We have a few nice art submissions for Grantswood, and it occurred to us that we could put together an exemplar issue, in a manner of speaking.
What does that mean?
Well, in 1613 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra published a work known, in English, as The Exemplary Novels. This book contains a variety of novellas that are intended to be more than cracking good stories. They are intended to instruct the authors of the era in precisely what a good novel should be. Miguel de Cervantes' most well known work is Don Quixote, but The Exemplary Novels are, in Elise's opinion, vastly more entertaining.
In the spirit of this lesser-known Cervantes work, we are putting together a first volume of Grantswood as a sort of exemplar. Why we didn't think of that beforehand, we don't know. Still, it's a fun idea, and we are combing the public domain for things we believe are good examples of the works we are looking for. When we reviewed the call for submissions, we realized that a little more clarity might be in order. If you are out there writing the dark fiction of the Midwest, the term "Gothic" may not be the first thing you think of when you are looking for a venue to share your work.