I am stoked to announce that World Weaver Press and I will be teaming up to publish a brand new series of anthologies! Whoot whoot!
The series name is named ‘Punked Up Fairy Tales’. As the name implies, each anthology in the series will be filled with twisted fairy tales. If all goes well there will be a steampunk fairy tales anthology, and a cyberpunk fairy tales anthology, and a solarpunk fairy tales anthology… you get the idea 🙂
The very first volume, Grimm, Grit and Gasoline, will be a dieselpunk and decopunk fairy tales anthology!
GRIMM, GRIT, AND GASOLINE: An anthology of Dieselpunk and Decopunk Fairy Tales
Expected Publication: mid-2019
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Payment: $50 per story*
*We may run a crowdfunding campaign to increase author payments. Watch for updates.
Dieselpunk and decopunk are alternative history reimaginings of the WWI and WWII eras beginning with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and ending before the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’m looking for tales with the grit of roaring bombers, rumbling tanks, of ‘We Can Do It’, the Great Depression and old time gangsters or the glamour (real or imagined) of flappers, Hollywood starlets, smoky jazz, elegant cars and Radio City Music Hall.Plus fairy tales.
For example: a ‘mend and make do’ take on the Elves and the Shoemaker, a trench warfare version of The Emperor’s New Clothes, or Hansel and Gretel as Bonnie and Clyde. The possibilities are limitless.
Original fairy tales are welcome, as are retellings. If you choose to retell a familiar favourite, make sure your story offers something new and interesting. I’d rather see stories that reflect the long history of fairy tales as social commentary than those which simply tell the same story with a different setting.
And while dieselpunk tends to be focused on North America and Western Europe, this anthology needn’t be. I am open to stories set all over the world, and would love to see ‘Own Voices’ stories.
I’m super stoked but this one is going to require some patience — submissions won’t open until August, and the resulting anthology won’t be out until mid-2019.
On the plus side, if you’re an author that gives you lots of time to think up, write and polish your submission and if you’re a reader I have lots of other books coming out between now and then to keep you busy so the waiting isn’t too painful 😉