Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sleeping Beauty and Snow Prize Collected

Coral has collected her prize! The winning entry will be posted in the next few days!
Congrats to her!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Winner, Sleeping Beauty and Snow Contest

It's Coral Rosario, for "As My Lady Sleeps." Coral, please contact me ASAP to collect your $100 through PayPal. You contact me at

You all did a fabulous job! Thank you!

Eye Candy:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

EC Bi-Monthly Issues to Resume

Starting in January 2016, bimonthly issues will resume at Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine. 

Please read the following in entirety before submitting. I am extremely busy and run EC alone--editing, money, time, everything.

Here is how you submit:

-- Six times a year, writers and poets will have a chance to submit fairy-tale inspired stories and poems. No non-fiction of any kind.
-- Here are the submission periods: Months--January, March, May, July, September, November.
Days of those months--the first through the 30th. That's starting at 12 a.m. on the first day of a submission month. That's ending at 11:59 p.m. of the 30th of a submission month (28th for February) Those are Eastern Standard Times.
-- No stories or poems will be accepted in the following months, so please do not send any: February, April, June, August, October, December.
-- You submit through email only. Please use this address only: That's for submissions only.

***All questions, but no submissions, should be sent to

-- Your last name, the month and the year should be in the subject line of the email.
-- You must be 18 years old or older, but may be from any country.
-- You must use American English word forms and punctuation.
-- No former or current students of mine are eligible.
-- 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'm sorry about that. I just do not have the time.
-- No fancy spacing or characters, please. My publishing platform is tricky. 
-- Your submission must include how you follow EC. Methods include Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest (the board called New Posts at Enchanted Conversation). You only need to follow in one way. But if you don't follow, your work will not be considered.
-- 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-- Only previously unpublished work, please.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 is published, you are free to shop it elsewhere.
-- 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.


Each of the six submission periods for 2016 will have a theme. Here they are:
January: Valentine's Day, March: rain, May: Summer solstice, July: fairy godmothers, September: trees, November: the new year. 

Word Count and Content

Stories should be no shorter than 700 words and no longer than 3,000.

Poems may be of any length.

Absolutely none of the following: Sci-fi, dystopian, erotica, high fantasy, world building, time-travel, futuristic, space travel, western. Oh, and I hate love triangles.

It's essential that you read past EC stories and poems to see what I publish. Also, Beyond the Glass Slipper, Krampusnacht and Frozen Fairy Tales give great insight into what I publish. You can find them at Amazon, B&N and other booksellers. All are available in ebook form.

The essence of classic fairy tales must be maintained when you write these stories. Your are free to explore themes by retelling a classic tale--but in your own way and in keeping with the theme. I tend to prefer things to end happily, but it's not essential.

Notification of Success, Payment

-- Story pay: $20, Poem pay: $10. US dollars only.
-- Payment will be made through PayPal only.
-- Non-acceptance emails will not be sent out. Instead, those who are chosen will be posted on EC no later than the 7th of the month following a submission month.
-- The winners will be published by the end of the non-submission month following a submission month. Example: January is a submission month. Winners will be posted no later than February 7 and winners will be published by the last day of February.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Goodreads Discussion Nov.13--Giveaway Extra

On Nov. 13, from noon to 2 p.m., EST, I'll be hosting a discussion about Frozen Fairy Tales and fairy tales in general. It's at Goodreads. Here's the link:

I think you need to be a Goodreads member to take part, but that's easy to do.

If you take part, you'll get an extra chance to enter the ebook giveaway of Frozen Fairy Tales that's coming up very soon.

Hope to see you soon! Here's a lovely illustration by Amanda Bergloff, whose story in FFT, "Happily Ever After," inspired the image.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Please Help Promote Frozen Fairy Tales

Hi All:
If you like EC, please help promote Fozen Fairy Tales.

"Why should I do that?" you may be asking. Good question. The first and best answer is that Frozen Fairy Tales is a very good book. You'll like it if you like fairy tales. These stories offer a wide variety of well-imagined tales in a satisfying range of settings and with a great, often unexpected array of characters. Plus, you know, winter.

Second: If you like EC, buy the book. The book is bursting with the kind of stories you used to find here. If I can ever return to a regular story publishing format, it will be because of the boost having a successful book gives me. 

I don't mean a financial boost. Money is nice, but book sales do not make many people rich. A minuscule amount of book writers and editors can live off of their earnings. It's the psychological boost it gives me. Someday, I'll explain here just how overwhelming my job is, and you will understand. It's not the hardest job in the world by a long shot, but college teaching is changing rapidly, in startling ways (and I don't mean technology--that I can handle). Being involved with the fairy tale world helps keep me motivated and positive.

So, in short, please buy the book! Indicate that you want to read it on Goodreads. Leave honest reviews, if you'd like. Any of those efforts really matter to me.

Here's me:

Thank you.

Oh, one more important thing you can do to support the book--enter the flash writing contest. Here's the link:

Book info link:

Yours in enchantment,
Kate Wolford