May 13, 2008

12th Bookworms Carnival - Info

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
For more examples of books that would fit, please take a look at the Fairy Tale Fiction Reading List at Endicott Studio. They also have some non-fiction suggestions at the end. And there are also lots of examples to be found at the SurLaLune Fairy Tales website. Just pick any of the annotated fairy tales and then click Modern Interpretations (for example: Hansel & Gretel).

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!

PS: Plus, you can win books! Find out how here.


  1. I was actually thinking today that I should write something about my favourite faerytales/legends illustrator, P.J. Lynch. so I think I'll do that for the carnival!

  2. This is fun, Nymeth!
    I shall see if I'm able to find some more relevant book reviews or other interesting stuff... :)

  3. This one will definitely be fun! Thanks for the link to that reading list-it's awesome. :)

  4. Oooh...I have a post from a couple months ago titled "fairy tales and mayonnaisse" that I could submit. Don't worry...I'm kidding, of course! (About submitting it, that is.)

    Anyway, I am so looking forward to this edition of the carnival!!!

  5. Hmmmm :D Being French I wonder if you can guess which fairy tale affected my life the most...I will try to participate, this is fun

  6. What a fun idea. I'll look into it this weekend when I have a little more time. Fairy tales were/are a big thing for me...

  7. Valentina: yay! I'm thrilled to hear that. I don't think I'm familiar with Lynch, and I can't wait to discover his work through your post :)

    Melody: I'm so glad you're participating :) Do send along any other posts you find.

    Eva, you're welcome :)

    Debi: Nooo! Why are you kidding? I WANT that post! I really like what you said about discovering fairy tales as an adult. You could also submit your reviews of A Wolf at the Door or The Goose Girl or I Was a Rat...I hope you know that I will keep on bugging you to submit something :P

    Madeleine: I'm glad you're interested in participating, and I look forward to your submission!

    Daphne, I look forward to your post(s) :)

  8. Your Book Carnival sounds like great fun, I can't wait!
    You've done a great job renovating your archive, I'm glad you found an (apparently) easy solution.

  9. Oh yeah!! I'm reading White as Snow by Tanith Lee right now. A perfect submission!! This is going to be a fun carnival!

  10. Yay! My first carnival that I will be submitting some reviews! And to think that I never really thought I was a reader of fairy tales.

  11. Eeeks--I am so behind in my blogging, so I'm trying to catch up quickly. Would Wicked count?? I've never participated in this before, but if it counts as a fairy tale (twisted as it is), I'd love to submit. If not, I'll see what else I can find.

  12. Stephanie: Perfect indeed! Can't wait to read your post.

    Maw Books: I'm so glad you're contributing :)

    Trish: You got me thinking - I did say that books with a general fairy tale feel would count, and The Wizard of Oz (like Peter Pan or Alice in Wonderland) is definitely one of those. And therefore Wicked, being a retelling, counts as well. So send it along! And if you find anything else feel free to send it as well :)

  13. I love, love, love fairy tales, but your comment about Wizard of Oz reminds me how much I love the entire Oz series. I might have to choose an old favorite or look among my collection of childhood books to find a good one. I'm definitely 'in'. :)

  14. Daphne, I'm very glad to hear you're in :)

  15. I would like to submit a few posts. I recently wrote about Tuck Everlasting, The Goose Girl and soon to be published review of The Book of Lost Things. I will e-mail them to you for review! Thanks for hosting!

  16. Stephanie: Do send them along! I'm glad to know you're participating :)

  17. I sent you my submission just now. I really hope someone does a post about an illustrator or illustrators! I love looking at art. :)

  18. I'm new to Bookworms Carnival, so I'm sorry if this is a silly question: If I want to submit something, do I go ahead and make a post on my blog and send you the link, or do I submit the content to you and make the post if you accept it? I'm just not quite sure how this works.

  19. Dewey: Me too!

    Lenneth: It's not a silly question - you're not the first to ask, actually, so I apologize for not having been more clear. You make the post on your blog and then e-mail me the link. Then on the main Carnival post I post little blurbs about each submission and the link to the rest of the post.

  20. I've never participated before, but there's a first time for everything, right? And fairytales ... oh, so many to choose from!
    I have some dithering to do ...

  21. Maree, yes, there is always a first time :) I look forward to your submission.

  22. This was such a great idea for a topic! I just sent a couple of submissions and I'm looking forward to seeing so much stuff about fairy tales!

  23. I can't wait to read all the yummy post for this Carnival!


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