you inside.

Scheherezade’s Bequest Online

Thanks to the generosity of our authors, previous online issues of Scheherezade’s Bequest are archived here:

Issue 16 (Sept 2012)

Rosa and the frozen tears by Pen Clements
Late summer by Ruth Jenkins
Bachy Soletanche by Jason Erik Lundberg
Hungry Greta by Dan Holbrow
This December by Lyn Lifshin
The Hair Nest by Mae Empson
Golden Apples by Tina Connolly

Issue 15 (May 2012)

Drakestail Sea: A Villanelle by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
One Good Thing by Jared Oliver Adams
Nettles by Mari Ness
Spellbound by Marina Lee Sable
The Dauntless Girl by Petra McQueen
The Lunar Child by Melinda Giordano
Stone Soup: A Villanelle by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingd´e

Issue 14 (December 2011)

Kiran-Katha: Tongue Memories by Nandini Dhar
An Ifrit in San Francisco by Andrea Blythe
Little Ginger Bread Man by Jamie Wasserman
Bradie Law and the Grumpenmire by John Patrick Pazdziora
Salt by Joanna Hoyt
Kytgy and Kunlelo by Rose Lemberg
Bone Song by Sara Cleto
Blood, Snow, Birch and Underworld by JoSelle Vanderhooft
The Wolf and the Three Wise Monkeys by Hal Duncan
Grateful by Brittany Warman

Issue 13 (May 2011)

The Fear of Apples by Marta Pelrine-Bacon
In the Fey City by S. Brackett Robertson
Matryoshka by Robert E. Stutts
Fairy Tale Cursed by Alexandra Seidel
A Water Sine by Bruce Woods
Instructions for the Successful Maintenance of Foxglove Bakery by Caroline C. Duda
How to Flirt in Faerieland by C.S.E. Cooney
Apple Cake & Princess Charming by Julia August
A Fairy Tale Princess by Shweta Narayan
The Robber King’s Wife by Caspian Gray
Ribbon, bell by Helen Ogden

Issue 12 (January 2011)

Though the Moon Be Still as Bright by Athena Andreadis
Mrs. Mud’s brush with Death by Troy Morash
Ambrosia and the Beast by Bruce Woods
Frog Prince by Robert Borski
Cinderlad by Robert Borski
Sunshine and Apples by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma
Bluebeard Contented by B. Gordon
The King Must Have a Son by David Pilling
In the Luck Factory by Lorraine Schein

Issue 11 (Sept 2010)

Rules for Entering Enchanted Cities by Megan Arkenberg
The Souk of Dreams by Keyan Bowes
Bonfire and Pearls by Mari Ness
Each Night Without a Moon by Scott Christopher Lucas
Up In Smoke by Nicky Drayden
Divination by Dragon by Rachel Manija Brown
Dry Spell by Justin Whitney
Fata Morgana by Sabrina Vourvoulias
Spin Me a Yarn by Angela Rega
Birch Skin by Erik Amundsen
The Beauty Beyond by Sarah E. Colona

Issue 10 (May 2010)

Raven by Claire Massey
Snow White at the Automat by Alex Dally MacFarlane
Afternoon Tale by Patricia Russo
Fairyland by F.J. Bergmann
The Labyrinth and the Knight by Rachel Manija Brown
A Correspondence from the Queen by Annclaire Livoti
Now and then by Sabrina Vourvoulias
Alice’s Place by Bruce Woods
Chinese Rapunzel by Rachel Lim
The Other Road by Alexandra Seidel
The Handless Maiden (revisited) by Olivia V. Ambrogio
Gingerbread Man by Eric Marin
The Drunk by Ben Loory
Drinking the Moon by Satyr Phil Brucato
Telegony by Sonya Taaffe

Issue 9 (January 2010)

Lord Feintheart by Kirsty Logan
Waking Beauty by Lyn C. A. Gardner
Grimm Modernity by Jesika Brooks
Tears in the Sea by David Sklar
Goddess of Insects by Jacie Ragan
Her Heart Would Surely Break In Two by Michelle Labb´e
Bad Mothers by Anne Brannen
Nor Yet Feed the Swine by Keyan Bowes
Living in the Land of Folklore by Linda Ann Strang
Song at a Cottage Door by Megan Arkenberg
In The Forest of Thorn by Anna Yardney
Harpsong for Heurodis by Amanda Lord
At the Palace of the North Wind by Christopher W. Clark

Issue 8 (September 2009)

Rapunzel Considers the Desert by Jeannine Hall Gailey
Harp by Alex Wilson
In the Ashes by Gerri Leen
Dahut’s Curse by Jennifer Lawrence
Basic Biology by Caren Gussoff
A Wolf’s Lament by M. Lynn Johnson
The Bear and the Bicycle by Catherine Knutsson
All Underneath the Eildon Tree by Joshua Gage
Connla mac Lia and the Kingship of Eriu by Amal El-Mohtar
The Courtship of Caoilte and Yvaine by Jessica P. Wick
Anthology by Sonya Taaffe
Faithful by Brittany Warren
Envy by Grace Andreacchi
Cry Wolf by A. J. Odasso

Issue 7 (March 2009)

Water Portrait of My Prince by Lisa Plowman Dolensky
Twelve by Shira Lipkin
Troll Boy by Helen Ogden
Before St. George Came by Daniel A. Rabuzzi
Silver Hands by Elizabeth Hopkinson
Shahrazad by Mike Alexander
Remembering Fur by Mari Ness

Issue 6 (Sept 2008)

Four and Twenty by Daniel A. Rabuzzi
Count by Genevieve Valentine
Muse Daughter by Virginia M. Mohlere
Rereading A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Thomas Zimmerman
The Fall of Fairy Castle by Erin Hoffman
Fairy Godmothers are Everywhere by Donna Quattrone
A Hairy Case by Aurelio Rico Lopez III
Lying-In by Sonya Taaffe
Nimue Sings to the Tree by Miranda Gaw
Songs were washing up by Francesca Forrest
Those Nights by Sarah E. Colona
Wellspring by John Thomas Clark
My Small Army of Souls by Deborah J. Brannon

Issue 5 (March 2008)

Wicked by Donna Quattrone
Through the Woods by Jessica Paige Wick
The Sorrows of Elaine by Greer Woodward
Diamonds by Rebecca W. Day
Dear, Dear by Patricia Russo
Bonny Fisher Boy by Sonya Taaffe
Barghest by Alison Lowery (Poem removed at author’s request.)

Issue 4 (July 2006)

Arachne by M. Lynn Johnson
How a Tree Transforms to Wood by JoSelle Vanderhooft
Coffee Date by Leah Bobet
Cinder Road by Patricia Russo
Brambles by Amanda Downum
Wolf, Musing by Donna Quattrone

Issue 3 (March 2006)

Dame Ragnelle Takes a Husband by JoSelle Vanderhooft
Frog Prince? by Donna Quattrone
Swan Daughter by J.C. Runolfson
The Sending by Darja Malcolm-Clarke
Gingerbread and Time by Amanda Downum

Issue 2 (Nov 2005)

Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fireside Views by Donna Quattrone
Niobe Aftermath by Sonya Taaffe
Riding Hood by Cassandra Phillips-Sears
The Story of the River and Ophelia by JoSelle Vanderhooft
Hansel by Christine Butterworth-McDermott
Then a millstone came along… by Mike Allen

Issue 1 (July 2005)

The Maiden-Tree by Catherynne M. Valente
Scorned by Mia Nutick (Story removed at author’s request.)
The Piscine Gifts by Stace Dumoski
Demeter & Persephone: 1969 by Virginia M. Mohlere
Bloodlines and Survival by Jeremy Hepler
The Tale of Two Bottles by Philip Reyth
In Defense of a Queen by Donna Quattrone