Friday, August 11, 2017

Only One Week Until...

Timeless Tales Rumpelstiltskin Submissions

...Timeless Tales Magazine will open for Rumpelstiltskin submissions! On August 18, they will begin accepting retellings of this classic trickster tale. Short stories or poetry welcome. Pay is a flat rate of $20 per piece. Writers should read the Timeless Tales Submissions page for full details. 

Some musings from from TT's editor, Tahlia: 

Ah, here we are again, gearing up for another issue. What's funny is that we received an astonishing number of poems for our King Arthur issue, but something tells me that a dude with a funny name might not inspire quite as many sonnets as romance and chivalry (SO MANY longing glances and melancholy sighs!). Personally, I believe there's a great deal of potential in the straw-into-gold imagery as a metaphor. We shall see what people come up with. 

If you need inspiration, one of my favorite authors, Vivian Vande Velde, wrote a hilarious book called The Rumpelstiltskin Problem that is devoted solely to picking apart this tale's many plot holes (Why the heck would someone who actually could spin straw into gold do so in exchange for some small pieces of jewelry???). It's a short book and you can probably whiz through it in an evening. 

Most Recent Cover
The cover on my copy of the book

Looking forward to reading everything that gets sent my way. Ready, set, WRITE!

Timeless Tales Magazine


  1. Good Morning, I guess the idea as to why the old miser demanded jewelry for spinning straw into gold, basically the old Rumble of the stilt Skin loved spinning, yet had a catch or two in his pocket. He lured the young woman each time to divulge a bit of her possessions and secret, she was in love with the prince, Rumple knew that and pushed the young woman at last to give of her treasure that she might have one day.

  2. Oh how fun. Do you ever take art/illustration submissions for the theme?

    1. Hi, Melissa! We don't specifically accept art or illustration submissions, but sometimes we find ourselves in need of a graphic designer. If you look through our issues on the Timeless Tales website, you'll see the type of work we tend to commission for each magazine. Hope this answers your question, but if you want to talk more, feel free to email me at