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Monday, November 18, 2019

Reedsey weekly prompt ~ Once upon a time

Once upon a time 🧚

Earlier this week, we published a blog post about modern fairy tales, and it got us thinking about the fact that no genre of literature is without its own set of tropes — and that certain literary tropes we still see commonly today are rooted centuries back.

This week's prompts are all elements pulled from fairy tales — both modern and old. You can feel free to play them straight: in other words, using the trope traditionally. Or you can feel free to turn the trope on its head. That's the great thing about tropes: they might provide you with a foundation that's already well-worn, but the opportunities to make it your own are endless.
  1. Write a story around the theme: Be careful what you wish for.
  2. Write a story that involves love at first sight.
  3. Write a rags-to-riches story.
  4. Write a story in which characters are warned not to go into the woods.
  5. Write a story about a character on a quest, trying to "prove themselves."

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward

Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines.

Submission Guidelines:
  • Go to this week's Reedsy Prompts contest page
  • Select the prompt you'd like to submit a story to.
  • If you haven't already, sign up for a free Reedsy Prompts account.
  • Enter your title and story, and then hit "Submit story."
  • The length should be 1,000-3,000 words.
  • The deadline to submit a short story based on any of the above prompts is the end of the day on November 22nd, at 11:59pm EST. 
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