Dear Author,

Thank you for your interest in the chronicles. By now, you're probably wondering why I would contact you and other writers I have known, after so many years have passed. Well, I thought it would be a great idea to do an anthology. It's an idea that I have been sleeping on for about 20 years (no pun intended). It's called "The Rip Van Wrinkle Chronicles: A Revolutionary Reawakening." Yes, Rip Van "Wrinkle" is not a typo! A "wrinkle," according to Webster's dictionary, is also "a novel idea, an ingenious trick, or device; a clever innovation."

Rip Van Winkle wasn't just a story about a henpecked husband who wanted to get away from his nagging wife so he slept in the woods for 20 years. When Rip Van Winkle fell asleep the Revolutionary war had just started. And when he woke up he was surprised to find out the war was over and the states had won their independence from England and King George III. A good analogy for what is happening today. Rip Van Winkles on a larger scale are the sheeple who are in a somnambulistic trance from their "nagging," over-protective and over-reaching government. You can help wake them up! However, if you are just content to be like a docile sheep, then write something about sleeping and dreaming!

We are currently accepting submissions for poems, essays, and 'short short' stories that would fit this concept. New or previously unpublished work is preferred. Published writers will receive a free copy of the anthology as payment. I plan to have the anthology out by October. (see working cover above) The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014.

I will be glad to answer any questions you might have.

Thank you, and looking forward to your contribution to our anthology!

Ignatius Graffeo, Editor
BumperPress.com

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