Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, will relaunch and the first chosen submissions will be published in March. Writing opportunities include:
“Fairy Tale of the Month.” Just as it says, one new fairy tale will be published each month. Just one. For a total of 10 for 2020.
“Enchanted Essays”: Two nonfiction articles about fairy tales will also be chosen each month. The term “essay” just means you’ll be writing about fairy-tale related matters in a nonfiction article. Creative nonfiction is welcome.
So, taken together, three new pieces will be published each month, starting in March.
Please read the following in its entirety before submitting. The rules are needed, and I will not consider your work if they have not been followed.
Why so many rules? Because there's only one of me. I’m not trying to be mean. I promise. I’m aware that these guidelines seem a bit over the top, but they really help me cope with editing the site.
The entire year has a theme for the 10 fairy tales that EC will run. It's angels. Angels may figure big or small in your story, and other otherworldly figures like fairies may be substituted, but, overall, the entire fiction year will feature winged entities, with angels being preferred, but not absolutely essential. So don't send me a story without an otherworldly winged entity in it. For more on angels, look HERE.
Want to know what is likely to get published here? There 12 years of stories, essays and art on this site. It’s the best place to start if you want to be published here.
HERE IS HOW YOU SUBMIT:
Only the kind of submissions outlined below will be accepted at EC.
* Writers will have a chance to submit fairy-tale inspired stories 10 times this year, and there are 20 slots for nonfiction. Only short stories and essays will be considered. This year, no poems, graphic art or anything else will be considered beyond what is outlined above.
* Here are the submission periods for both fiction and non-fiction: Each month, the window will open for 72 hours to submit for publication the next month. From 12 a.m. on the first of the month to 11:59 p.m. on the third day on the month. Those are Eastern Standard Times. Example: For March, the window will open at 12 a.m. February 1. It will close at 11:59 p.m., EST, on Feb. 3.
* No submissions will be considered if received outside of the windows stated above.
* No queries, please.
* You submit through email only. Please use this address only: email@example.com. That's for submissions only.
* Your last name, the month you are submitting for, and the year should be in the subject line of the email of your submission.
* You must be 18 years old or older, but may be from any country. Only works in English, please.
* You should try to use American English word forms and punctuation.
* Do not send attachments. They will not be opened or considered. Paste your work in the body of an email.
* You will receive a response telling you I have received your submission.
* No editorial feedback of any kind will be provided. I will not justify editorial decisions either.
* No fancy spacing or characters, please. Do not indent for new paragraphs. Just do an extra return between them. My publishing platform is tricky. For fiction writers: Heavy dialogue is very hard to format. Resist the urge. When it comes to fiction, remember that classic fairy tales are not heavy on dialogue.
* Please also include your social media platforms and how many followers you have on each at the bottom of the submission.
* A bio in the third person and no more than 50 words should be in the submission email below the story. You should also include a word count below the story.
* A Paypal address must be included. Without one, work will not be considered.
* Only previously unpublished work, please. Only one work per writer per submission period.
* First electronic rights are being bought. Once the story or essay is published, you are free to shop it elsewhere. EC will keep the work indefinitely on the site unless you request that I remove it.
* Your story must come with a title.
* All things being equal, authors who comment and support EC will get greater consideration of their work. But quality takes precedence over all other considerations.
* All questions, but no submissions, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, angels are the theme for 2020, when it comes to the fiction issues. The essays can be about any fairy tale subject. When each window for submissions opens, a theme-related post will be published. Please read the relevant post before writing your submission.
WORD COUNT and CONTENT
The fairy tales should be no shorter than 1200 words and no longer than 2500. These are firm numbers. The essence of classic fairy tales should be maintained when you write these stories. You are free to explore themes by retelling a classic tale--but in your own way and in keeping with the theme. Or you can write an entirely new fairy tale from scratch. I tend to prefer things to end happily, but it's not essential. Please think of the classic fairy tale form when writing stories.
The essays should be between 900-1200 words. You may explore any aspect of fairy tale culture, as long as it is original. Scattering several links to outside sources throughout the essay is a good idea.
Absolutely none of the following for any submissions: Sci-fi, dystopian, erotica, high fantasy, excessive world building, time-travel, futuristic, space travel, western, love triangles. Also, EC is NOT a children's publication. Period. It's essential that you read past EC stories and nonfiction to see what I will publish going forward. EC is a web publication only.
NOTIFICATION OF SUCCESS and PAYMENT
Fairy tale pay if chosen: $100. US dollars only. Essays: $50. US dollars only. Payment is sent upon publication.
* Again, EC is buying first world electronic rights only. So when the work is published here you are free to publish or sell it elsewhere. EC will keep the story or essay indefinitely on the site unless you request that we remove it.
* Payment will be made through PayPal only.
* Non-acceptance emails will not be sent out. Instead, the names of those whose works are chosen will be posted on EC no later than seven days after the window closes. Example: In February, it will be on the 10th. If your story is on the published chosen list, I will contact you at the email address you used to submit. You have 72 hours to respond to my acceptance email. In other words, do not abandon your submission.
* Once the chosen works are announced, and if yours was not chosen, that's my way of communicating my editorial decision. Shop the story elsewhere. There are many great publication sites out there. Go for it. I mean that sincerely.
* The chosen fairy tale will be published on the first day of a month. So, the first story will be on March 2. The essays will be published on the second and third Mondays of the month.
Image (altered) originally by Abbott Handerson Thayer.