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Submission Guidelines:

Picture books are storybooks where the text is embedded in illustrations on each page. In the "Fractured Fairy Tale" category, you tell a tale you already know, but you twist it in a funny way to make it your own. In this category, don't give us a faithful retelling, but really mess up the story and make us laugh.

Acceptable illustrations are pencil, colored pencil, pen, crayon, marker, paint, collage, photographs or computer generated illustrations. If photographs or computer illustrations are used, they must be integrated into the pages of the book. That is, the illustrations and text must appear together on the page, as in a published work. Picture books must be at least five pages long. While there is no word count limitation and no maximum page length, keep in mind that picture books are generally under 32 pages and contain fewer than 1500 words. Text can be typed or printed clearly.

We accept collaborations between authors and illustrators, but you much enter the age category appropriate for the oldest contributor.


Teaching this Genre:

Maybe the most famous fractured fairy tale is The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. This is a retelling of The Gingerbread Man, except instead of gingerbread, the hero is made of stinky cheese. Check out this blog post, Run, Run, as Fast as You Can, for an in-depth discussion of many versions of this story. Another example: The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig which begins this way: "One upon a time there were three cuddly little wolves with soft fur and fluffy tales..."

The key to a fractured fairy tale involves some sort of reversal of what is expected. Coming up with ideas for these tales can start with the phrase "What if?" What if Cinderella were really ugly? What if Snow White was found by seven chihuahuas instead of seven dwarves? What if Beauty turned into a beast instead of the beast turning into a prince?

Here's a list of fractured fairy tales you may find at your local library.

Read, Write, Think takes you through writing your own fractured fairy tale.

Brownie Locks's fractured fairy tales, many from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show that aired from 1950-1961. Or you can watch them for added inspiration:

2008 Finalists:


Heather T. (with Catie T., age 5, illustrator), "Red Riding Hood & The Case of the Missing Muffins".