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By Rhonda Parrish.
Have you looked at the calendar lately? We’re getting awfully close to the November 30 deadline for Fae submissions which means it’s time for another update from the slush pile.
First of all, can I just say I am incredibly impressed with the submissions so far (even the ones I’ve passed on). For the most part the stories are great and, at the risk of jinxing myself, everyone has been following the submission guidelines! Okay, I shouldn’t totally geek out about that, but I am, because it’s so rare. So thank you to everyone who has submitted so far, I think you’re all amazing.
As for the stories themselves, while I’m still seeing a disproportionately high number of pieces set in forests in medieval Europe, a growing number of submitters seem to have really taken my advice to think outside the box and be specific to heart. I am encouraged by the growing number of pieces set in specific locales and with fairies which are a little different from the norm. Please keep that up. Some of the stories on my short list are of the more traditional fairy in a forest variety but I’m hoping to greatly outnumber them with other varieties. For example, one of my favourite submissions to date is one the author described as being ‘steampunk lite’ and another is an urban fantasy set in Indianapolis. So yes, please keep up the variety of settings and fairy types. I love it.
I am still missing a few elements that were on my wish list for this anthology, so if you’re stuck for an idea of what to write about, maybe take a look at the specific things I asked for in the guidelines. I haven’t got a tooth fairy story yet, for example, or the perfect arctic fairy, a silkie (selkie), imp, or any modern time-traveler types*. Those are all very sort of general descriptions but I bet they could make a great jumping off point to start something creative and awesome.
I’ve also received a fair number of “Does this story sound like something you’d like?” emails. And while I totally understand the inclination to write those, truthfully my answer is always, always, always going to be, “Send it and we’ll see”. I cannot judge how much I’m going to like a story or how good a fit it will be for the anthology based on your description. I need to read the actual piece. I know that can seem like a big step to take if you’re a beginning writer (and sometimes even if you’re not) but it really is the only way I can tell you how I feel about your story. So when in doubt, submit. J
If you’ve got any other specific questions feel free to leave them as a comment to this blog post or email me at fae[at]worldweaverpress.com . I’d love to hear from you and I’d especially love to read your fairy stories. Keep ‘em coming!
*It’s possible these types of stories are sitting in my inbox and I haven’t read them yet. The oldest unread submission I have right now is from October 21st.
About the anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is a master procrastinator and nap connoisseur but despite that she somehow manages a full professional life. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief ofNiteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her website, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com. More information about submitting to the Fae anthology can be found in our open calls for anthologies.
We’re pleased to announce Fate Forgotten by Amalia Dillin, a new novel in the Fate of the Gods series is available in paperback and ebook today, Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Praise for Forged by Fate, first in the “Fate of the Gods” series:
“You won’t be able to deny that Miss Dillin is a genius … This story was absolutely amazing. It’s like nothing I’ve read before … a complete game changer.” — Parajunkee
“An amazing fantasy world which succeeds in cleverly incorporating history, mythology and biblical figures. The seamless integration of Norse and Greek gods was inspired and I can’t wait to see where this series heads next.” — Book Chick City
“One of the more fascinating and haunting books I’ve read in quite some time.” — JC Andrijeski, author of the Allie’s War series
“A beautiful, sweeping story that puts on display the power of every interpretation of love, and the truth of what can be accomplished when people choose peace over strife. I couldn’t put it out of my mind for days.”— Trisha Leigh, author of The Last Year series
To win the world, Adam will defy the gods, but his fate rests in Eve’s hands. — Since the gods returned Adam’s memory six hundred years ago, Thor has been a scourge on his lives. But when Adam learns that Thor has been haunting his steps out of love for Eve, he is determined to banish the thunder god once and for all. Adam is no fool: Eve still loves the man she knew as Thorgrim, and if she ever learned he still lived, that he still loved her, Adam would lose any chance of winning Eve to his side, never mind liberating the world. But after everything Thor has done to protect Eve, everything he’s sacrificed, the thunder god won’t go without a fight. Not as long as Eve might love him again.
Which means Adam has to find a new ally. The enemy of his enemy, complete with burning sword and righteous resentment of the gods. But in order to attract the Archangel Michael’s attention, he needs Eve — an unmarried Eve, willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
It shouldn’t be too difficult to find her in the future. Not now that he knows how to look.
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Amalia Dillin began as a biology major at the University of North Dakota before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn’t stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats — to pull her chariot through the sky, of course. You can find her online at amaliadillin.com or follow her on Twitter @AmaliaTd.
The #ThorLove bloghop is coming November 5-8, and signup begins today at blog.amaliadillin.com. Participants are asked to sign up ahead of time, post a Thor-ode during the blog hop, and visit (or “hop” to) the other participating blogs who’ll be hosting their own #ThorLove entries.
And there will be prizes! The bloghop hosts are giving away a slew of Norse/Thor literature and swag! The Grand Prize will feature a signed print copy of both FORGED BY FATE and FATE FORGOTTEN, an e-edition of Elsker and Endre, (Marvel’s) Thor comics, an ARC of HOUNDED by Kevin Hearne, Thor and Avengers movie trading cards, and of course some awesome Fate of the Gods/Elsker Saga sundries! Also, one runner-up will get a Thor graphic novel, e-edition of Fate Forgotten and Tempting Fate, and e-editions of Elsker and Endre, plus sundries!
More details and a chance to sign up here.
We opened up to submissions for Fae at the beginning of the month, and now that stories have been coming in for a couple weeks, I thought we’d do a quick update blog to let you know how it’s going so far and what I’d like to see more of going forward.
I’ve received about 50 submissions so far which is enough for me to notice a few trends and, even more important, begin to get a feeling for what the shape of this anthology is going to look like. That makes me able to give a more detailed idea of what I’m looking for in submissions.
I want to see something new.
Each of the stories which I’ve placed on my short list offered me something I hadn’t seen before. I’m getting a lot of fairy tale retellings, and some of them are very well written, but they aren’t new or they aren’t new enough. (Note: This isn’t a “fairy tale” anthology, oh no — it’s stories about fairies, hobs, pixies, and their kin, not folktales per se)
If you’re going to send me a story I’ve heard before, you have to re-make it as something spectacular that only you could have created. Simply swapping the gender of a character or telling the story from the villain’s point of view isn’t going to be enough to win a spot in this anthology. If you can show me something I’ve never seen before, however, your chances of making the short list (and eventually the table of contents) are good.
I’d like to see more variety in story settings.
So far I’m seeing a lot of stories set in some sort of nebulous modern time setting (advanced technology such as cars and electricity exist but we’re never actually given enough detail to know exactly where or when the story is taking place) and even more set in some sort of nebulous middle ages setting (no running water, people using carts and horses but again, no idea where or precisely when the story is being set).
I want a setting I can really, if you’ll pardon the cliché, sink my teeth into, and I don’t want every story in this collection to share the same world, the same time, the same place. I’m looking for variety. If you submit a story set in 1880s Yellowknife I promise you it is going to stand out from the crowd more than if you submit a story set in Anycity, Anytime. I promise.
Gimme space fairies. Desert fairies. Jungle fairies. Arctic fairies. Make up your own world that’s completely unlike anyone else’s. Set the fairies in your own city and make sure I can tell what city that is. Make the setting matter.
Genre bending is fun.
I love straight fantasy and I’m happy to read straight fantasy fairy stories, and if they are well-written and have something new to offer I’ll be pleased to make a space for them on my short list but again, I’m looking for something new in these stories and one way to stand out from the crowd is to mix, bend or blend the genre you’re writing from.
Steampunk fairies. Time-travelling fairies. Killer fairies. Ghost fairies… Read the rest of this entry
We’ve been talking about it for weeks, but the time to submit your fairy short story has arrived! And remember we’re looking for many different incarnations of fairy — good fairies, evil fairies, tiny ones, human-sized ones, (see below for a much more interesting description of what we’re seeking). The anthology is meant for a readership of 16-and-up (adult fiction). This is not a children’s anthology. We will gladly consider fairy-based horror.
If we say it’s adult fiction then why “16-and-up”? It’s a completely arbitrary number based on the age some of us here at WWP were when we first read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fairies and Shakespeare, rock it!
If you’re not sure if your story is “fairy enough,” submit it anyway and let the editor decide. Please don’t query about the potential appropriateness of your story; when it comes to short fiction, it’s much more efficient to let us read the story than it is to try and describe it to us in a letter.
Have you ever noticed that, despite the name, there is often a conspicuous absence of fairies in fairy tales? Historically speaking fairies have been mischievous or malignant. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. In Fae, we want stories that honor that rich history but explore new and interesting takes on fairies as well. We want urban fairies and arctic fairies, steampunk fairies, time-traveling and digital fairies. We want stories that bridge traditional and modern styles and while we’re at it, we want stories about fairy-like creatures too. Bring us your sprites, your pixies, your seelies and unseelies, silkies, goblins or gnomes, brownies and imps. We want them all. We’re looking for lush settings, beautiful prose and complex characters.
About the anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is a master procrastinator and nap connoisseur but despite that she somehow manages a full professional life. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications includingTesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her website, updated weekly, is at rhondaparrish.com
Open submission period: September 1 – November 30, 2013. Seeking submissions of less than 7,500 words now!
For details, like how to submit, see our Calls for Anthologies. And while you’re there don’t forget to check out the details of our Krampus open call, also seeking submissions until November 30.
Have you ever noticed that, despite the name, there is often a conspicuous absence of fairies in fairy tales? So begins the description of editor Rhonda Parrish’s newest project, Fae, an anthology of original fairy tales — no, not Snow White or Little Red Riding Hood, but the tales of fairies – with an open submission period starting on September 1 and closing November 30, 2013. Keep an eye out for the release of this dazzling project in summer 2014.
Historically speaking fairies have been mischievous or malignant. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. In Fae, we want stories that honor that rich history but explore new and interesting takes on fairies as well. We want urban fairies and arctic fairies, steampunk fairies, time-traveling and digital fairies. We want stories that bridge traditional and modern styles and while we’re at it, we want stories about fairy-like creatures too. Bring us your sprites, your pixies, your seelies and unseelies, silkies, goblins or gnomes, brownies and imps. We want them all. We’re looking for lush settings, beautiful prose and complex characters.
For more details about submitting to the anthology see our submission page, Calls for Anthologies. And while you’re there, check out the details of the Krampus anthology if your writing bent runs more toward devils than sprites.
About the anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is a master procrastinator and nap connoisseur but despite that she somehow manages a full professional life. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief ofNiteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her website, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com
Top image credit: SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT, (painting) 1879 by John Atkinson Grimshaw.
Chicago, IL (June 4, 2013) – World Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) has announced the digital release of The King of Ash and Bones, and Other Stories, a short story collection by Rebecca Roland, today, Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
An exiled man returns to his family and the life he left behind. A king is determined to avenge his people. A man doomed to die gives his wife her greatest wish. A suspected affair leads to a shocking and wondrous surprise. Roland works her magic again in this four-story collection of eerie and enchanting works, including Rasmus’s story from after Shards of History.
You can also find The King of Ash and Bones on Goodreads.
As previously announced, Shards of History, also by Rebecca Roland, is now available in paperback and ebook (find it too on Goodreads). Praise for Shards of History:
“One of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read. Suspenseful, entrapping, and simply … well, let’s just say that Shards of History reminds us of why we love books in the first place. 5 out of 5 stars!” — Good Choice Reading
“Fast-paced, high-stakes drama in a fresh fantasy world. Rebecca Roland is a newcomer to watch!” — James Maxey, author of Greatshadow: The Dragon Apocalypse
“A must for any fantasy reader. Prepare to be taken by storm with Rebecca Roland fever!” — Plasma Frequency