Hansel and Gretel marvel at the cottage made of sweets

How to Write a Fairy Tale: Writing Magical Stories

Whether you’re interested in participating in our writing competition or just want to try to tell your own story, we’ve got you covered with a handy guide as to how to write a fairy tale.

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Art by Mikalojus Konstantinos Ciurlionis (1909). "Fairy Tale Castle."

Now You Can Publish Your Own Stories on Fairytalez

With our website, readers have been able to enjoy beloved fairy tales like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina and many more; now it’s time to take our love of stories to new heights. Fairytalez is proud to announce a new self-publishing feature where anyone can share their original fairy tale and folk lore stories with the world!

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"The lad in the bear skin and the King of Arabia's daughter." Illustration by Kay Nielsen, published in East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the Norse Illustrated by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe (1914), George Duran Company.

A Prince Who is a Beast: The Search for the Lost Husband in Fairy Tales

Chances are, you’ve probably read fairy tale or folk tale that is known as type “The Search for the Lost Husband,” and may not even know it. For example, the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast relates to this type. What does it mean if a tale is classified “The Search for the Lost Husband”?

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This photograph depicts the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park

Hans Christian Andersen and Three of His Fairy Tales You May Not Know

Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark, and each year, literature enthusiasts celebrate his birthday. Andersen’s more than 160 fairy tales gave the world so many memorable characters and stories, several of which would go on to be retold in movies, television, and books. From The Little Mermaid to the Steadfast Tin Soldier, Hans Christian Andersen stories have stood the test of time.

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Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm. Illustrator unknown. Used under Creative Commons from Wikipedia.org

Wilhelm Grimm, Jakob Grimm, and 5 Lesser Known Grimm Fairy Tales

Wilhelm Grimm, of the popular storytelling duo the Grimm Brothers, was born this day in 1786. He and his brother Jacob are known for their amazing collection of fairy tales, with stories like Snow White and Rapunzel.  The two were historians and researchers who began collecting tales for publication. Many of these stories are retold over and over today, appearing in adaptations in the form of novels, movies, television shows, and even stage plays. You may think you know some of…

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A photo of author J.R.R. Tolkien from 1967

Fairy Tales and Folklore in Tolkien's World

J.R.R Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and several other books, created a fantasy world beyond compare. The legacy of his novels lives on in film, likely because of the rich world he invented. As a fan of fairy tales and folklore, J.R.R. Tolkien was greatly influenced by these stories in his own work.

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Beauty and the Beast, as illustrated by Warwick Goble.

Tale as Old as Time: The Many Versions of Beauty and the Beast

A tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast has been around since the 1700’s and was authored by Gabrielle-Suzanne Bardot de Villeneuve, then expanded upon by Jeannie-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. You’ve seen this story on stage, in film, and in books, but do you know how it first started, and the real tale of the Beast?

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Painted portrait of Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault, Father of the Fairy tale

Google is celebrating fairy tale author Charles Perrault’s 388th birthday today with a series of three beautifully-illustrated Google Doodles. Perrault is the creator of some of your favorite fairy tales and was born January 12, 1628. As the author of Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots, Perrault has been considered “the father of the fairy tale.”

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