About Delinquent’s Spice

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Delinquent’s Spice project is discontinued for now, and submissions have closed for it.

Delinquent’s Spice focuses on hybridising lesser known folk and fairy-tale types. These tales are connected to each other, thus creating the basis for the hypertext fairytale project. Each issue will feature an article and two stories, although some issues may feature both poetry and fiction, depending on the season or issue. Each issue features a single folk/fairytale type. DS originated as a Cabinet des Fees micro-publication but is now hosted on our own domain as an independent publication. DS was always my creation and a labour of love, although I received a lot of help and guidance along the way. But ultimately, it was the vision of a hybrid, non-firstworld Woman of Colour (WOC). Why do I state this? I do it because I cannot stress enough why inclusiveness is at the heart of this project and the fact that this project was always meant to create an avenue for retelling folk and fairytales that were lesser known, by writers who were lesser known or marginalised in the genre.

Delinquent’s Spice asks for creative revisions of said type that remains true to the essence of the tale — if you read the stories that have been accepted you will notice that each writer has managed to incorporate the prompts creatively within their re-tellings of each story, and that each story connects well to the previous tale. We are not looking for loose, barely-there interpretations which feature just a single motif or element from the tale. The featured folk/fairytale type IS the highlight of each issue.

This is a collaborative, creative effort. Every volume will have its own set of prompts — the intention is to create a web of fairytales that stresses on diversity, hybridity, inclusion and of the merging of boundaries, based on the principle all storytellers understand:

Sometimes, the best truths are found in fiction.

You may click here to read the original essay that spells out the reasons and basis behind this fairytale project. The original essay has been revised to accommodate the changes that have happened here at DS, but the ethos remains unchanged.

I hope you will join us on this storytelling journey, bringing with you a steadfast heart, a sturdy pair of magical shoes, and the spirit of derring-do that is at the heart of this project.

Nin Harris, PhD.
Founder and Editor.


ninbwNin Harris is a Malaysian poet, writer, and a literary Gothic scholar. Nin writes Gothic fiction, cyberpunk, nerdcore post-apocalyptic fiction, planetary romances and various other hyphenated weird fiction. Nin’s fiction has been published in Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Giganotosaurus, Lackington’s Magazine and The Harrow.

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