Cute, Crafty or Chaotic—send us your snow creatures!
We've found most of the stories for Winter Enchantment, including a number of great 5000 word stories, but we can still fit in a few flash fictions of 1500 words or under.
We'd like to see more creatures of ice and snow—that fly through the air, swim beneath the ice or skate on top of it, and glide, slide or roll down snow-covered slopes.
Creatures that dispense wisdom, stir up mischief, or wreck havoc!
Image: Moondust by cobravenom on DeviantArt
Send us well-crafted, polished gems. Writing that is ethereal and dancing with imagery, evocative and enchanting. Stories that glitter with magic, exuberant, luscious, melancholic or hopeful.
-We would like the stories to be set in this world (though portals to other worlds can certainly be opened), and represent a range of cultures and locations.
-Setting should be at least partially during winter
-Include a speculative element, the creature in the story or something else magical. -Stories should be suitable to read around the fire with your family.
We will raise money through a fundraising campaign, with the aim to pay writers minimum 0.5 cent/word. This will increase if more money is raised. Funds will also be used to pay for original cover art.
Anthology to be released Winter 2022.
What we do NOT want:
-Stories with content unsuitable for ages 16 and up
-Graphic violence, sex or foul language
-Dystopian, grimdark or depressing stories (the aim is to be uplifting!)
-Horror, though eerie or eldritch is welcome
Length: 500-1500 words.
Please send submissions in Times New Roman point 12, double spaced, with title, author name and word count at the top of the page.
We prefer British/Australian spellings
Email to iridescent words emerge at gmail dot com.
Subject should be Submission: [Story title]
We aim to respond within two months.
Deadline: 31 March 2022
Have you got a snow creature story or the inspiration to write one? Find one from folklore or invent one yourself!