The 7th issue of Scheherezade's Bequest
, CdF's biannual online offering of fiction and poetry is now live, with work by Daniel A. Rabuzzi, Helen Ogden, Mari Ness, Shira Lipkin and more. Thanks to the efforts of our reviewers
, we have an ever-increasing number of titles on our book reviews
page, including fairy tales classics such as Fitcher's Brides
by Gregory Frost, Tam Lin
by Pamela Dean and Little, Big
by John Crowley as well as the more recent Lament
by Maggie Stiefvater and A Curse Dark as Gold
by Elizabeth C. Bunce, and more. In Our Grim(m)oire
, we chat with Mike Allen, editor of Mythic Delirium
, as he celebrates the forthcoming and very exciting release of MD's 20th issue, which includes an original poem by celebrated author Neil Gaiman. We'd are also pleased to announce that Donna Quattrone, a regular contributor to CdF and long-time supporter of our efforts, has come on board as assistant editor.
We are currently waiting for the cover art for our third print issue, which has been severely delayed (as usual!). As soon as we receive the art, the issue will be prepped for print and sent off to Prime, who has graciously published CdF since 2006. We will let you know the publication date as soon as we do. Just last month, Charles Tan reviewed our first printed issue, declaring it a weird animal but a refreshing and welcome one, especially when it comes to the content
. Mr. Tan, a self-confessed geek, seems to appreciate our mixture of academia and fiction. Grace Andreacchi, one of our contributors, gives us a mention on her blog as well, in an informative post called Away With the Fairies
This makes it even more difficult to announce that 2009 will see the last "annual" printed edition of Cabinet des Fées.
While we love printed matter with a passion, it has become more important to us — especially in the face of this brave new economy — to support authors in the field of genre fiction. It has always been my hope to increase the amount CdF pays our contributors, and if ever there was a time to do it, that time is now. In order to make this possible, CdF has been officially taken over by Papaveria Press. Beginning with the 8th issue of Scheherezade's Bequest, regular editions of CdF will be online only. We will now be paying $5.00 per poem and $.01 per word for fiction. Please see our updated submission guidelines
for more details about this change. We will publish the occasional fairy tale anthology in print, but those submissions will be called for separately. As a result of this change, CdF is going to ask for your help.
There are several things you can do to help CdF thrive. You will now see a paypal button on the site, which you can use to make donations to CdF. All donations received will be used to offset the costs of maintaining the site. You will never see an ad here, nor will we do anything resembling fund drives. Send what you will as you can. Titles reviewed will eventually be linked to Amazon, so if you purchase a copy through the site of something we've reviewed, we'll get a small amount from the Associates Program. You can also help by distributing a copy of our flyer at whatever conventions you attend: download a copy here
. We know ink is expensive, so even if you can only print 10 or 20 copies, it will be most appreciated. This latter option is probably the most important to us, since neither Helen nor I can appear at every convention we'd like to.
Last, but not least, by the time our next issue goes live, the entire site will have had an overhaul. We'll be using Wordpress, making it easier for everyone to follow our updates and for us to update the site. We'll keep our LJ as well, and may even create an account on Facebook, since apparently the entire internet-using world is there.
As always, we thank you for your interest in Cabinet des Fées and look forward to many more issues to come, online and — finally — on time.