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  • Only a little time remains to submit writing for the third book being published by Canton’s nonprofit Indigo Ink Press.

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  • Only a little time remains to submit writing for the third book being published by Canton’s nonprofit Indigo Ink Press.
    The literary press in downtown Canton will publish “Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore” in May. The book will include short stories, short drama, poetry and illustrations submitted by authors and artists throughout the country.
    “Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, better known as The Brothers Grimm, published a collection to ensure that the various fables, tales and folklore of their age and before would not die out,” said Jessica Bennett, executive director of Indigo Ink Press in publicity material for the book. Two centuries later, “Modern Grimmoire” is “an effort to capture and preserve the voice of emerging storytellers,” she said.  
    Deadline for submission is Sept. 1. It’s a deadline that writers should consider worthy of meeting. A single award of $1,000 and publication will be given to the author of an exceptional selection of poems, a short story, or short drama. A $500 prize will be awarded to the artist of the best illustration.
    Submission fee is $15 for pieces that “weave new thread into the literary fabric.” Works should be original and previously unpublished or unproduced in English.
    Illustrations or photographs should be black and white.
    Bennett has advised writers to be creative and not mere updaters of proven pieces of literature.
    “Our collection seeks not to reinvent or reimagine Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” She explained. “Case in point: We’re not looking for Cinderella with a cellphone. Our goal is to collect, as the brothers did 200 years ago, tales by and for the current generation, and to see how our creative collection is inevitably informed by those that came before.”
    Contest winners and submission finalists will be published in the book next year. Finalists will be announced in October. All published finalists will get a copy of the book.
    Guidelines can be obtained and online submissions can be made at www.indigoinkpress.org/submissions.
    Indigo Ink is funding the anthology writing contest through a crowd-sourced fundraising program on Kickstarter.com, an online funding platform.
    In conjunction with the publishing of the book, Indigo Ink Press is partnering with ArtsinStark, The Stark County Arts Council, to produce educational programs for area students.
    The press also is planning a book-launching event, including a lecture by Dr. Donald Haase, associate dean and professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University. Haase is a fairy tale and folklore scholar, as editor of
    “Marvels & Tales: A Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies” and “The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales & Fairy Tales.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The release of “Modern Grimmoire” will conclude with the Poison Apple Ball, a gala fundraiser and launch party in May 2013.
    For details, online submissions and information about events and educational programs, visit http://IndigoInkPress.org.
    “With a little luck, and a lot of magic, perhaps 200 years from now a piece from our collection will have been altered and adapted by the generations,” said Bennett, “much like Cinderella, Snow White, and a multitude of other happy-ever-after predecessors.”

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