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Taking Submissions: After the Happily Ever After

February 20, 2016


Deadline: February 20th 2016
Payment: $5 for stories under 2,000 words and between $10 and $20 for 2,000 and up, depending on the severity of editing needed), plus three author copies (two print and one electronic)

Do you think the Happily Ever After ending in clichéd and overdone? Ever wonder what happened to Snow White after she met her prince? Did Jasmine and Aladdin disagree on how to rule? Was Ariel happy with a man that fell in love with a pretty, mute, little girl? Was Sleeping Beauty really an undercover agent that secretly infiltrated the kingdom? Did Goldilocks get sent to the insane asylum after her encounter with the three bears? Take on both perspectives. Keep the happily ever after ending, make the characters fight and fall in love again, send the princes on challenging new missions, give the princesses a mission, or make the couples divorced and trying to maneuver child custody in their new lives. Whatever your idea, be sure these characters experience something new so that the reader will, too.

Edited By: Anthony S. Buoni & Alisha Costanzo
Submissions Due: 20 February 2016
Release Date: Fall 2016
Send Submissions and Questions to: [email protected]

We are looking for a variety of submissions that transform well-known fairytales into modern, realistic, or fantastical stories. What we want is to see them given new life. We want real characters, real tensions, and real consequences. There is one clincher; don’t make them cheesy. Make them humorous, violent, grotesque, sexy, suspenseful, or satirical—just keep the writing serious. This anthology is intended for mature audiences.  Sex and profanity are acceptable; however, not in excess.  If gory for gore’s sake, or vulgar just to be crude, your story will be rejected.  Themes must be central to plot and character.

-World Creation:
-In-depth characterization of the main character(s)
-Emotional and physical tensions
-Consistent POV (No head hopping)

Submission Guidelines:
-Double spaced, 1” margins, title and author name in header, pagination
-Please use Times New Roman, Courier, Verdana, Arial or Georgia 12 point for submissions.
-Include your real name, address, phone, e-mail, story title, and word count on title page of submission.
-Flash fiction: 100-800 words
-Short Shorts: 800-2,000 words
-Short Stories: 2,000-7,500 words
(Flexibility of word count for short stories considered at editors’ discretion)
-Previously published material will not be considered.
-Please submit in Word (.doc, .rtf, or .docx). Send submissions as an attachment only.  Do no embed this in the body of an e-mail.  If we have trouble opening the document in Word, we will let you know.
-Email subject lines and files should have the name of the anthology, the authors last name and the story title so we can keep them organized.  Example: AHEA_smith_gloom house.
-Original works only; AKA no reprints
-Simultaneous submissions are okay; however, if another anthology obtains your story first, let us know so we don’t infringe.
-Multiple submissions are okay.
-In your submission e-mail, please include a brief bio written in third person so we may include it in the anthology if you’re chosen for publication.
-You may withdraw your short story from consideration at any time, but this request must be made in writing (e-mail acceptable).
-We reserve the right to reject any submissions not following these guidelines.

Payments will be determined on a sliding scale as per word count ($5 for stories under 2,000 words and between $10 and $20 for 2,000 and up, depending on the severity of editing needed), plus three author copies (two print and one electronic).

You retain rights to your story, but we ask for first print and electronic rights for six (6) months after publication date, then you are free to resell it.

Via: Transmundane Press.


February 20, 2016