Tale As Old As Time

01 June 2014

“there is the great lesson of 'Beauty and the Beast,' that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”
g.k. chesterton

Last year Rooglewood Press hosted a highly successful creative writing contest that centered on the classic fairytale "Cinderella." Writers of all ages were invited to create their own novella-length spin on the beloved tale, and the winning stories are due to be released in the Five Glass Slippers collection on June 14th. Now Anne Elisabeth Stengl is introducing Rooglewood's second creative writing contest, and it proves to be even more intriguing!

the cover


the contest

Rooglewood Press is delighted to introduce their second fairy tale novella contest—

Five Enchanted Roses
a collection of “Beauty and the Beast” 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 “Beauty and the Beast,” but have fun with it as well. Make it yours!

Rooglewood Press will be selecting five winners to be published in the Five Enchanted Roses collection, which will be packaged up with the gorgeous cover you see displayed here. Perhaps your name will be one of the five displayed on this cover?

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 pre-order now and will be released on June 14. Do grab yourself a copy and see what these talented writers have done with the timeless “Cinderella” tale!

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"Beauty and the Beast" has long been my favorite fairy tale (and yes, for reasons that extend beyond its heroine's bookishness, though I certainly wouldn't refuse several hours in that library). We grew up on the Disney movie and the songs that have become familiarity itself, but I also have a tender spot for the more antiquated story that inspired the film. Its classic facets and motifs make it fertile soil for many time periods and genres, which is why it suits a contest of this nature well. But perhaps — perhaps Chesterton's words, quite unsuprisingly, are what pluck my heart-strings and call me back time and again, those simple words that stake "Beauty and the Beast" on the notion that a thing must be loved before it is loveable.

And that thought is enough to keep me writing for years.

3 epistles:

  1. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairy-tale too, Elizabeth! :) I am so excited for "Five Enchanted Roses" contest. I really want to write a story and enter the contest, my only big one restraint is school-time!! :'(
    But I am determined to try... this cover is the most gorgeous one I have ever seen!

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  2. And I love Chesterton's words... perhaps that is indeed why I love B&B so much. It has an almost biblical theme to it!

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  3. WOW! Thank you so much for posting about this! I had no idea people actually did this. Plus, I am actually currently working on a retelling of the story Beauty and the Beast anyway. Yay! I'm so excited. Thanks! :)

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