A fairy tale re-imagined: April/May Flash Fiction Challenge

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All About Writing’s latest writing challenge offers the winner a literary assessment on 5000 words of writing worth R 2750 / £ 150 or a voucher to the same value to use on one of our courses or programmes.

This month, we’re seeking flash fiction that draws from fairy tales or myths. How could you re-write Snow White, or Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin or Little Red Riding Hood? Which other character’s perspective within each tale could you take? The Wicked Queen’s? The Wolf’s?  What would happen if you set a classic fairy tale in the present – or the future? How would you make it a thoroughly modern fairy tale – set very definitely in the #MeToo era?

Write no more than 250 words. Paste your entry into the body of an email and send to pam@allaboutwritingcourses.comby midnight on 31 May 2020.

Writing tips:

  • Character drives story. The main character you choose and the way they act will determine the story.
  • Remember that a story will change completely if it’s told from a different perspective.
  • The way your character sees the world will show us more about them and what kind of person they are.
  • Even though you’re writing a “once-upon-a-time” type story, try to “show” more than you tell or explain.
  • Don’t hammer home a moral or message. Tell us a story and let us discern what we take from it.
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