Flash Fiction Challenge: Fairy Tales, Remixed

Last week’s challenge: The Who, The Where, The Uh-Oh

Pick a fairy tale.

Go on, do it.

I’ll wait.

If you don’t know your fairy tales — Google is your friend, of course.

Hell, here’s a pretty good list of the Grimm’s tales.

I want you to pick one — I’ll let you do that — and rewrite it.

Except, wait now, hold on.

I want you to also roll to choose a random subgenre. You will then apply said random subgenre to the fairy tale you have picked for maximum awesome. Get it? Got it? Rad.

You have 1000 words.

You have one week — due Friday, January 31st, noon, EST.

Write it at your online space. Link back here.

Do tell us which fairy tale you’re using by making it the title of your story.


(roll a d20 or go to a random number generator)

  1. Cyberpunk
  2. Dystopian
  3. Erotica
  4. Spy Thriller
  5. Southern Gothic
  6. Satire
  7. Urban Fantasy
  8. Space Horror
  9. Space Opera
  10. Young Adult Contemporary
  11. “Grimdark” Fantasy
  12. Psychological Horror
  13. Hard Sci-Fi
  14. Slasher Film
  15. Ecothriller
  16. Sword & Sorcery
  17. Lovecraftian
  18. Zombie Apocalypse
  19. Superhero
  20. Detective

269 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Fairy Tales, Remixed”

  1. Okay, this is my first ever go, both at a Chuck Wendig Challenge AND flash fiction of 1,000 words or less. And of course I’ve now looked at everyone else’s and gone “Awww, they’re all soooo much better than mine – I suuuuuuucccck…”

    *Stops. Thinks. Pulls out pen and writes “Note to self: in future, don’t do own PR.*

    Anyway, I made the deadline AND stuck to the 1,000-word limit, so I’ll allow myself a minor ‘Yay, go me’ for that. I picked ‘Cinderella’ and I rolled ‘Detective’ for my subgenre. And here is my link:


    • Me too Rebecca. Mine would just not tell itself in 1000 words. I may have to rewrite it for fun submission somewhere else sometime… Somewhere without a limit of 1000 words…

      • Yeah, to my surprise I came up with something that can stand on it’s own, and could go in the longer version into a short-story collection that’s percolating in the back of my mind.

  2. This is too much fun! I chose a Russian fairytale (I wanted to broaden my fairy tale palate from the Grimm Brothers) called The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa and gave it a little dystopian fun. It’s a little over (300 words :/) but I didn’t have time to do any real edits. And I wanted to get it up on time one week in January! Winning!

    Here it is, hope you enjoy it guys: http://prose.smoph.org/2014/01/30/the-firebird-and-princess-vasilisa-dystopian-worlds/

    Looking forward to what everyone else got up to tomorrow!

    • That was good. And I read the one from last week, too, as long as I was there, and liked it even better.

      • Thanks Rebecca! I was pretty late with that one, so it didn’t get much of an audience. It was good because I learnt a bit about the Chinatown here in Vancouver, where I’m living.

      • Yeah, I have to admit, I didn’t know much about the Firebird in Russian fairytales, so did a bit of reading. It’s an amazing theme, a trademark for a quest. I love fairytales, and I am going to have to read more I think.

    • Okay, so I remember watching a cartoon movie of this story when I was a kid. Ever since I saw you mention it here, I’ve been scouring the internet to find something about that movie, but I’ve come up with nada. It’s driving me crazy!

      But. I like your twist on it the story! If I remember correctly, the original tells that the king gets boiled alive and the Huntsman marries Vasilisa. But I think I enjoy her as a schemer staging a coup! Yeah, I feel bad for the Huntsman…but maybe being a bird won’t be so bad. ; ) Great job!

      • Yeah, you’re right but I wrote the marriage out of the ending because, hey, it’s a new world, and I’m sick of women being the prize. Yay empowerment!

        I did feel bad about the Huntsman, but I figured he gets freedom instead of being used by everyone for all the rest of his life. And that maybe that was her kindness to him.

        Interestingly, both the Firebird and Vasilisa are Russian fairytale staples, so I feel they’ll meet again. Firebird is the signal for or initiation of a quest, while Vasilisa is the pure woman done over by hardship.

    • I guess technically mine is grimdark fantasy, rather than psychological horror, since I haven’t modernized the setting, and there is a talking cat that isn’t just talking in the p.o.v. character’s head.

    • Good idea for updating it. I had a similar link in my head (as one I wanted to write too, after I had an idea trawling through the fairytales). Good one.

  3. Hey people, i chose the juniper tree because of its bloodshed, and finished the zombie apocalypse version of it JUST before the due date.

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