What if Sleeping Beauty didn’t wake from a spellbound slumber, but rose from the dead? What if the Big Bad Wolf was more interested in Grandma’s brains than in Little Red? What if Snow White was an ass-kicking punk goth grrl with her entourage of seven zombie minions? Classic fairy tales never die…and this Halloween, you’re going to help them rise from the grave.
For our 2012 Halloween Ever Afters, Entangled Publishing wants your fairy tale retellings with an undead twist. Even in the land of the dead, survivors find love – and sometimes it’s a little easier with the dating pool narrowed down to anyone with a pulse. So take Alice on a trip down the rabbit hole into zombieland. Reinvent Beauty as a badass biker babe on the run from an ex-boyfriend turned into a flesh-eating Beast. Make us hungry for romance…or we’ll come for your brains.
- Be 20,000 to 40,000 words in length.
- Contain strong romantic elements.
- Be a retelling of a classical fairy tale involving zombies, whether traditional Grimm’s or classical stories from other cultures and collections. Please note that we will not accept retellings of modern / recently published fairy stories or fairy tales that may currently be under copyright.
- Avoid excessive gore and necrophilia. We’re looking for sweet and / or funny romances with a dark twist and elements of horror, not explicit horror stories – and definitely not sexualized depictions of intercourse involving the undead. Or any depictions of intercourse involving the undead. Any stories featuring this will be rejected.
All heat levels will be accepted, but erotic elements must not be the main focus of the story. We accept any genre that Entangled currently publishes.
Previously published material will not be considered, nor will manuscripts that have already been rejected by Entangled.
Manuscripts that have been chosen for the collection will be released as ebooks in October 2012.
To submit a manuscript for consideration, please send the full manuscript (RTF format) and a one-page query letter briefly describing the premise, heat level, and word count to everafter-submissions(at)entangledpublishing(dot)com. Query letters should be addressed to Adrien-Luc Sanders. Please include “Zombie Fairy Tales” and your title in the subject line.
Submissions are open until July 31st, 2012 and final decisions will be made by August 31st. Standard Entangled Publishing royalty rates apply.
For inquiries/ submissions: submissions2entangledpublishing.com