Happily ever after is a shattered reflection…

Mirrors & Thorns

The Brothers Grimm told vastly different fairy tales from the whimsical Disney versions. They are much darker, not quite the happily ever afters most people think of when they hear “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” or even “Frozen.”

In 2017, we want to celebrate these darker stories by creating our own dark fairy tales. Don’t rewrite* all the tried and true stories. Dive deep into the darkest corners of your imagination and weave a tale of no more than 18,000 words. Offer us a story that would make the Grimm Bros and Hans Christian Anderson want to read it.

Follow our standard submission guidelines here and send it to us via email** by April 1, 2017. 

One submission per author only. Make sure you send your best work the first time as all other submissions will be deleted.

Your submission email should include Inquiry/Mirrors/Story title on the subject line. The body of the email should include a short one paragraph synopsis of the story or blurb along with the word count.

All entries not following the standard formatting and submission guidelines will be deleted without being read. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer feedback on rejected stories at this time.

Selected authors will receive a gratis print copy and a portion of royalties to be determined after deadline.

*Old characters with new stories are not considered rewrites. We do not want another spin on Cinderella’s story, but have no issue with an original story using Cinderella as the MC.

**We only accept digital submissions.