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  • The Editors

Call for Short Stories



The Chained Muse is happy to announce its official call for new timeless short stories. The short story has been an innovative form that has breathed new life into the creative imagination of mankind throughout the ages. From the Renaissance tales of Boccaccio to the American literary tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving and Flannery O'Connor, to the science fiction and fantasy of C.S. Lewis, Jules Verne and J.R.R. Tolkien, stories have oftentimes come closer to Truth than the latest news cable, lecture or discourse.


Through the medium of the short story, man has been able to discover and express what the world and its headlines too often conceals. Not hostage to any particular contemporary fad, self-referential, nihilistic or solipsistic tendency, The Chained Muse is above all interested in stories that allow readers to revisit timeless themes and ambitious civilizational visions in original ways.


Our recent civilizational series includes tales like "The Parable of the Red Sky," "The Last Man of K- - -," "Brain Love," and "Peace in the Storm," along with original dialogues like "The Second Snake." Among forth-coming works are "The Little Forests on Mars," "The Legend of the Magic Bongos" and "The Soul Splitters," along with new dialogues featuring Daedalus and Icarus, Plato and Confucius, Seneca and Nero. Readers can consult a complete list of recently published short stories here. Accepted stories may also be selected for recordings in our Age of Muses reading series.


Writers can submit their stories by emailing us directly at thechainedmusepoetry@gmail.com. Short Stories, Fables, Parables, Fairy Tales, Dialogues and related forms are all welcome.

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