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  • Book Review: What the Moon Gave Her by Christi Steyn

    The poems in Christi Steyn’s collection What the Moon Gave Her revolve around the theme of self-discovery through the natural world. Divided into six chapters (“birth by the ocean”, “you plucked too many petals”, “how to grow wings”, “dancing dolphins”, “full moon/bloom”, and “two trees intertwined”), the book explores metaphorical birth, awakening, and connection. The poems are often personal with Steyn advocating “if you cannot write poetry / write about yourself my dear / there in the lines / a poem will appear.” This excerpt is similar in style and tone to many of the poems in the book which directly address the reader and use simple rhyme. Several poems suggest the reader connect with nature to “become a waterfall” or “let [your] wings grow”. Some poems meditate on the pains of romantic break up, isolation, and loneliness, while others unfold as lists such as “how to be invincible” or “how to become love”. An interesting series of poems sets out to explain colors to someone who can’t see, and a standout in the collection, “hands and names”, uses the moving image of the hands of the poet’s grandmother to explore love and loss. The poems are scattered with simple pen and ink drawings that match the mood of the collection. Although I didn’t find any memorable stanzas and was sometimes underwhelmed by the simple use of rhyme scheme, there are many pieces which may resonate with female readers who have experienced friendship, doubt, love, loss, and spiritual awakening. Like the moon in the title, the collection offers readers the potential for beautiful transformation. You can purchase the book here. Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Kelly Jarvis teaches classes in literature, writing, and fairy tale at Central Connecticut State University, The University of Connecticut, and Tunxis Community College. She lives, happily ever after, with her husband and three sons in a house filled with fairy tale books. She is also The Fairy Tale Magazine's special project’s writer.

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    Check out Kate's fabulous finds that you can enjoy, too! This week's pick: The Fairy Tale Magazine Zazzle Store Today’s pick might seem self-serving, but Fairy Tale Magazine is operating as a nonprofit as of Jan. 1, 2023, so here I go. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, please consider going to our Zazzle store. You’ll notice it still has the “Enchanted Conversation” connection, but with all that we have to do, we haven’t gotten to that change yet. Rest assured, the money we get is a help to FTM, and we’re proud of our products! We’ve got gorgeously designed T shirts (thanks Amanda!) and totes and notebooks galore. We’ve got magnets and mugs and more. Every cent will help this publication! And I can recommend what’s for sale with confidence, because I’ve bought many of the items myself, and know they are solid quality and always look good. My current favorites are the plain logo T shirt and the Cinderella in silhouette notebook, not to mention the Queen of Mirth tote bag, but you’ll find a lot to choose from. And all items have our Gold Age of Illustration/Art Nouveau vibe! I don’t know what the biggest sales will be in the next week, as it can be hard to find that info out at Zazzle, but if you check this Friday or next Monday, you’ll find great deals! The image is a screenshot of our storefront at Zazzle, designed by the inimitable Amanda. Until next week, stay enchanted!

  • Throwback Thursday: Spells of Cast Iron by Sara Cleto & Brittany Warman

    Editor’s note: Food and spells. Food as spells. Completely irresistible and so we didn’t resist it! Brittany and Sara are scholar poets who are also terrific teachers of folklore and writing, so enjoy this magical Throwback Thursday poem! There are spells of cast iron we know with lines that echo, soft and low, in our minds, in our hearts, that help us not to fall apart. The simplest one is easy to make, soothing to mix, cleansing to bake, a bit of milk, vanilla flower, cinnamon for spice and power. The brightest pumpkin from your path, a few quick tears and buried wrath, a circle of protective salt, the knowledge that it's not your fault. We sugar the spell a bit too sweet, get distracted, drag our feet, But it comes together, nonetheless, this easeful comfort we possess. And when the world is just too much, we let our lips this hearth spell touch - and in that act of letting go, our next right steps begin to glow. Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman are award-winning folklorists, teachers, and writers. Together, they founded The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, teaching creative souls how to re-enchant their lives through folklore and fairy tales. Their fiction and poetry can be found in Enchanted Living, Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine, Liminality, and others. Image by Ilze Lucero, from Unsplash.

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  • Submissions | FairyTaleMag

    Submissions ​ The following is relevant to all submissions for 2023 for The Fairy Tale Magazine. Writing opportunities for 2023 include: New Fairy Tales: Fairy tales that are almost or entirely new or are just new takes on old tales are all welcome. Mashups of existing fairy tales are welcome as well. Submissions must follow the theme below to be considered. Poetry: Poetry inspired by fairy tales and that follows the theme is also welcome. ​ The theme for the year is love—more below. HERE IS HOW YOU SUBMIT AND FORMAT AND WHEN Only the kind of submissions outlined below will be accepted at The Fairy Tale Magazine (FTM) in 2023. Here are the submission periods for both stories and poems: Dec. 1, 2022 at 12 a.m., EST, through Jan. 2, 2023, at 11:59 p.m., EST. This will be the window for works that will be published in the March and June issues of FTM. The second and last submission period for 2023 will be from May 1, 2023 at 12 a.m., EST to June 2, at 11:59 p.m., EST. This will be the window for works that will be published in the September and December issues of FTM. There will only be four issues. No submissions will be considered or acknowledged if received outside of the windows stated above. You submit through email only. Please use this address only: thefairytalemagazine@gmail.com . That is for submissions only. ​ Your last name, the publication month you are submitting for, and the year should be in the subject line of the email of your submission. Example: If you are submitting for publication in March 2023 and your last name is Smith, you should write Smith, March 2023 in the subject line. ​ You must be 18 years old or older, but may be from any country. Only works in English, please. You should try to use American English word forms and punctuation. ​ Do not send attachments. They will not be opened or considered. Paste your work in the body of an email. No fancy spacing or characters, please. Do not indent for new paragraphs. Just do an extra return between them. Please, single space between lines and after sentences. And please include a title. ​ A bio in the third person and no more than 50 words should be in the submission email below the story. Even if you have been published in our magazine before, we need a new third person bio every time. ​ You should include a word count below the story. ​ A Paypal address must be included. Without one, work will not be considered. (Please do not email or message anyone at FTM asking what PayPal is and how to use it.) ​ Only previously unpublished work, please. ​ Only one work per writer per submission period. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but once we have accepted a story or poem for publication, we expect authors to withdraw their submissions from other publications. ​ RIGHTS First and all electronic and digital rights and print rights for a yearbook edition of the magazine are being sought, as are rights to use the work for promoting and to benefit FTM in perpetuity, although you will retain the right to withdraw consent for using your work in promotional efforts after one year from publication. We are also buying the first podcast, YouTube, and all potential digital media rights to your work. ​ Once a work is digitally published in FTM, you are free to shop it elsewhere—meaning electronic and digital rights revert to you immediately after publishing. And once a work is published in the print edition of FTM, you may sell the print rights elsewhere, but The Fairy Tale Magazine will continue to sell or publish your work as part of the digital magazine, on media platforms such as YouTube and on podcasts platforms and the print yearbook indefinitely. THEME AND CONTENT The theme for 2023 is "LOVE,” with romance preferred, but love between friends, family members, pets and their humans, etc., will be considered as well. ​ We are also very open to the stories and poems focusing on seasonal holidays, like solstice celebrations, Halloween, Hanukkah, etc. However, while holiday based stories and poems are very welcome, you still need to include the theme. ​ Stories must be PG in terms of content. A lot of young kids find our site, even though it’s not a kids publication. We have to bear that in mind. (See below.) ​ Content definitely does not have to feature the traditional white, princess and prince love story. ​ Remember, stories and poems must have the theme in them, even though it needn’t be a huge part of the story. Do bear in mind that all fairy tale related fiction and poetry needs an element of the supernatural—as well as transformation. Transformation is a huge deal for the 2023 publishing year. ​ The essence of classic fairy tales should be maintained when you write these stories and poems. Kate tends to prefer things to end happily, but it's not absolutely essential. ​ Absolutely none of the following for any submissions: Sci-fi, lengthy grossout descriptions of bodily functions or injuries, dystopian, descriptions of people’s bodies through the objectifying eyes of the protagonist, erotica, high fantasy, vampires, stage magic, excessive world building (a.k.a., info dumps), time-travel, extreme horror/gore, futuristic, space travel, western, love triangles and any form of romance that is not between humans or human-like creatures like fairies. ​ Also, The Fairy Tale Magazine is NOT a young children's publication. Period. We see this as a 15 years of age and older publication. Yes, we know young children will see our work, but it’s definitely for teenagers and older. The Fairy Tale Magazine prefers “own voices.” Follow this link to learn more about what “own voices” means. It's essential that you read past stories, poems, and nonfiction to see what we will publish. ​ ​ WORD COUNT Length of stories is 1,000 to 5,000 words, but 1,000 to 3.500 is preferred. Poems must be no longer than 500 words. In the case of stories, remember that when you write more than 1,000 words, your pay per word drops, as we pay a flat rate of $50. NOTIFICATION OF SUCCESS & PAYMENT Please read the following completely before submitting: ​ You will receive a response telling you Kate has received your submission. You will not receive a notice of rejection. No editorial feedback of any kind will be provided. We will not justify editorial decisions either. We just do not have the time. We get well over one thousand submissions a year and are a tiny staff. ​ Only emails of acceptance will be sent. ​ Also, the chosen authors will be announced on the blog at fairytalemagazine.com. The authors whose work will be featured in the March and June editions should be announced on the site blog on Feb. 1, 2023. The authors whose work will be featured in the September and December issues should be announced on the site blog on July 1, 2023. If your work is not chosen and announced on the site, then FTM has no claim on it. ​ If your work is not chosen and announced on the site, then FTM has no claim on it. ​ Payment for all works is $50. There will also be a contract for you to sign. A Paypal address must be included. Without one, work will not be considered. ​ All things being equal, authors who support The Fairy Tale Magazine will get greater consideration of their work. FTM depends on its fans, and deeply appreciates them. We are a community, not just a magazine. However, quality always takes precedence over all other considerations. ​ A great way to get started with supporting our site is to sign up for our newsletter. It’s free and filled with goodies you’ll probably appreciate, so sign up and read it! ​ For questions only, but not for submissions, contact Kate at katewolford1@gmail.

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