CatholicAuthor Short Story Contest: Fairy Tales | Winners Announced!

CatholicAuthor Short Story Contest: Fairy Tales | Winners Announced!

Jan 24, 2022 | Announcements, Contest, Latest

4/01/2022 Update

The popular winners are announced, and our sponsors have selected the first place finalists!

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Thanks to all who participated. Your creative contributions swelled the pages of Pennon, our quarterly journal.

3/15/2022 Update

Voting on Round 1 is live, and the top stories from each group is published in our brand new journal!

Visit here to read them

The members of the groups are now voting on who makes it into the top 3 finalist positions!

3/8/2022 Update

Submissions are closed for this contest! The judges are in review. (Check out the next contest!)

We will post about the top 10 contestants in the groups for peer judging in a few days!

Come one, come all! February is our first contest month, where all members are invited to send in a short story on a theme. The winners get published in our journal, online, and earn free membership to our community!

CatholicAuthor is the online community for the modern Catholic fiction writer, 17+. CatholicAuthor Teens is the private community for high schoolers, 13+! Join us each month for monthly genre challenges, quarterly contests, and a regular printable journal – Pennon.

It’s the most exciting way for writers new and old to share works in progress, give and get feedback, build your writing portfolio, make friends and networks, and get mentorship!

Winners of the contest get published in Pennon, our quarterly journal. This journal is professionally designed, the perfect gift for lovers of writing.

Check out our manifesto course, ‘How to be a Catholic Author’ – linked within the adult or teen community!

Contest Theme: Fairy Tales

Your short story submission must be between 1,500 to 3,000 words. All cultures and writing styles welcome! Original stories or retellings welcome.

Recommendation: avoid over-told fairy tales. If you choose to retell a popular fairytale, consider putting a new spin on it.

Read more about our approach to the realm of fae, and fairy tales.

See all the contest details, how to enter, what the finalists win, and more on the official contest page!

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    Do you have a direct email address so that my daughter can email her story for the contest? we did join the membership but want her to simply send it by email instead of posting it? Also since she does not have a credit card it is under my account. tomorrow is the deadline.

    • Dominic de Souza

      Hi Roopa, we have updated the conditions for entry to the contest. Please check the video, and the form on this page!

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    How would I join catholic author teens?

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    I was wondering if for my submission I could submit my own true and untold (Catholic) story of Cinderella?

    • Dominic de Souza

      You’re welcome to submit any fairy tale you like – per the entry guidelines, “If you choose to retell a popular fairytale, consider putting a new spin on it.”

    • Dominic de Souza

      Thank you! We all hope to have a lot of fun with it all. :D

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    Would a collection Of haiku’s be acceptable?

    • Dominic de Souza

      A good question :) unfortunately, no, it’s not a poetry contest, but short stories. Entries should start at 1,500 words, to around 3,000.

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Dominic Vera

Founder of LegendFiction, and a total Wandery. Geeks over epics, mystics, science, the angelic, & Netflix. A young, Catholic dad and novelist passionate about worldbuilding and faith-inspired fiction. A graduate from the Writer’s Institute for Children’s Literature, self-published a children’s novel, and works as a full time marketer and graphic designer. Married, with a small girl and a smaller corgi. Website | See more of Dominic's posts

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