April 3, 2017

Stories Similar to 'Donkeyskin'


We will be working on getting the "Diamonds and Toads" issue out this month, and you should expect the list of chosen authors by the end of this week.

As you may know, submissions for our next theme will need to be inspired by "Donkeyskin," which you can read more about here: https://tinyurl.com/mzpf4ut
However, "Donkeyskin," by Charles Perrault, is a tale not everyone wants to work with, for reasons which will become clear by following the link above, if you are unfamiliar with the tale. 

As a result, writers and poets interested in submitting for the "Donkeyskin," edition, but who aren't thrilled about the Perrault version, may use similar tales as inspiration, like "Cap O Rushes," "Catskin," or "Tattercoats." Please do let me know in your submission that you are using a similar tale to "Donkeyskin." 

Also, the submission window for the "Donkeyskin" issue opens May 1 at 12 a.m., and closes May 30 at 12:59 p.m. These are EST times. 

Here are the submission guidelines: https://tinyurl.com/zb3ex9x

And please don't forget that your story should show a thematic link to the the story for that issue.

Not sure where the "Donkeyskin" image above is from, but it is pretty great.


  1. I'm surprised at how brief even the wikipedia entry is on this fairy tale. I can't help but think that a lot hinges on understanding the significance of a donkey skin in older times. But that is something I haven't been able to find, yet. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see what people come up with on this one! ~ Luisa

    1. I think it's just the ick factor on "Donkeyskin." That's why I'm allowing submissions that fall into the "Unnatural Love" category, but that aren't as icky as "Donkeyskin."

  2. Robin McKinley tackled the ick factor in her novel, Deerskin. It's not a read for everyone. I don't know if I'll ever read it again, but I'm glad I read it once.

  3. (Possible double post because my comment disappeared?) For what it's worth, I think that image might be from the Jacques Demy film 'Donkey Skin' (Peau d'ane').

  4. There have been so many beautiful takes on this tale. One of my favorites is "Dresses, Three" by Angela Slatter. I'll be sure to post a link to your call at Timeless Tales. This is an issue I'm really looking forward to. :)

  5. Thanks for writing on this subject and title of fairy tale that is haunting and non appealing to some, but in today's modernistic world awareness of difficult themes in story or realistic setting, with fantasy based origins is important. atk

  6. Thanks! Love this image! I also think it's from that film. Though I must admit I tried to watch it, but couldn't get through it. It wasn't because of the ick factor, but I found the style of the film really off-putting somehow.