Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fairy Tale Contest

My wish is for this blog to be an interactive community for fairy tale writers, poets, and artists.

I mentioned in a previous post that I want to start a regular fairy tale prompt exercise, in which I post a photo, image, word, phrase, or song for inspiration.  People can then link the fairy tale creations that result, and all participants will be encouraged to enjoy each others' work and give feedback, if desired.

To launch this exercise and get the word out, I am hosting a contest.  

Two entries will be picked to each win a $15 Barnes & Noble gift cardThat should do for a crisp, new soft-cover (but you can spend it on anything).

One winning entry will be picked at random.  That's right, all you have to do is try and you stand a chance at winning.  I don't want people to be discouraged because of lack of writing experience or because they feel that they don't stand a chance against competition.

That being said, I do want people to make an effort to write to the best of their ability.

Therefore, the other winning entry will be picked by me, based on originality, style, use of language and imagery, storytelling, and execution.

The contest will be open until June 1st.  CONTEST POSTPONED.  Please keep checking back with us to see when the contest will be opened and for the new deadline.  Contest reinstated here.

How to Participate

Here is the prompt:

copyright Lissie Elle Laricchia

Follow the instructions bellow carefully.  Failure to follow the guidelines may disqualify.

  1. Write a short fairy tale story or poem inspired by this photograph.  It must be fantastic or mythical in nature.  Other than that, the domain is entirely up to the author.  Please no stories longer than 3,000 words.  Must be suitable for young adults.
  2. Post the direct link to your entry using inlinkz below.  Then comment to let me know you have entered.
  3. I retain the right to add to or alter the rules as needed.
After the contest closes, I will determine, based on number of entries and their lengths, when winners will be announced.  It won't be more than two weeks, so sit tight until then and enjoy everyone's entries!


  1. Good luck! I will post about this as soon as my current giveaway is over.
    Great prompt.

  2. What a great idea, and what an amazing photo! I'm already looking forward to writing about this, and will be sharing this on my blog to help get the word out - community is important, especially to us writers. Thank you, Christie, for taking on the task and sharing your art and enthusiasm with us all. -Kathrin

  3. Thank you, Kathrin. I am humbled and encouraged by your words. People so often marginalize fairy tales as "for children" and ridicule writers for our lofty aspirations. It's important to me that we all keep telling each other stories. Our words matter.

  4. Should we still post and link our fairy tales, or wait until the contest is re-announced?

  5. Thank you for your question, CitzenjaQ. Please wait until I re-announce the contest to link up your fairy tale. I would like them all to be gathered together under the same post so we can all enjoy each other's writing. :)

  6. And I'm really excited to read it! Thank you for participating. I will give you a personal reminder when the contest is opened again. (is this the evil Jalixx or the good one?)

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  8. Finished mine too! Thanks for the fun contest. (The deleted comment was mine- been trying to get openID to work for my wordpress site, had to settle for my Google login)

  9. Olivia, please hold onto it. I intend to re-open the contest when my life settles down. I am looking forward to reading it!

  10. This is good Jalixx3. :) Thanks for the promised reminder. I was worried I would miss the contest. My brother is also working on a story; we'll see if he finishes it...

  11. I hope this contest is still going to come off--it has been permanently back-burnered, has it?


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