(Because even though there are only five winners, there are hundreds of stories written for each contest, and many of the contestants go ahead and publish their stories on their own. Case in point: my own CinderEddy, which wasn't actually finished in time to enter in the contest, granted)
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.
Cover Illustration Credit:
This cover illustration was rendered by Julia Popova, “ForestGirl.” You can find out more about this gifted artist on her website: www.forestgirl.ru
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~And ... now for my own comments. First of all - called it. Maybe I never stated my guess online, but I was about 75% sure that we'd be writing about Sleeping Beauty this year (Other 25% was split between Rapunzel and the Little Mermaid)
Second - I like the cover, though I was expecting more of a pink theme. I don't know why, but Sleeping Beauty is a very rosy fairy tale in my mind (May have something to do with her name - Rosamond/Briar Rose, and Aurora means "dawn" which is again, rather pink.) The gold's growing on me, though. It's quite pretty all the same.
Third ... I've already got a brilliant idea for my entry. (Is it my historical retelling I mentioned a few months back? No - I'm not quite ready to write that one yet.) Truth be told I didn't have the idea until I saw the cover two days ago - and suddenly a title popped into my mind and just grew. It's called Poison Kiss, and basically the jilted fairy decides that sleeping curses triggered by pricked fingers are getting a bit to common and switches things up - within her sixteenth year, she will taste true loves kiss and then die in her lover's arms. This, of course, leaves the youngest fairy a bit confused and after stating the mandatory dilution of "deathlike sleep," adds a unsure "perhaps a spinning wheel shall save her?" I'm not entirely sure how the story is going to resolve, though currently my idea involves Rumplestilskin, Puss in Boots, and the White Cat. It's going to be brilliant.
So there we go - Sleeping Beauty. What's your favorite retelling of it? Are you excited to see it sweeping the nation? I know I am!
I'll be back tomorrow with the character encounter.