Welcome to Vol. 14, No. 2

In the latest edition of The Fabulist Words & Art, we are pleased to share with you some sweet and soft-spoken urban fantasy by New York-based writer and artist Ann Calandro — plus a wee bit of chatter about where we’re at and what we’re up to as a publication.

New Fiction

Our featured writing this week is “Apartment for Rent,” by New York-based artist and writer Ann Calandro. In contrast to last week’s dire revisitation of some historic, pandemic-related prose by one E. A. Poe, Calandro’s short-short fiction (just a bit over 750 words), is a charming, understated venture through the vaguely familiar but strangely elusive byways of our hassled, distracted urban milieu.

Coming up in 2020

It’s a little mind-blowing to think that The Fabulist, however inconsistently, has been publishing creative writing and art since 2007. And yet this is the case.

To formalize this (and play it up to no small degree), we are adding annual volume and issue numbers to each weekly edition we publish.

So, this week, we’d like to welcome you to volume 14, number 2, of The Fabulist Words & Art.

In 2020 we’re out to up our game, and publish much more consistently. To that end, we have fresh works of fiction, poetry and art scheduled for publication every Friday through the end of the year.

All these were submissions received during our Spring 2019 open call; reviewing those materials was a major undertaking, and we were knocked out by the incredible quality — not to mention quantity — of material we received.

Choosing what to run and what we had to pass on was often extraordinarily difficult; we hope our process, which was both arduous and occasionally erratic, ended up honoring all submissions, and that our selections will serve to satisfy your appetite for a diverse array of fantastical flavors.

Reminder: Call for Fantastical Art

Speaking of open calls — if you are a visual artist working in any sort of fantastical idiom, you may be interested in our current call for fantastical art, which is open through May 29.

The Fabulist does not at this time have any other open calls; the best way to stay informed about calls for submissions is to sign up for our newsletter, keep an eye on this website, or follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Is 2020 Poe enough for you?

We kicked off our 2020 website and URL relaunch with some pandemic-related works — specifically, Edgar Allan Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death,” a tour de force of dreamlike gothic horror that remains deeply relevant more than 150 years after its first publication.

We accompanied Poe’s dreamlike masterpiece of moral horror with a short commentary on “What Poe can teach us about the pandemic,” which we hope will shine a little light, however dire, on our present dilemma as a people and a species still finding our way forward.

That’s all for this edition. Thanks as always for your readership; we’ll be back next week with Vol. 14, No. 3, and the latest from The Fabulist Words & Art.

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