Cassandra. Tragic and beautiful. Adored by Apollo who gave her the gift of prophecy. When he tried to seduce her, she rebelled, said, "No, I've changed my mind." Apollo was pissed. Tricked by a woman, a mere mortal. He couldn't take away her gift, so he added a twist, "No one will ever believe you." Thus the most gifted seer in the western hemisphere was mocked and shunned. People said, "She's crazy." She's a madwoman ripping at her clothes. Laughed at. So the story goes. Yet, she has the last laugh when every single one of her prophecies come true. She is the woman who no one listens to, yet she is the only one telling the truth. It is a familiar conundrum.
You will find all the information you need to submit a story (sidebar, just scroll down), inspiration for a story, and why we need an anthology of revisioned, contemporary feminist fairy-tales and myth (blog posts). You will also find my story, serialized, "I am Snow White," as an example of how this could work--- and I hope I find many, many dark, funny sexy stories from you. Deadline: October 30, 2010.
Nationally and internationally produced playwright, award winning producer and author for NPR and WBAI. Published in Salon.com, USAtoday.com, dumbonyc.com, by Cleis Press, Seal Press, Heinemann Press. Reviewed in NYTimes, Art in America, Village Voice, The London Sunday Times. MA from NYU.
What I'm looking for
Stories that radically revise stereotypes of "bad women" in the Bible, in myth and in fairy-tales. Stories that aren't afraid to be literary, transgressive, dark, and sexy. Think: Lilith, Medea, the Wicked Stepmother, the Evil Witch, Pandora, Eve, crones, sibyls, fates, muses. Contemporary adaptations are fine. Mythical adapations equally welcome.
The spine: We begin to see these women through another lens.
How to submit
Email story in word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line: Submission. Documents should be double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman. Paragraphs should be indented five spaces. Bio (necessary) and contact information in the upper right hand corner. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words. Please do not send work-in-progress. Final drafts only.