September 2nd, 2014
Polish your manuscript, kill all your darlings! Belladonna Publishing accepts novel submissions between October 15 and November 15, looking for one or two glittering gems to be published in 2015.
We’re looking for fiction between 60 000 – 120 000 words (adult)/50 000 – 80 000 words (Young Adult).
We will read manuscripts in all speculative genres. We are, however, not likely to accept high fantasy or hardcore science fiction.
We will publish in English and maybe one or more of the Scandinavian languages, the book(s) will be marketed accordingly.
Submission: Only completed manuscripts. Send us the whole file (standard formatting) and a synopsis (.doc, .rtf or .pdf). Please name your files author’s last name and story title. Example: meyer twilight.doc/.rtf/.pdf and meyer twilight synopsis.doc/.rtf/.pdf.
Write a few words about yourself in the body of the e-mail if we haven’t worked with you before.
Language: This time we will only read submissions in English.
Publishing details: Print and e-book.
Payment: Offer to be determined based on manuscript length and type of project.
Simultaneous submissions: Yes
Multiple submissions: No
Send your submission to: email@example.com
Subject line: Submission, novel: name of your story.
Deadline: We will only accept submissions between October 15 and November 15 2014.
We’re looking forward to your submission!
May 23rd, 2014
In many beloved fairy tales, a girl or boy is discovered to be more than their appearances suggest. Cinderella, for instance, although a royal child in most versions, becomes a scullery maid because she is de-classed by her step-family. In Donkeyskin, a daughter escapes the lust of her father the king by wearing an animal’s skin. In both these stories, the heroine is eventually recognized and elevated to her true status by a prince; her value is recognized.
The real goal of such fairy tales can be explained as how to steadfastly stick to your own values and by doing so reveal your worth. It’s not so much the words “prince” or “princess” that appeal to us; it’s the implicit recognition of inner worth that is symbolized by social status.
Of course their value as girls is to be faithful, to endure, to steadfastly maintain their part of the social order.
And that’s why Twelve Dancing Princesses appeals to me—because in this story, they don’t.
These princesses have a secret world—sex, obviously, because the door to the world is beneath their beds and because they wear out their shoes (a metaphor for vaginas). But clearly that underworld also indicates freedom. They are away from their father’s rule; they have found their own realm. It’s a threat to society! How will anyone know who the children belong to if girls make their own way in the world?
In most fairy tales, it’s the hero or heroine who gets supernatural help to overcome tests and trials. But in this case, the supposed “savior” is the destroyer. He has served his country and is a wounded soldier, which is itself interesting. He is not royal; he is not even young or physically alluring. Instead, he is a reminder of public duty, and as such is appropriate for putting the girls in their proper place. He will be raised to royalty if and only if he can restore the king’s rule.
The solider does in fact find out their secret, which is that they “dance” when they shouldn’t. The revelation here will be of their sins and thus it’s the reverse of the normal story arc. The sisters have to have their hidden life taken from them. They have to lose their personal kingdom or the stiff structure of society will fray. The fairy tale is on the father’s side.
But I am on their side. In my own version of the tale, I changed the outcome to suit them and not their father. Let them have their joy. Yes, it’s true that they get into trouble in my story when trying to pretend to be sons rather than daughters—but that’s because they copy the patterns of men they’ve seen. In a different world, they might have had more fun with it. But it’s the daughters, again, who oust the fake brothers from what looks alarmingly like a matriarchy in the making. There’s no way to have a secret world within a restricted society without having the determination and courage to make it all work. It’s not a golden goose, it’s not a magic bean. It’s hard work and imagination.
So I remade the kingdom. Why not?
Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 70 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies. She has published four novels and two story collections with university and small presses, and her last collection was chosen for Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2013 list. She has received an O. Henry award, been shortlisted for a Pushcart prize, for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award and the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction. Permuted Press just published her novel, Glorious Plague, about a beautiful apocalypse.
April 25th, 2014
April 18th, 2014
We are thrilled to announce the release of Black Apples, 18 new fairytales. Now available in print from Amazon.com, and with Kindle- and e-book editions right around the corner.
The collection features stories from eighteen international authors, each with their own take on the fairytale princess and the mythos surrounding her. In this book you’ll find less pink and lace, more dark and delicious!
In Snow Child by Molly Pinto Madigan we meet a queen who races against time, fights mirrors and the increasing power of the Snow Child with ugly shirts and full-fat apple pies.
Twelve Sisters, Twelve Sisters Ten by Karen Heuler presents twelve sisters who spend their nights dancing under the waves. There is, of course, no way their father – or society – will let them.
In Deus Ex Machina by Caren Gussoff, The Wicked Witch has a problem when the Fair Maiden turns out to be needy prey.
In Alison Littlewood’s Bluebeard’s Child a heart is drawn upon the wall every time a mother leaves. The growing pains of Bluebeard’s child is not like any other’s…
In Sickly Sweet by Ephiny Gale the silver hands are bent on building; with sugar, spices and chocolate, until the children arrives at the gingerbread house.
Bunny’s Lucky Slipper by Pat R Steiner introduces us to Carolyn, who has stolen from the temple and is on the run. Armed with her childhood favorite book, she embarks on a quest to find the story’s elusive author.
In Every Heart is Cold Dark Matter, Nadia Bulkin’s fairytale, Melanie of Krepshire is marked as “the unlucky princess”. Add the appearance of a threatening comet, a mad prophet and peculiar incidents involving rodents, and Princess Melanie’s future is no longer certain…
In Citizen by David Turnbull, Rapuntzel is imprisoned – again. Can a hatbox of hair save the day?
Nicki Vardon gives us Everyone Else has Two Eyes: When her mother and sisters slays the little goat – Kaksi’s only friend – she gets creative with threads and a needle. Kaksi is born with two eyes, and is the ugliest child Mama Louhi ever born.
Scar by Elin Olausson tells the story of the Queen of Debre who dearly wanted a daughter. In the end, she got one: beautiful Stella; dressed in silk and velvets, adorned with pearls and precious stones…
Harsh Beauty by Martine Helene Svanevik asks: what if Belle’s love for the beast did not extend to the prince underneath?
In Cloaks and Hoods by Angela Rega, Soleil takes out the fur and wears it in through the night, every time the memories comes seeping through the walls like moss and vines.
In The Shadow and the Snake by Natalia Theodoridou we visit a Palace, once upon a time, and a Girl and a Snake and a Shadow.
In Coyote and the Girl in the Red Dress by Rose Williamson the girl in the red dress dances too close to the handsome man. Coyote walks the city streets, until he picks up her scent of fear.
In Sarah L Byrne’s A Winter Evening a curse has been placed, and a love must be saved. A princess must walk between worlds to see it done.
In Enkesonnen by Alex Petri, Felix, once an enchanted prince, does not fit in his own fairytale. Cyphrian, slayed the troll and set Felix free, but where does Felix fit in this ‘happily ever after’?
And Gold in Her Eyes by Maigen Turner: No one told you what came of unions between fair maidens and beasts. How do you love a child who begs your forgiveness with dead mice and larks on the stairs?
Finally, in Godmother Death by Kate O’Connor, Death’s goddaughter walks in shadows. Then there is a ball, a slipper of glass, and a King with shadows of his own…
Please enjoy! Spread the word! We hope you’ll be as thrilled with our fairytales as we are!
April 8th, 2014
Tuesday Candy is back! And today we want to share some absolutely beautiful fairytale short films, from none other than the stop-motion master himself:
(June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013)
Hansel and Gretel
Little Red Riding Hood
The Story of King Midas