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Title: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: mrsbear on October 17, 2011, 11:02 AM
Is anyone else writing retold folktales for magazines?

Highlights just published my retold tale Stitching the Rip in the Sky, and I’m researching other folktales.

I’ve been using Sur La Lune as a good online resource (http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/), and I’ve been reading folktale anthologies like Joanna Cole’s Best-Loved Folktales of the World, Italo Calvino’s Italian Folktales, and Johnson/Sickels/Sayers Anthology of Children’s Literature.

Any recommendations of other online and print resources for folktales?
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: cindybb on October 18, 2011, 05:24 AM
Congrats on getting a story into Highlights!
As for a resource for folktales and many, many other public domain stories, I recommend checking out the Baldwin Project
http://www.mainlesson.com/main/displayarticle.php?article=mission

Good luck!
Cindy
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: writerdebm on October 21, 2011, 12:19 PM

Hey! I like using Project Gutenberg to browse around looking for fairytales...


http://www.gutenberg.org/

Another good resource is
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folklinks.html


Congrats on Stitching the Rip in the Sky and happy story hunting!

Deb

Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: mrsbear on October 25, 2011, 05:47 PM
Thanks, Deb and Cindy.

I'll check out your recommendations!

Ellen
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: Pons on October 25, 2011, 06:04 PM
Quote
http://www.gutenberg.org/

Thanks for the link. I'm sure I'll be using it.
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: Frances on October 26, 2011, 04:54 AM
Hi Ellen,
I recognize you from the 2011 Rutgers 1-on-1 thread - I was there but arrived Sat so missed the Blueboarder dinner. I've retold many tales for educational publishers for work-for-hire books and other projects and have used the online sources writerdebm listed. You might be interested in the new epicturebook venture, uTales, which is launching Nov. 2 as an Apple App. There are already some retold tales on the site and they welcome more. As an author, you can collaborate with an illustrator. A number of conventionally-published writers have books up. There is editorial oversight; books must be approved for publication on uTales and Emma Dryden currently oversees the approval board. Part of any proceeds benefit a charity called Pencils for Promise.
Congratulations on your story in Highlights!
Best wishes - Frances
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: Liz on October 26, 2011, 06:01 AM
Congrats on the Highlights publlication!

and great thread! bookmarking

Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: Emily G on October 26, 2011, 07:51 AM
You might find the Journal of Mythic Arts useful, which among other things has a wonderful collection of articles about fairy tales and myths. These always make me regard a story with new eyes, which is great for coming up with ideas for retellings, reworkings, etc.

http://endicottstudio.typepad.com/jomahome/
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: mrsbear on October 28, 2011, 05:07 PM
Thanks, Frances, for the information about uTales—sounds interesting—Emma Dryden on the approval board is impressive and I like the idea of the proceeds going to Pencils of Promise.  Sorry I didn’t have a chance to meet you at Rutgers—I had a great time. Hope you did too. Maybe I’ll see you next year at Rutgers or maybe at an SCBWI conference. I’ll look for your Sylvan Dell publications!

Thanks, Emily, for suggesting the Journal of Mythic Arts. I’ll check it out. I’ve also found interesting articles/stories in Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies.
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: Ramona on November 29, 2011, 10:16 AM
Hi Ellen,

Here are some resources I've found:

Folklinks at http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folklinks.html,   and Folktexts at http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html   --both are freely available.   

Also the Aarne–Thompson classification system at Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarne%E2%80%93Thompson_classification_system .

Through my library I can access folklore.greenwood.com for free.  If you can get that through your library, it is amazing! 

Happy writing, and hope to hear about more of your folktales being published!!

Ramona
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: Dani Duck on January 17, 2012, 11:30 AM
I have lots of ideas of my own, but it might be fun to retell old folk tales. I have some more obscure ones in mind. Just a quick question on this. How does retelling a folk tale change a cover letter? I assume you would tell the publisher that it's a retelling of such and such story, but are there any other differences?
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: mirandapaulbooks on January 18, 2012, 08:23 AM
So glad I found this thread.  And yes, with Emma Dryden on board for uTales, I'd say it's worth checking out.  I have several folk tale retellings and adaptations published through iStorybooks - including three Gambian / West African tales - but am looking for homes for other cultural ones.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: Frances on January 22, 2012, 06:45 AM
Hi Miranda, MrsBear - and everyone else interested in this topic - You might now want to check out the submissions guidelines for Sylvan Dell Publishing for your tales; SD recently added a call for retold tales, especially from authors and/or illustrators who have a connection to the culture from which the tales originate. Here's the link:
http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/Submissions.htm
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: mlbrown on January 22, 2012, 02:26 PM
mrsbear-Big congrats on your Highlights acceptance!!! And thanks for starting this thread, it's a gold mine!
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: mrsbear on March 24, 2012, 09:22 AM
Just received an acceptance from AppleSeeds to develop a retold folktale for their issue with a theme of Cats Rule! (sounds like they understand perfectly cat personality). I'm thrilled to have this opportunity as it will be my first publication with the Cobblestone magazine group!
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: LisaKS on March 24, 2012, 05:46 PM
Hooray! Congratulations to you!
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: Ev on March 24, 2012, 07:23 PM
That's wonderful news, Ellen!  Congratulations!  And have fun writing the story.   :partytime
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: Frances on March 25, 2012, 05:27 AM
Congratulations. It sounds like a fun re-told tale assignment!
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: CarrieLee on May 10, 2012, 10:07 AM
Thrilled that Sylvan Dell is looking for folktale related material. Thanks for the heads up, though I'm a wee bit late to the party.
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: mrsbear on June 17, 2012, 04:52 PM
Kitty Griffin's workshop on Folktales, Fairy Tales, and Legends at the NJ SCBWI conference was superb. For more info, check out her website--http://www.kittygriffin.com/  Also, her books The Ride: The Legend of Betsy Dowdy and Cowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets are exciting and great fun to read.
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: awful waffles on June 17, 2012, 06:40 PM
Wow, Ellen--Highlights and Appleseeds!  Congratulations!  I have retold tale submission at Charlesbridge, so I'd appreciate any crossed fingers.  It's a retelling of the Gingerbread Man as Biscochito Man, after our official New Mexico state cookie.  Thanks to all for the helpful resources here.
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: Vijaya on June 18, 2012, 11:29 AM
Bookmarking this excellent thread for future use. I've retold a couple of folktakes for educational companies, and really enjoy it. Thanks for the info on Sylvan Dell. They make lovely books.

Congratulations, Mrs. Bear, on the acceptances!!! Please post again when they appear, so that we can go check them out.
Vijaya
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: crookedbook on August 16, 2012, 07:14 AM
Great thread! Bumples Magazine published my re-telling of a folktale.
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: mrsbear on September 02, 2012, 02:01 PM
Hi Crooked Brook--What's the name of your folktale in Bumples and which issue did it appear in?
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: crookedbook on September 02, 2012, 05:05 PM
It was in the April 2012 issue - It's called Takumba the Greedy Turtle. The story explains how the turtle came by his cracked shell. :) Thank you for asking!
Title: Re: Writing Retold Folktales
Post by: mrsbear on September 15, 2012, 03:42 PM
How the turtle came by his cracked shell--that's a question that my daughter never asked when she was in her "a question every minute" phase. But I'm eager to find out the answer.