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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tales from the Velvet Chamber: Call for Submissions

I recently saw a call for submissions from LA Slugocki for Tales from the Velvet Chamber, a new anthology of "revisioned" fairy-tales and myths from a feminist perspective.

Ms Slugocki, who is both project editor and writer, is inviting other writers, male as well as female, to contribute stories for the anthology. I asked her to explain a little more about this unusual project. She wrote as follows...

The inspiration for this book comes from many different places. I’ll start with The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. For those who haven’t read the book, Ms. Zimmer took a classic text, the story of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, and foregrounded the women, the witches and the queens. Suddenly, Morgaine, who heretofore, had been a very, very bad girl, became luscious and powerful, dark and sexy.

More; I wanted more. But I couldn’t find anything. So I wrote a monologue about Mary Magdalene. Why not? If a text as stable and universal as King Arthur could be revisioned, why couldn't I re-write the most infamous whore in the Bible? My Mary was wise, strong, a cohort of Jesus Christ, and his lover. This was the start of The Erotica Project, co-authored with Erin Cressida Wilson, which mapped the subterranean depths of female sexuality and produced on WBAI (New York), and Off Broadway at The Public Theatre, the full text published by Cleis Press.

Along the way, I discovered The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels from Princeton University. Amazingly, the earliest version of Christianity agreed with my interpretation of Mary Magdalene. She is quoted as "one who knows the all" --- certainly not the penitent harlot in the Old Testament. Following this thread, as an MA student at New York University, I continued to investigate and interrogate feminine archetypes; the good, the bad and the ugly. I couldn’t ignore the idea that this work had to continue. Classical literature, myth and fairy-tale, needs to be re-written, so that there are many versions of the old stories, not just one monolithic version.

I welcome submissions from both established and emerging writers, young and old, male and female. Jezebel.com wrote a great article when I launched my blog, which serves as both the platform for book publishers, and a resource for potential writers. I’m thrilled that Marie Mutsuki Mockett, author of the acclaimed Picking Bones from Ash, is the latest contributor to the anthology.

Many thanks to LA Slugocki for providing this information on the project. For further details, including how to submit work, please visit her website. You will also find her own story, serialized, I am Snow White, as an example of the sort of thing she is looking for.

The deadline for submissions is late July/August 2010, and Ms Slugocki says she hopes to receive "many, many dark, funny, sexy stories" from writers wishing to contribute to the anthology.

* As I realize many readers of this blog will want to know, I asked Ms Slugocki whether contributors to the anthology will receive a fee. She replied, "Generally it's an honorarium for submissions that are accepted. For an independent press like Cleis it's $50.00, although it could be higher. Also, it's a non-exclusive contract, so writers are free to submit their story elsewhere."

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3 Comments:

Blogger LA said...

Nick, brilliant post, thank you so very very much. Sincerely, LA Slugocki

12:50 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

No problem! Glad you liked it.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous jill said...

Have you seen Jack Zipes' "Don't Bet on the Prince?"

5:08 PM  

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