Call for Submissions:

Special Issue of VIA

The Contemporary Folktale

We are gathering material for a special issue of VIA to honor the creative spirit of Italian folktales. Writers should submit an original folktale of their own creation, or choose a previously published folktale from an existing source (such as Italo Calvino’s Italian FolktalesItalian American Folklore by Malpezzi and Clements, Italian Folktales in America by Mathias and Raspa, etc.) and rewrite it from a modern-day, Italian American perspective, taking into account how Italian culture, traditions, ethnicity, and ways of family life have changed.

Queries should be sent electronically to the issue’s editor, Nick DiChario, at Be sure to indicate in your query if you’re rewriting a tale or writing an original. If rewriting, please identify the original folktale. (This will help us avoid duplication of tales.) After approval, you can submit your story of no more than 1500 words for consideration. Include a brief paragraph of 200 to 300 words explaining why you wanted to write or rewrite your chosen folktale (for a maximum word count of 1800 words per submission). If accepted, payment will be one contributor’s copy of the special issue and a discount on purchased copies. Please, no previously published work.

Query deadline is February 1, 2017.

Submissions will be due June 1, 2017.

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