Grumpy Old Fairytales Call For Submissions

**Cover Change & Update for Fairytales

Submission Call
Grumpy Old Fairy Tales
Volume 1:

We’re branching out of mythology and heading into the realm of Fairy! 

There have been a lot of retellings of classic Fairytales, but we noticed that there were very few GRUMPY retellings.   We’re looking for fun new twists on classic Grimm fairytales and well-known folklore.  Is your tale of little Red Riding Hood told from Granny’s perspective?  Maybe she’s a werewolf? Then you might be writing a story for Grumpy Old Fairy Tales. 

In the grand tradition of fairytales, we have a distinct preference for clever characters that manage to get themselves into and out of deep trouble.  Subvert our expectations and make beloved tales new again by changing the setting, theme, or POV. 

If you give us sparkling dialogue, well-drawn characters, and (most of all) a real ending with a twist, it will make our little editing hearts skip a beat.

We are seeking twisted tales, grumpy retellings from the villain’s perspective, masterful switch-ups where the audience is tricked into seeing the tale they expect to see until the last minute (foreshadowing on this is key to keep readers engaged but not give the game away too soon).  

We much prefer a hopeful, humorous take on the subject and theme. Make the reader chortle, chuckle, or choke on their tea if they drink it at the wrong time.

Be creative with the stories. Show us something we haven’t seen before and most of all, make us laugh!

SUBMISSIONS:

Required: Must have GRUMPY OLD FAIRYTALES VOLUME 1 in the Subject Line of your email. This helps us wade through the correspondence tsunami and spot the right anthology among the hundreds of emails.

So PLEASE be specific. Seriously. We’re begging you guys.  Insane editors edit no anthologies, so if we lose our minds, all the Grumpy fun will end.  

Must include a bio of the author (not that we’re going to judge anyone by their bio…it just makes putting the book together a lot easier if all the information is in the same place).

Social Media and promotion expectations.

No poetry. No plays/screenplays. No matter how amazing your poems are (and some of them have been) we simply don’t have a payment structure in place for something that short. As for screenplays/plays… we don’t have the marketing staff to branch out, and they obviously don’t work in an anthology.

Genre: Speculative Fiction.

Deadline: December 31st, 2021

Payment:  Royalty Split.  

What the heck IS Speculative Fiction?

Well, Wikipedia says… “It encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.”

In our case, we want a fairytale element, but feel free to pick and choose where you set your story. We’re as likely to pick out fairytales in space as we are to enjoy a nice Viking battle set in a Steampunk Edwardian era that never was.

Most of all, for the love of little green gnomes, have fun with it! These stories are meant to be fun for the reader, but it’s our belief that they can’t be for the reader if they aren’t fun for the writer.

So, let that inner Muse out! Feed her pixie sticks, and see how much awesomeness she can cram into 4000 words.

(All Muses must be convinced to write in American English since the Editors of this anthology do not speak Ancient Greek, Latin, Gaelic, Phoenician, or Egyptian.  Also, if you are writing mythology, please submit it to Grumpy Old Gods rather than Grumpy Old Fairytales)

Words: 3000-4000

Rating: PG13-PG17

Submission Format:  Word Doc / RTF format

(No PDFs or Google docs please.  We’re willing to work with you if you need to submit in a different format, just contact us!) All info including BIOs should be submitted in a separate Word Doc RTF format, not in the body of the email.

What rights are we asking for?

We’re asking for the exclusive rights to publish the stories for one year in the anthology and non-exclusive rights thereafter. We prefer first-run rights, but judge each story on its own merit.

Payment:

All authors who participate in the collection will receive an equal portion of the profit per a contract will be signed between the authors and Stormdance before publication. None of the startup costs for the book (book cover, formatting, etc…) will be deducted from the proceeds.

Editors:

Vanessa Wells , Juneta Key, and Vanessa Finaughty.

Submit to: grumpyanthology@gmail.com

Who we are:

Vanessa Wells: Self-professed short story junkie, writer, and editor of anthologies. (Seventeen Stones series / Topeka Cozy Mysteries / Area 52). 

Juneta Key: Juneta is a speculative fiction writer. She writes about space opera, fantasy, paranormal fantasy while playing with the complexity of human nature with elements of mystery and romance. She wears a lot of hats as a story development coach, a Ninja Writers Team member, Insecure Writer’s Support Group admin, one of seven founders and host of the Storytime Quarterly Blog Hop, as well as published author. Editor of Grump Old Gods Volume 1-5. Learn more about Juneta here.

Vanessa Finaughty: A talented editor and fantasy author. She has written and edited for magazines, national newspapers in South Africa, Oxford University Press Southern Africa and the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, among others.

Submissions General Guidelines

CURRENT ANTHOLOGIES LIST
FOR
CALLS FOR SUBMISSION:

Follow the link: You can find the specifics of our current open call for submissions Grumpy Old Gods Volume 5 HERE!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Always check specific themed anthology guidelines that you are submitting work to as some things vary anthology to anthology. Links to each themed anthology provided in the above list.

REQUIRED: Name & Author/Pen Name must be on all communications with Stormdance Publications.

REQUIRED:
Anthology (Title & Number (if applicable)–You Are Submitting To or Inquiring About) must be in the Subject Line of your email to be read.

Please include your NAME in your story byline and upper-righthand or upper-lefthand corner of each page of your manuscript submission.

**NOTE**
If it is a series anthology makes sure you put the volume (e.g. 1, 2, 3) you are submitting for consideration. This helps us sort through our large volume of emails and find current submissions and other current correspondence. So PLEASE be specific to get noticed by labeling correctly and help keep things sorted so we see your submission.

GENRE:

 SPECULATIVE FICTION

What is Speculative Fiction? Well, Wikipedia says… “It encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.”

WORDS: 3000-4000

RATINGPG-13 TO PG-17

Any sex, violence or foul language MUST be tastefully handled and necessary to the plot enhancing the story rather than distract. Excessive use will probably not fit with anthologies overall tone. NO Erotica.

SUBMISSION FORMAT:

Word Doc rich text format (rtf) or PDF (No Google Docs please, but we’re willing to work with you if you need to submit in a different format, just contact us!)

You must also submit a short bio and social links in a separate Word doc rich text format (RTF) or PDF from your story, at the time of submission, so we have them on hand if we accept your story. This speeds the process for the two of us saving us precious time. There lots of work to get an anthology out and promoted.

WHAT RIGHTS ARE WE ASKING FOR? 

We’re asking for the exclusive rights to print/publish the stories in the anthology for the first year, but the writers will retain everything else.

This means the story accepted for publication cannot be published for a year after the anthology publication date and signing your contract by the author anywhere else, even on their blog, or by anyone else, until story rights revert back to the author after that first year.

PAYMENT:

May vary for each anthology. Currently, basic royalty split with authors in the anthology you are published in. See current anthology call for submission when available for details for that anthology, and if accepted your contract.

SUBMIT TO

May vary for each anthology. Will be included in each call for submission. See current anthology call for submission

EDITORS: 

Vanessa Wells ~ Juneta Key ~ Vanessa Finaughy.

WHO WE ARE:

Juneta Key: You know her as one of the seven founders and a host of Storytime Quarterly Blog Hop, and one of the nine Admins of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.  She is the author of several short stories and working on two paranormal series and a sci-fantasy space opera. The social media and website skills are strong with this one. Editor of three Grumpy Old Gods anthologies with more to come.

Vanessa Wells: Self-professed short story junkie, writer, and editor of anthologies. Storyteller, responsible for the Magus series, the Area 52 short story series, and the Topeka, Tx Chronical cozy mysteries. Editor of three Grumpy Old Gods anthologies with more to come.

Vanessa Finaughty: A talented editor and fantasy author joining the Stormdance team in July 2019. She has written or edited for magazines, national newspapers in South Africa, Oxford University Press Southern Africa and the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, among others. Plus two Grumpy Old Gods anthologies with more to come.

A NOTE ON SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

Send social media posts, links, bios, photos in a Word doc/rich text format (RTF) attached in a separate email. Do not submit a required request in group emails. (See More detail about what is needed here and requirements)

All social media should be sent to stormdancepublications@gmail.com first and secondary grumpyanthology.com

If offered a contract plz ask for more details if you are unsure or confused.

DETAILS: Information you need to know and follow.

  • Must be your original work. You own ALL copyrights.
  • You own ALL copyrights–This includes any social posts you may submit. If you quote please give arbitration where it belongs. (Be aware of copyrights if you quote or use other material to supplement your post. )
  • Make sure to include your name in the byline and in the upper corner of each page after the first page.
  • We encourage creativity and imagination.
  • **If you submit your story to us please DO NOT submit elsewhere. No simultaneous submissions accepted. Allow 4-6 weeks to hear back from us. Normally it is sooner.
  • **If you have signed a contract you cannot submit the same story anywhere else for a full year. If you need to withdraw your story from consideration from anthology after submission, please notify us immediately in email with your name, and pen name if applicable, plus your story name you are asking to withdraw.
  • **Note** If your story is accepted for publication it cannot be published for a year after the anthology publication date when you sign your contract. It cannot be published on the authors’ blog or anywhere else, or by anyone else until story rights revert back to the author after that first year
  • Read what we are looking for in the specific anthology call for submission, if still unsure, email us.)
  • We prefer first-run rights, but we will consider reprints if the story is really good and fits the anthology theme.
  • No dual submissions. If you have submitted your piece to someone else do not submit to us.
  • You can submit more than one story to us for consideration in our anthology. (Limit 3 submissions)
  • If you have an idea you think fits the theme but is not outlined or a question about it email us.
  • Always check the submission guidelines for the SPECIFIC themed anthology you are interested in submitting your work for consideration. Each anthology guideline may have different or extra requirements than we have posted in this general submission article. You will find those on the main page and the specific anthology theme page under the menu heading Our Anthologies.