Please read the following in entirety before submitting. I am extremely busy and run EC alone--editing, money, time, everything. Please read on. The rules are needed.
Here is how you submit:
******No unsolicited work of any kind is being accepted. Only the kind of submissions outlined below will be accepted at EC.
-- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. That's for submissions only.
***All questions, but no submissions, should be sent to email@example.com.
-- 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 try to 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. Do not indent for new paragraphs. Just do an extra return between them. My publishing platform is tricky.Heavy dialogue is very hard to format. Resist the urge. Most classic tales are not heavy on dialogue.
-- Your submission must include how you follow EC. Methods include something Google related, 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. For clarifications, go here: http://bit.ly/27Y2FNI
-- 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-- Only previously unpublished work, please.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 and mid-summer, July: fairy godmothers, September: ghosts, November: the new year.
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
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, extensive worldbuilding, time-travel, futuristic, space travel, western. Oh, and I hate love triangles. Also, EC is NOT a children's publication. Period.
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. Please think of the classic fairy tale form when writing poems or stories.
Notification of Success, Payment
-- Story pay: $30, Poem pay: $10. US dollars only.
-- 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 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.