The Golden Key is a bi-annual journal of speculative and literary writing, inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale of the same name. We seek realist work sensitive to the magical and strange. The fantastical. Slipstream. Fabulist. Gothic. Weird tales. Work that unlocks. Work that restocks. We love writers who see familiar things in unexpected ways, and writers who revel in playing with language.
We are currently accepting unpublished fiction and poetry submissions for Issue #3 Things Unseen.
Bring out your work that invokes the cloak of night, ghosts, and hidden
motivations. Poltergeists, microbes, tooth fairies all welcome here.
Introduce us to characters who are often heard of, but never heard from.
We want presences shaped by their outlines and negative space.
Present us with your best card trick, or a story or poem that quietly
slips under our skin. Bring us to life with the scent of a stewing
tomato, the barest tickle on the backs of our necks, or a strange strain
of music that floats off the page.
We want work that is spectral, smoky, suggested. Work that has us
weaving after it through the brume. Give us your intangibles, your
stories and poems that can’t be grasped too tightly. Peel back the veil.
Deadline: The Things Unseen issue ends October 1, 2013.
Please see our website for further detail on submissions.
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