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Taking Submissions: Grimm Retold

April 19

Deadline: April 19th, 2024
Payment: $25 for stories 2000 – 5000 words (after edits), $35 for stories 5000 – 8000 words (after edits), $15 for poems, $10 for reprints
Theme: Horror and dark fantasy collection of Dark Grimm Fairy Tales, retold in new and horrific ways.
Note: Reprints Welcome

Open for submission February 9th – April 19th

Fairy Tales can be frightening, and while many have been watered down over the years, their grim roots are steeped in black magic, forced marriage, abduction, murder, curses and cannibalism.

And we’re here for it.

Grimm Retold is a horror and dark fantasy collection of Dark Grimm Fairy Tales, retold in new and horrific ways.

We’re looking for stories 2000 – 8000 words

and Poems 1 – 4 pages

 email a brief cover letter, bio and attached full manuscript, .doc or .docx formatted to standard Shunn Manuscript style to

[email protected]

$25 for stories 2000 – 5000 words (after edits)

$35 for stories 5000 – 8000 words (after edits)

$15 for poems

$10 for reprints

Stories should be based on specific Grimm Fairy Tales and recognizable to their source material, even if they drastically diverge from them. We want voice-y weird and terrifying. We welcome blood, violence and gore, but be careful with gratuitous and exploitive sexual violence, and keep it away from children and animals. (To be clear, there are many fairy tales with children and animals in danger and killed, but watch how those are described)

We would particularly love to receive retellings from the perspective of other cultures or marginalized points of view.

Tentative Release Date: September 2024

Some ideas:

The Robber Bridegroom

Sleeping Beauty

The Goose Girl

The Juniper Tree


Hansel and Gretel

And for your reference here is a link to a List of All Grimm Fairy Tales


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We reply to all submissions that do not insult us. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Via: Speculation Publications.


April 19


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