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Writers Needed / Short Story Anthology, Dancing Bear Books


We're looking for short stories between 7,500 - 10,000 words. We will, however, consider work under the length of 7,500 if it suits our anthology of work so feel free to send along. All work must be previously unpublished.

All work MUST be fairytale/fantasy themed Short stories/poetry.

We'd love to hear from:
Debut Authors & Emerging Writers/Authors
BAME Writers, Working Class Writers, LGBT+ Writers
Diverse Characters
Interesting and Thought-Provoking Stories and Themes.
Particularly keen on reading Young Adult and New Adult work but we’re open to other classifications as well.

Please mention in your covering letter if you are any of the above.

You can submit anything, but here is a little wishlist our editors put together:
An interesting retelling of a classical Fairytale. This might include an interesting twist or angle on the original story.
Don't be scared to explore subtexts of current affairs. We're really interested in the subtle use of social politics, environmental issues, animal rights etc... (Make the work mean something)
Something cultural. For example, if you come from a different background, include that inside the fairytale narrative.
An LGBT love story but on the background of something classical. For example, The Princess Bride but with a little more diversity.
Something set through the perspective of a child. Think Magic Faraway Tree and Alice in Wonderland.
Anything remotely like Stardust (we love you Neil Gaiman), be creative and come up with new and interesting Fairytale concepts.
POC Protagonists.
Stories exploring Mental Illness and Disability

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