Once Upon a Time Writing Contest: Theme!

If you are here, you are wondering about the #tweetofdoom, also known as Once Upon a Time Flash Fiction Writing Contest (tag #ouatwriting on Twitter). That, or you stumbled onto my blog due to the surplus of John William Waterhouse paintings.

There are only two general types of people who visit Yearning for Wonderland: writers/those who love good writing and art thieves. For those who are the latter, please help yourself to the lovely Waterhouse sketch below (only kidding, totally ganked this from the Wikipedia page). I do encourage you art thieves to stay and read on a bit, however. Especially if you also write.

A Female Study, John William Waterhouse

So today’s post (not to completely digress) regards the super secret extra exciting announcement of the wondrous theme of the Once Upon a Time Writing Contest. *cue bombastic music with lots of cymbals clashing and soaring horns*

Oh, you wanted to know the theme! The theme for the Once Upon a Time Writing Contest is:


Take that as you will. Perhaps it is a fairy tale set in an unexpected place, like a gas station. Perhaps it is a fractured fairytale, a fairy tale turned on its head, a fairy tale that isn’t one till the end. There are fairy tales all around us, should we only care to look.

Given the awesome breadth of the Fairy Ring Contest, I have every confidence that our unexpected fairy tales will be equal parts lovely, charming, terrifying, inspiring, and daunting. Plus, this contest is now international and co-sponsored by the lovely British flash fiction writer, Susi Holliday (@SJIHolliday on Twitter), so you know there will be twists even I cannot foresee.

copyright Ulrika Kestere

The photos are by the talented Ulrika Kestere, described as: “a woman whose drying laundry is taken by a sudden storm, and as she travels the countryside discovers her clothing has taken an unexpected form.” You can see her work here.

Copyright Ulrika Kestere

More details to come, be sure to add #ouatwriting on Twitter. Ask me, if you don’t know how to do a tag search and be sure to use it when sharing about the contest.

As the theme is unexpected fairy tales, please try to honor that. You do not have to use the words “Once Upon a Time” in your story. The title is not included in the word count.  If you have other questions, feel free to comment, tweet or email me. Please no erotica or slasher fiction.

So go forth, my fictionlings, and ponder this unexpected magic. I expect great things from you!


  1. Angie Richmond
    Mar 18, 2012

    Great theme!! Thanks Anna :)

    • ruanna3
      Mar 20, 2012

      These fairy tales! They shall be ours!

  2. Lillie McFerrin
    Mar 19, 2012

    This will be so much fun! Super theme :)

    • ruanna3
      Mar 20, 2012

      Fun with your help, pretty lady!

  3. Becca J. Campbell
    Mar 19, 2012

    Ooooh. Am pondering. :)

    • ruanna3
      Mar 20, 2012

      I’m excited to see you enter, Becca!

  4. Angela
    Mar 19, 2012

    Brain working on fairyishness….beginning…..now. 😀

    • ruanna3
      Mar 20, 2012

      I think your brain works on fairyishness more often than you admit, my dear Miss Goff 😀

  5. Kern Windwraith
    Mar 19, 2012

    Oh, yes! Once upon a time! My favourite beginning! Can’t wait for more details.

    • ruanna3
      Mar 20, 2012

      Oh yes, there will be details. Moo hoo ha ha!

  6. Matt Sloan
    Mar 19, 2012

    Hmm…I could do something with this!

    • ruanna3
      Mar 20, 2012

      I have complete confidence that you will :)

  7. Annie Evett
    Apr 28, 2012

    Love this – will def be entering!!

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