Short Story Competition - Modern Fairy Tales

The Ministry of Equality has launched a new short story competition. The theme of the competition is Modern Fairy Tales.

The aim of the competition is to encourage authors to challenge gender stereotypes which have traditionally been prevalent in children’s literature. Classic children’s books and even contemporary stories frequently portray men and women in terms of specific socially defined gender norms. 

The competition, therefore, aims to inspire authors to develop characters who exist as individuals and who explicitly challenge and defy stereotypes. In this way, the competition hopes to redress gender imbalances, such as the under-representation of female protagonists, which often exists in traditional fairy tales.