Call for Submissions
Unsettling Wonder: a Journal of Folk and Fairy Tales
Issue 6: Tales of Kismet
The word Kismet has been gifted to the English language from the Turkish and Arabic. It has its roots in division and portion. In a topsy-turvy world, where both our lives and politics are changing in a whirl, what power can the ancient folk motifs of fate and destiny hold over us?
For the upcoming issue of Unsettling Wonder, we are looking for stories and poems that approach the theme of Kismet with a mystical or surrealist edge. Tell us about how people are changed (or perhaps not?) through their hard-wrought choices. Do forking paths torment, or will what is meant for us not pass us by? Is there an assigned path, or only wake-trails on the water? Are the Moirai spinning fate, or the veiled Fortuna, or perhaps the blind Borgesian gambler? Works that lead their characters and tellers through chance meetings, oracles, quests, or fortune decks: send them our way.
Surprise us with your short fiction, micro fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Artworks on the theme are also very welcome. Send your work as a Word document to UWsubmissions(at)unsettlingwonder(dot)com.
Submissions that do not strictly follow our guidelines will not be considered.
Deadline: 1 October 2017.