We craft and tell stories because we’ve stood on the uncertain edge between the waking world and our imagination, between enchantment and fear. And we remember other stories that help us build our own stories, scraps of lumber and fragments of narrative we gather together to make stories for ourselves.

Call for Submissions: Wise Fools

He tumbles round the Morris Dance and bounds through the Tarot. He finds true love inAndersen and falls in luck in Grimm. He’s a saint and a rabbi, an imam and a lama, a rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief. He’s Harlequin and Mr Punch, a wandering simpleton and good-hearted trickster. And now the wise fool finds himself in Unsettling Wonder. Volume 1, Issue 2 bears his (or her?) name: Wise Fools.

We invite submissions that address the folk motif of fools and their wisdom. Take the time to read tales about wise fools before you try your own telling. Here’s a fascinating academic article by Zuzana Profantováof about Slovakian variants of the motif to point you on your way. Please read through our submission guidelines (tab 3 above) before sending anything.

Artists interested in illustrating for the issue should send an inquiry in the first instance to info(at)unsettlingwonder(dot)com.

Submissions are open till 20 April 2013.

The formal CFP can be viewed and downloaded here.

Unsettling Wonder is a new literary journal that publishes both creative and academic work on fairy tales, folklore, and mythology. We welcome original writing that deals honestly with such topics as worthwhile in and of themselves: new stories, retellings, and imaginative appropriations. We are both an online and a print publication.

We invite submissions for Volume 1, Issue 2: Wise Fools.
Please send your poetry, prose, flash fiction, and academic abstracts to submissions(at)unsettlingwonder(dot)com by 20 April 2013. For more information and to view our submission guidelines, please visit:www.unsettlingwonder.com/submissions

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