March 27, 2017

March 30 Diamonds and Toads Issue Window Closes

 

Although EC is getting tons of page views thanks to the excellent work of the authors in the "Steadfast Tin Soldiers," there are fewer submissions than usual. 

Maybe people are tired of writing about old fairy tales. There are still a lot of submissions, and the competition is still stiff, but as with the Steadfast issue, there not as many as at the same time last year. Or maybe I'm just over thinking this because I have lots of work to do. And I will do anything to avoid paid writing work. Crazy, I know!

There is enough time to whip up a story or poem. Read the story and let your imagination fly. And "Mother Holle"-inspired works are also welcome.

Image by Margaret Evans Price.


11 comments

  1. Still one of my all time favorite fairy tales! ~ Luisa

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  2. Are there fewer submissions because people don't know these stories as well as the usual suspects - Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast? Personally, I have always liked this story.

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  3. You'll take a "Mother Holle"?? Okay, I'll have to submit one then!

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  4. Maybe because these are slightly less familiar fairytales?

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  5. I didn't realize submissions had to be tied to a specific story. I was under the impression that the theme could be used at one's discretion.

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    1. Hi Kevin:
      Could you please tell me if you read that the themes are at a writer's discretion? Was it on another site? There is a lot of very bad information about EC floating around the internet, misleading writers who would like to submit.

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    2. Kevin:
      I double checked the guidelines, and they do say this:
      "At the same time, your works should reflect the chosen theme, or there is no chance of publication." Please let me know if you have read other information elsewhere.

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  6. Hi Kate. I use Duotrope but always go to publisher websites to make sure I know the specific submission guidelines. I didn't see anything that said the theme had to be tied to a specific tale. Obviously, old fairy tales can be told in a new way, but I thought we could create our own fairy tale as well (as long as we stayed within the theme). If I misunderstood this, it's no big deal. I can always post my story on my blog.

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    1. Well, you're not totally wrong. You don't have to literally tell the tale. If your story or poem has a tie to the theme story, you are okay. For example, if diamonds and toads and two sisters are in your story, and it's a fairy tale, then you haven't blown the theme idea.

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    2. Call me stupid. I didn't realize the theme was relating to the actual Diamonds and Toads fairy tale. I thought it was a "create your own fairy tale" that had to include something relating to diamonds and toads. I really botched that one. Anyway, it's never a bad thing to write, and it will give my followers something to read since it obviously won't qualify for your theme. Thanks.

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    3. I will not call you stupid. At least you are thinking it through. Many people who submit never bother. This site has a lot of rules. I have to, or the site would overwhelm me.

      I do hope to see future submissions from you.

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