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'After Grimm' Tale Writing

Date:01 August 2012

2012 is the bicentenary of the publication of the first volume of the Kinder und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales) by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. As this groundbreaking collection moves into its third century, you are invited to try your hand at writing fairytales.

Deadline - Midnight, 1st August 2012


In a Word doc. or doc.x document attached to an email with ‘After Grimm Competition’ as the subject of the email. Presented on A4 paper, 12pnt font size and double spaced with page numbers. Student number as a header. No name on the story pages, please. Covering page: name, student number (if Alumni quote your expired number), your university affiliation, contact details (email address, postal address, and telephone number). All entries must be submitted to or posted to Laura Bottomley, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 2EE. If entering by post please mark your entry ‘After Grimm Competition’.


  1. You must be a current student or alumni at Kingston University, University of Chichester or University of Essex at the time of the competition deadline.
  2. Late or illegible entries will be disqualified.
  3. Entries should be in English.
  4. Entries should not be a translation.
  5. Entry to the competition is free.
  6. Entries may comprise prose between 500-1000 words or poetry up to 20 lines.
  7. Each entry must be the entrant's own work and not have been published elsewhere or under consideration for another competition.
  8. Entries cannot be returned.
  9. Entrants may submit more than one entry but will not win more than one prize.
  10. The decision of the Competition judges is final.

The Judging Process

Your entry will be judged anonymously so don’t put your name on the pages. All entries will be read by the reading team at Kingston Writing School (comprising MA/MFA students and staff) and a longlist will be created from all entries. Danielle Wood will create the shortlist of entries. Jack Zipes and Marina Warner will choose the winner and two runners up from the shortlist.

The Reading

The winner will be invited to read their entry aloud in front of judges, conference delegates, and the public at the story-telling performance evening on evening of 6th September 2012. Inability to attend the event does not preclude you from entering the competition or being picked as 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.

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Laura Bottomley


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