First of all, the basic info:
Deadline for submission: June 13
Theme: Fairy Tales
To submit a post, email: untuneric at gmail dot com
(For more on what exactly a Bookworms Carnival is and how it works, click the button to be taken to the Carnival's main information page)
And now some more details:
Fairy Tales is pretty self-explanatory as far as themes go, I know. But there are a number of things that would fit. First of all, reviews. You could submit a review of:
- A modern retelling of a classic fairy tale (like The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, Beauty by Robin Mckinley, Zel by Donna Jo Napoli or East by Edith Pattou, just to name a few)
- A book that, while not being a retelling of a particular fairy tale, either has elements of several fairy tales or a general fairy tale feel (like The Book of Lost Things by John Connoly, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, the Fables series by Bill Willingahm, etc.)
- Fairy tale poetry (like Anne Sexton's Transformations, Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, Neil Gaiman's "Locks" or "Instructions", etc.)
- A collection/anthology of fairy tales retold (like the Datlow/Windling anthologies)
- A collection/anthology of classic fairy tales (Perrault, The Brothers Grimm, H.C. Andersen, Madame d'Aulnoy)
- A particular fairy tale, modern or classic
- A non-fiction book about fairy tales
But it's not just reviews I'm looking for. You could write a post about childhood memories of reading fairy tales (or adulthood memories of reading them to your children, or simply of reading them yourself). You could write about why you like fairy tales (or why you don't). You could pick a favourite fairy tale and write about what it means to you. Or whatever else you can think of. Nothing would make me happier than an original approach to the theme. Remember: variety is good.
And let's not forget fairy tale illustrators. If someone were to submit a post about their favourite fairy tale illustrator, modern or classic, I would be seriously inclined to buy them dinner at a really nice place. Or send them chocolate. Not that I'm trying to bribe you.
Don't forget that the post doesn't have to be written specifically for the carnival. You can submit old posts. The carnival will most likely bring new readers to your blog, and for them the post will be new.
Well, I think that's it. When I receive your submission, I'll write back confirming that I got it, and once the Carnival is up I'll e-mail everyone letting them know. Please contact me if you have any questions. I'm really looking forward to reading all your submissions!
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