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We are currently accepting unpublished fiction and poetry submissions for Issue #4 Hungry Things.
Give us hunger that’s insistent, burdensome, loud. Push us past the trails hunger can blaze, the wreckage an unyielding appetite can produce. Loud-smacking lips. Quivering jowls. Beasts with a keen taste for playing with their food.
Whet our appetites, then deny them. We want gnashing teeth, insatiable yearning. Irresistible smells winding out of a pot. Steam leaking from beneath a closed door. The low rumbling thunder of a long-denied stomach.
Whip us up cravings we didn’t know we could have. Make us hungry for salt water, witches’ brew, vapors. Invite us down paths our noses insist that we follow. Conjure the ache of a food shortage, rations, a whole continent under the flame of its famine.
Show us a thirsting, a yen, a yearning, a lusting in the belly—for things far more wicked and heady than food.
Bring your forks and knives, bring your appetite, bring your stories and poems.
Deadline: The HUNGRY THINGS submissions window ends March 31, 2014.
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