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Re-Write a Fairy Tale for Literary Mama

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Have you had a chance to read over Cassie Premo Steele's latest installment of Birthing the Mother Writer column? Cassie puts a modern/feminist spin on Sleeping Beauty, and invites readers to do the same with their favorite classic fairy tale:

I invite you to explore the psychological depth that fairy tales can reveal by writing a personal essay that retells a fairy tale in contemporary terms and reveals lessons for mothers today. Please email your submission of 1000 words or less to birthingmotherwriter[AT]gmail[dot]com by March 7th. Be sure to put "Birthing the Mother Writer: 4" in the subject line, and place the text of your essay in the body of the email. By sending in your submission, you agree that your piece, if chosen for publication, may receive suggestions for revision, and you also agree to revise and submit a new version for publication within two weeks.

It's a great opportunity to exercise those creative muscles, and to receive feedback from a stellar writer and editor. Check out some of the earlier columns and reader responses to see how it's been done. Deadline for submissions is March 7th!


Maria Scala lives with her family in Toronto, where she works as a freelance writer and editor. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings with a Sicilian Accent, Descant, The Mom Egg, Literary Mama, PoetryReviews, and Exploring Voice: Italian Canadian Female Writers. Maria holds an MPub from Simon Fraser University. She is a former columns editor, senior editor, and editor-in-chief for Literary Mama.


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