I wasn’t sure about submitting to this one since “magic schools” and “Harry Potter” aren’t my usual fare. On the other hand, I like a challenge, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I still couldn’t get a handle on it until my son Michael suggested something along the lines of “Jack Jack” from “The Incredibles” movies. How about a magic pre-school for gifted toddlers?
Authors Christopher G. Nuttall and L. Jagi Lamplighter are the ones co-editing the Fantastic Schools anthology. They asked for:
We are looking for submissions of stories dealing with any aspect of life at a magical school. School life, extracurricular activities, teachers’ trials, life as a magical custodian—this is your chance to explore beyond what has appeared in your favorite magical school, be it Hogwarts, Roke, Whitehall, or more.
The Fantastic Schools anthology is intended for a YA and general audience. Stories do not need to be directed at a YA audience, but story content should be appropriate for both teen and adult readers.
What I sent in is called “Sorcery’s Preschool.” I very, very loosely based the little girl on my four-and-a-half year old granddaughter, but everyone else is purely fictional.
According to Jagi, they received so many terrific stories that they’ll be putting out two anthologies, one in May, and the other three to six months later. I don’t know which one my story will be in yet. I’ll let you know as more info comes in.
Truly stoked to be involved in this project.
That’s five short stories accepted this year so far.