Monday, November 24, 2014

14 Weeks To Go

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     So I haven't heard much about the Rooglewood contest lately (it is occasionally mentioned on Anne E. Stengl's blog and, of course, it is mentioned on Rooglewood Press's contest page).  But from what I have heard, there are a lot of great stories being submitted.  A couple of them in particular, I would be very interested to read -- and those are ones that I know about -- I'm sure there are many more.  I am looking forward to this collection's release next summer.
     Earlier this year, Rooglewood released the book from last year's contest.  Have any of you read it?  It's called Five Glass Slippers, and it is a collection of Cinderella stories.  Here is the blurb for that book:
One Beloved Story - Five Exciting Writers - a Collection to Cherish!

What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball? Or when the slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl? What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne? Or when she is a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet? What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus?

Here is Cinderella as you have never met her before, wearing glass slippers and off on unforgettable adventures!
     With such delightful twists as this contest obviously produces, you can't help but wonder what they will come up with for Beauty and the Beast!

     For those of you who, like me, don't care for magic and fairy godmothers: in the Cinderella collection, two stories had magic and three did not.  I expect the editors purposefully choose some of each.  My own story that I am submitting this year for the Beauty and the Beast contest does not have magic in it.  Just read the ones you like!

     Writers who enter this contest must announce their intention to do so (in other words, submit an entry form to Rooglewood) by December 16.  Stories have to be submitted by December 31st.  And the winners are announced March 1st.  For those who win, the publishing process (with its editing and so forth) begins so that the book can be released to the public in the summer of 2015.
     For me, this breaks down into the following translation: 5 weeks 2 days until all the stories are in and 14 weeks until the winners are announced.
     

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