Nine Tales is an online literary journal that focuses on Korea and all its facets. In each issue we publish nine tales. We welcome engaging stories and essays which challenge the reader, but when preparing your submission please consider the Kumiho.
Kumiho, the demonic nine tailed fox, is a seductive creature that entices the unwary, travellers, scholars, or similar, with the lure of its illusory beauty and riches. The Kumiho drains its victims of strength leaving them for dead. A cautionary symbol, the kumiho is a counter image to traditional Korean morals and ethics, and for this it is considered to be essentially evil.
The Kumiho is important to Korea as it tells a story of Korea often swept away to gather dust and spurn malicious rumour as it stews in its neglect. It is only evil because it presents a new and untamed vision, and challenges perceived contentions. Nine Tales seeks these visions of twenty-first century Korea and Koreans.
We accept short story, essays, and art work. We welcome submissions from across the world as long as the theme of Korea persists throughout – be it the setting, theme, lifestyle, experience, or whatever. I think you get the idea.
Submissions must be made in English, however we enthusiastically encourage Korean translations.
Note: Check website for updated reading period.