Cover Reveal + Fairy Tale Contest! "Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme"

Dear Fullness of Joy blog-readers, I have an exciting writing-related event to share with you all! Around last year, Anne Elisabeth Stengl hosted through her Rooglewood Press, a fairy-tale novella contest for Cinderella retellings. It was a big event, and there were a lot of contestants, seemingly. I recall being greatly intrigued by the contest, and wishing very badly to enter. I wasn't able to write up anything last year, but in the past few months, with the release of Five Glass Slippers anthology on its way and with the news that there will be another contest coming, it has been a curious wait to see what the new fairy-tale selection the new contest would feature. I was so very thrilled, though, because they have chosen my absolute favourite fairy-tale! Aye, dear readers, 'tis Beauty and the Beast.

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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Cover Illustration Credit:

This cover illustration was rendered by Julia Popova, “ForestGirl.” You can find out more about this gifted artist on her website:

I must say I am so thrilled by this fairy-tale contest, and that it is the story of Beauty and the Beast! So thrilled in fact, I have the greatest temptation to try and enter the contest if I can somehow muster the time, inspiration and courage. We'll see! But, don't you think the book-cover is beautiful and so. . . so, enchanting
Tale as old as time
Tune as old as song
Bittersweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong.
Certain as the sun
Rising in the east!
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast. . . 

Are YOU excited about this contest? What do you think about "Five Enchanted Roses" cover?


  1. What a fantastic idea... I shall have to stew on it for a couple of days... :)

    1. I just saw on your blog that you plan on writing a beauty and the beast retelling story set in the 1920s of Germany. That would be simply wonderful! I am thinking of trying to write a WW2 era retelling of B&B if I can find the time!!

      It is exciting, isn't it?

  2. O.O

    If you and I are BOTH entering the contest that would be so much fun! *excited squeal* And "Beauty and the Beast" is my favouritest Fairytale too. Fancy that. ^_^

    Oh, and the cover? G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. Seriously, I can't stop admiring it. O.O

    1. I know, I know, Annie! It would be absolutely exciting if we both enter the contest! I am mulling over my WW2 retelling, but haven't gotten around to writing anything much yet. I hope your writing is coming along happily, dear Annie :).

      Yes! Beauty and the Beast is your favorite too? That is so nice that we share the same love for this story. I had been really hoping the contest would be this particular fairytale because I love it so much.

      Me too - this cover is so beautiful!! It inspires me just by looking at it :)

      Love you, dear! God bless :)

  3. I'm kiiiind of tempted, though I've never actually written a short story before, and I'm not 100% sure on the rights aspect. *shrugs* I might look into it further, but, lol, I'm SUCH a procrastinator. I love that they're doing this again! It's such a good opportunity for unpublished writers, right?!!

    1. Cait, it would be simply splendid if you did enter the contest :). I too was really afraid of writing short-stories once, but then I wrote and got shortlisted for a short story two years back and I enjoyed the experience so much. This particular contest allows for a minimum of 5,000 words up to 20,000 which is more like a novella contest if anything else. The copyrights of the stories, royalties, prize money for winners, etc, is actually detailed on the Roogleswood website which might help :).

      But I know! I am a terrible procrastinator too, and so busy with my highschool studies. Also, I am reluctant to get sidetracked in another story when I want to focus on my WW2 novel WIP - however, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale, I love Anne Elisabeth's novels and think it would be fantastic to work with her. . . plus the opportunity of publication and having your story appear on such a gorgeous cover makes the temptation so much more appealing!!

      Oh yes, it sure is!


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