Introducing Among the Faded Fields, a new fairy tale anthology from Dusk & Shiver Press.
From broken families to impossible quests, we believe that fairy tales remain so powerful and attractive to us throughout our lives because of the emotions they evoke — emotions that evolve and change with us as we grow older. We read them through the lenses of our own experiences, which makes them inherently contemporary. And yet there is something powerful about these stories which remains grounded in the past.
Among the Faded Fields will be a collection of re-imagined fairy and folktales that explores the timeless emotional resonance of these stories.
Why do these tales stay with us throughout our lives? What do they impart to us each time they are told?
And what do they take from us in return?
We are unable to pay authors for their submissions at this time; what we offer is valuable exposure and promotion. That being said, Fields is a contest, with prizes being awarded to the top three submissions:
First Place: $75 cash prize, an original illustration of their story created by Dusk & Shiver‘s Art Director, Brittany Lytle, and an exclusive feature on the Dusk & Shiver site
Second Place: $25 cash prize, an original illustration of their story created by Dusk & Shiver‘s Art Director, Brittany Lytle, and an exclusive feature on the Dusk & Shiver site
Third Place: An original illustration of their story created by Dusk & Shiver‘s Art Director, Brittany Lytle, and an exclusive feature on the Dusk & Shiver site
Entries will be judged through blind readings conducted by the Dusk & Shiver staff. In the event of a tie, an outside judge may be asked to render a final opinion.
Winners will be announced on October 1st, 2019.
The top twenty submissions, chosen through blind readings conducted by the Dusk & Shiver staff, will be included in the Among the Faded Fields anthology. We will be running a Kickstarter with the goal of publishing the anthology as a physical, printed book. Regardless of whether or not the Kickstarter goal is met, however, we will also be publishing the anthology as an eBook. All accepted authors will receive a free copy of the eBook once it is published. Proceeds from the eBook sale will be put towards funding future Dusk & Shiver projects.
Print Edition & Kickstarter
Once the results of the contest have been announced, we will be running a Kickstarter to fund a print edition of the anthology. If we reach our funding goal, all accepted authors will receive a free copy of the paperback anthology, as well as any perks associated with the Kickstarter. Print copies of the anthology will be sold on the Dusk & Shiver website, with all proceeds being put towards funding future D&S projects.
. All stories should be original, previously unpublished works based around a known fairy tale, myth, or piece of folklore. Stories from all cultures and societies are welcome.
. Submissions should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words.
. We are looking for stories with especial emotional resonance. What that emotion is and how you choose to evoke it is entirely up to you, though we encourage authors to remember that Dusk & Shiver generally looks for works in the dark fantasy and horror genres.
. Poetry submissions are acceptable, whether in long form or as a collected grouping of poems. Poetry collections will be judged and accepted as a whole, and not for their individual components; please keep this in mind when organizing your collection.
. All accepted submissions will be edited by Dusk & Shiver‘s Editor in Chief, Crescenda Long, and all edits are at the discretion of the editor. However, in the interest of preserving the creative integrity of the author, edits will be confined to basic grammar and proofreading. Stories in need of major structural editing will not be accepted.
. Submissions should be sent to email@example.com as an attachment in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman font, size 12. The email should include ‘Anthology Submission’ somewhere in the subject line. Because all stories will be read blindly during the judging process, story files should not contain the author’s name anywhere inside the document, including in the header or footer areas. Once accepted, authors will have an opportunity to specify how they would like their name to appear in the anthology.
. The deadline for all submissions is September 1st, 2019.
. Authors who do not follow these submission guidelines may be automatically disqualified from the competition. Please check your work before submitting.
We’re incredibly excited by this project, and cannot wait to see what you come up with! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy writing, darklings!