Who are they, these women and men who wander through the old tales and take a mortal for a husband or a wife? Cranes and swans and seals who take the form of a woman, and become the mother of a man’s children for ever after, or seven years, or three days? Bears and falcons and green knights who court a merchant’s daughters, and take the youngest, disappearing through the forest of bones and across the river filled with blood? She’s ta’en True Thomas up behind; he fetchd the sickle, to crop the nettle; aye whan the dog did wow, in haste they cross’d and sain’d themselves frae the ghaist. What do they want, these strangers and wanderers, who pass by in the unsettled twilight, and leave behind wisdom, or fear, or love—and a bitter sorrow?
We invite submissions that address the folk motif of fairy brides and bridegrooms. As always, study the motif before you forget: here’s Joseph Jacobs’s version of The Swan Maidens, and Claire Massey’s re-telling of the same.And here’s a number of variants of the peculiar, eerie old ballad ‘Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight’. And 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 21 September 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: Fairy Brides. Please send your poetry, prose, flash fiction, and academic abstracts to submissions(at)unsettlingwonder(dot)com by 21 September 2013. For more information and to view our submission guidelines, please visit: www.unsettlingwonder.com/submissions