The first of this series, The Stepsister Scheme, an unexpectedly effective mixture of light and dark. These alternate takes on fairy tales mix the clever and the horrific. The tone of the narration is mostly bouncy, with some jokes, but there is a sense that these characters are real—their lives have depth and sometimes tragedy. The Mermaid’s Madnessis a strong mix of magic and adventure, with a number of well-portrayed and involving women characters at its heart.
- Like Birdsong, the Memory of Your Touch
by Izzy Wasserstein
- The Sweetest Source
by J. L. Jones (available on 5/11)
by P.H. Low (available on 5/18)
- By Our Own Hands
by Anya Leigh Josephs (available on 5/25)
- Editorial: May 2021
by Arley Sorg and Christie Yant
- Interview: Tasha Suri
by Arley Sorg (available on 5/25)
- Self-Portrait as Wolf
by Louisa Muniz (available on 5/18)
by Kim Whysall-Hammond (available on 5/21)
This issue's cover art by Black Spring / Adobe Stock Image.