Yes, it’s a queer retelling of The Thousand and One Nights

The Thousand and One Nights

In those original Arabian Entertainments, the king is on a killing
spree–marrying a new woman each night and killing her in the morning.
Enter the learned Scheherazade. She volunteers to marry the king and
tells him a compelling story each night. Each morning he agrees to let
her live one more day. With her stories, she saves her own life and
the lives of all the women in the kingdom. Her stories are not overtly
persuasive, but rather entertaining (buying time), suspenseful (how
could he kill her before he finds out what happens next?) Or
stealthy/subversive/heart-opening (quietly influencing the king’s domination-consciousness through the magic of storytelling).

(If you want to read the original Arabian Nights, check out the Husain
Haddawy translation–excerpts can be found on Google).

The Queer Retelling’

The power dynamics of the original text come through in the queer
retelling. The concept: In a hotel room in an unnamed state capital, a
young gay rent boy tells stories to his regular John, a Republican
state senator, in order to delay the introduction of anti-gay

The interior stories in this collection will consist of new work and
retold fables by contemporary writers. (Maybe you?)

The stories can be literal retellings of the original 1,001 stories–or
have parallels–but neither is required. I’m just looking for queer
fabulist stories, suspenseful stories, Luis Jorge Borges-style shorts,
and/or stories you’d truly want to read to your lover at night (even
if he’s not a senator). What kind of story would convince a closeted
senator to delay introduction of his bill?

Stories can be 1,000 to 5,000 words — longer stories should be
suspenseful so they’ll lend themselves to be told over several nights.

Deadline: September 1st.

Ariel Gore

arielgore at earthlink dot net
If you email your submission, be sure to write “submission” somewhere
in the subject line

Or sent it snail mail:
Ariel Gore
5 Bisbee Ct. #109 PMB 21
Santa Fe, NM 87508

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  1. Steve Berman 1 July 2011 at 8:15 AM #

    No mention of payment? Or what rights are being sought?

  2. selene depackh 29 July 2011 at 9:37 AM #

    i second this question.
    it’s been sitting here a month unanswered… not terribly encouraging.

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