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Zimbell House Publishing

Our Mission is to provide writers an affordable platform to become Quality Authors.

Zimbell House Publishing is an independent publishing company combining the best of both traditional and vanity press services, including Print-On-Demand to reduce inventory costs. We do not force our Authors to purchase set quantities of their books.

The Fairy Tale Whisperer: An Anthology of Seven Favorite Tales, All Grown Up

Zimbell House Publishing is hosting a contest featuring a collection of short stories that re-imagine these select seven favorite fairy tales.

We are looking for different, grown up versions of these seven tales, not watered down for children’s eyes. They can be twisted, dark, humorous, modern, etc. These can be the “truth about what really happened” or “what happened next”. Perhaps even several years later, as we check back in on the hero and see what’s going on. Some prompts to get the creative juices flowing:


Where is the magic carpet now?
Who’s holding the lamp?
Is this a modern genii or has it been found again in modern times?

Alice Of Wonderland

Now that Alice is back from Wonderland and all grown up, how has that affected her?
What is she doing with that knife?
Is she a chef?
Or is that look on her face hiding something more sinister?

Beauty & The Beast

Who’s the Beauty and who’s the Beast?
What really happened?
Was it just a story of obsession?
Has the Beast given up his need for destruction?


How does Cinderella feel about Prince Charming now that they’ve been married awhile?
Is it all what it was cracked up to be?
Has her fairy Godmother stuck around?
What ever happened to the middle sister?

The Frog Prince

What was the real reason the Prince was cursed?
Did he scorn the witch’s affections?
Was it a simple misunderstanding?
Does the Prince get even?

(Not so Little) Red Riding Hood

Was the wolf really a human?
Is she the new danger in the woods now that she’s all grown up?
Or is she just a little more careful and a little less naive?

Snow White

Now that her innocence is shattered, how have her relationships changed?
Has she forgiven her nemesis?
Does she still like apples?
Were there really only seven dwarves? Are you sure they were all male?

Remember, these prompts are only suggestions. We want to see your take on these stories. Have fun and submit your best work.

Keep in mind that this is a contest. Your work will not be edited, therefore submit your best work.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2014 with a targeted release date of December 1, 2014.

There is no fee to enter this contest.

Submission Guidelines:

  • No work may be more than 20,000 words. Please watch your word count. Submissions over this word count will be disqualified for this anthology.
  • The work must not have appeared in print anywhere before.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Each author may submit up to three (3) unique works, however they must be submitted separately.
  • Work must be submitted as an attachment in an email to:
      submissions (at)
  • Subject line of email must say: The Fairy Tale Whisperer
  • Work must be in Microsoft Word, double spaced, 12 point font.
  • Body of email must include: contact information and a brief synopsis of the piece.

    1st Prize: $250.00
    2nd Prize: $100.00
    3rd Prize: $50.00

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in softcover. Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. Again there is no charge for the submissions. This is an opportunity to build your platform.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2014.

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