I am so excited to be one of the bloggers making this announcement, you guys. I don’t think I can even accurately express my excitement right now. Not only am I a huge fan of Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s books, but I am also a huge fan of the opportunities she offers readers, including this contest. I’ve never entered her fairy tale novella contest before, but I sure plan on doing so this time around. The official announcement is below, but is followed by my own personal commentary because I have lots to comment on!
Rooglewood Press is delighted to introduce their third fairy tale novella contest—
Five Magic Spindles
a collection of “Sleeping Beauty” stories
The challenge is to write a retelling of the beloved fairy tale in any genre or setting you like. Make certain your story is recognizably “Sleeping Beauty,” but have fun with it as well. Make it yours!
Rooglewood Press will be selecting five winners to be published in the Five Magic Spindles collection, which will be packaged up with the phenomenal cover you see here. Maybe your name will be one of the five listed?
All the contest rules and information (how to enter, story details, deadline etc.) may be found on the Rooglewood Press website. Just click HERE and you will go right to the page.
Rooglewood Press’s first collection, Five Glass Slippers is available for purchase, and our second collection, Five Enchanted Roses is scheduled to launch on July 27, and is currently available for pre-order. Be certain to get a copy of each and see what previous winners did with their wonderful retellings.
This cover illustration was rendered by Julia Popova, “ForestGirl.” You can find out more about this gifted artist on her website: www.forestgirl.ru.
First of all, what I want all of you to do is take a deep breath, because I know how breathless you are from the excitement. Yes, the fairytale for this year will be SLEEPING BEAUTY. I am actually very proud of myself because this was one of my guesses, along with Rumpelstiltskin and the Twelve Dancing Princesses. To be honest, Rumpelstiltskin was my first guess, but it’s alright that it didn’t get chosen. Someday, maybe?
Anyways, I am very excited to begin brainstorming for this fairytale retelling of mine. Between the Brother’s Grimm version, the Charles Perrault version, and the Disney version, there are so many variations of Sleeping Beauty that can be explored. The faintest threads of ideas are beginning to form in my mind, and I am eager to flesh them out.
Except there’s only one slight problem. The romance. I know, I know, you can’t really have a fairytale without romance because the fact of the matter is that pretty much all fairytales have a huge romance plot thread. *le sigh* The problem here is that I can’t really write romance, because who are we kidding? I know absolutely nothing about romance, and I have no idea how to write a love story or a romantic subplot or even a crush. Nevermind writing about the inevitable kiss that happens in Sleeping Beauty. I guess I shall have to come up with an idea that somehow evades romance entirely. Nevertheless, I shall not let this dilemma dumb down my excitement (yes I know I need a thesaurus to better talk about my excitement.)
So, are you excited about this big reveal? What’s your favorite fairytale? What’s your favorite fairytale retelling? Do you think you’ll enter the contest? And finally, do you have any tips for writing romance for a writer who has never done so before? Or should I just come up with an idea that avoids it? PLEASE TELL ME BECAUSE I AM DESPERATE.
Oh, and have a go at the Twitter thingy, if you would like.
Ana reveals Rooglewood’s new fairytale retelling cover AND the fact that she is incapable of writing romance. (Click to Tweet.)