Imagine for a moment what our literary landscape would look like if, 200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm hadn’t gone to the trouble of compiling their tales.
No, really, imagine it. Aren’t the Grimms’ tales and others like them among some of the most foundational of all storytelling?
Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, better known as The Brothers Grimm, published a collection of tales to ensure that the various German fables, tales and folklore of their age and before would not die out.
Take Cinderella for instance—the one you read to your kids has pumpkin carriages and glass slippers. And of course, I’m sure you remember the ugly stepsisters, especially as they had each of their eyes pecked out at the end as retribution for their wickedness. No? That part not ringing any bells?
Well surely you remember that poison apple that Snow White tangled with. In fact, we’ve adopted it as the symbol of our project. And of course, the poison comb and too-tight corset laces. It is a package deal, after all. No?
Though often reimagined and, in the end, unrecognizable to the Grimm’s original tellings, these tales are used to entertain, and of course, to educate. To instill values, goals and even assurance and doubt in children and adults alike. And those tales you remember from childhood, for better or worse, inform subconsciously present day motives and actions.
The recent resurgence in fairytale fandom–evidenced by both silver screen and television screen debuts, the long-lasting success of the Disney-ified tales for our children, and the fact that new, modified editions of the Grimm’s tales spring up again and again throughout the generations–all beg the question, “why are fairytales so enduring?”
And perhaps, too, “why is storytelling so engrained in our culture?”
All collected, the 200+ tales that were assembled by the Grimms in Grimm’s Fairy Tales during their lifetime, cover almost the entire gamut of plot structures and character arcs that we see in literature today, albeit the settings may be a bit altered. These stories are undeniably a dynamic, entwined portion of the fabric of American literary culture, and thus, they are at the heart of Indigo Ink Press’ mission, our very reason for being.
In the spring of 2013, we will publish our third book, Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore.
With a little luck (and a lot of magic) maybe, just maybe, 200 years from now a piece from our collection will have been altered and adapted by the generations.
Modern Grimmoire: Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore
Anthology Contest | $1,000 Writing Prize | $500 Illustration/Photograph Prize
Submissions to the anthology Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore are now closed.
Contest winners and finalists will be published in 2013.
- Finalists have been announced! Click for the full list
- Winners will be announced on Nov. 19
A single award of $1,000 and publication will be given to the best emerging author of an unpublished work, either a selection of poems, a short story, or short drama. The winning work will be selected by publisher’s editorial committee.
In addition, a $500 prize and publication will be awarded to the best illustration (or photograph) submitted.
Photograph “Witch’s Hand on Apple” used in the promotional images for Modern Grimmoire copyright Marina Avila.
Our Project: 252% Funded on Kickstarter
Through Sept. 13th, we hosted an online fundraising program on Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a platform for crowdsourced fundraising–people coming together from across the country to fund creative projects for unique rewards.
We reached both our initial $1,500 project goal, and our $3,000 STRETCH goal – and we were funded at 252% when the project timeline came to a close! Thank you to all of our generous donors for the amazing pledges to our Modern Grimmoire project!! Visit Kickstarter.com for all the latest updates on the fundraising program.
Modern Grimmoire Educational Program
In conjunction with the publication of the book, we’ve partnered with ArtsinStark, the County Arts Council, to design an EXCITING SmArts Program for Stark County Schools and schools affiliated with the Stark County Educational Service Center.
We’re eager to work with area educators to have students submit short stories, poems, short drama and artwork inspired and influenced by classic fairy tales. The work will be showcased in an exhibit, scheduled for First Friday, May 3, 2013. The exhibit will come complete with readings and a gallery style exhibition of the student work. It will also be captured in a special student publication.
Art, Language Arts, Social Studies, Drama and Gifted, grades 6 through 12
Chairman Gail Martino, Stark County Educational Service Center, (330) 492-8136 ext. 1315
Jennifer Snow Hickman, ArtsinStark, The County Arts Council, (330) 453-1075 ext.. 208
Jessica Bennett, executive director, Indigo Ink Press, (330) 417-7715
Courtney Eason, (817) 578-6232
More information, project guidelines and student submission instructions is available here. For questions, or to get involved please don’t hesitate to contact any committee member listed above, and to check back here.
Poison Apple Ball | Launch Party & Fundraiser
Next May, we’ll launch our Modern Grimmoire anthology with the ball to end all balls—the Poison Apple Ball! We’ll celebrate the writers and artists published in the collection with a fairy tale wonderland inspired soiree fit for a wicked queen.
More information about tickets will be available this winter. In the meantime, if you’re interested in volunteering for the planning committee, get in touch with us.