The Manifesto – Artists Wanted!

Welcome! I, Alex Schattner, have issued myself a challenge. Within recent years, many YA books have been based on Grimm’sand other fairy tales. With this blog, I intend to create a new anthology of stories which use traditional folk and fairy tale devices to convey moral or ethical messages for our time. My hope is that these stories will inspire people now and in the future to create their own iterations, interpretations, and adaptations. My hope is that they inspire you!

Hans Christian Andersen only wrote his stories two hundred years ago. Before that, there was no Little Mermaid, no emperor without clothes, and no ugly duckling. Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince and Other Tales” (1888) and Frank L. Baum’s “American Fairy Tales” (1901), followed a few years later. I hope to continue in this grand tradition. We’ll see what happens.

The Rules I’m setting for myself:

  1. Monday-Friday, I will write and post a complete  story.
  2. Saturday’s will be dedicated to Haikus.
  3. Sunday’s will be taken off.

These stories are for YOU!

As the name suggests, these tales cannot thrive on their own. They require folks to interpret and use them for inspiration. I welcome you to use these stories as jumping off points for future creative endeavors, and I would be honored to feature any and all works on this site.

I want this setup to be mutually beneficial. If you have any questions, please email me at: mafolktales (at) gmail (dot) com

Alex Schattner

All of my stories are protected under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. The license basically states that the stories are fair-use for non-monetary purposes.

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