Call for Submissions:

Special Issue of VIA

The Contemporary Folktale

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

Submit your finished story of no more than 1500 words electronically to the issue’s editor, Nick DiChario, at ndichario@gmail.com (or email him if you have questions). Include with your submission a brief paragraph of 200 to 300 words explaining why you wanted to write or rewrite your chosen tale, for a maximum word count of 1800 words. If accepted, payment will be one contributor’s copy of the special issue and a discount on purchased copies. (No previously published work, please.)

Submissions deadline: June 1, 2017.


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