Adults competition

Adult creative writing competition

Hansel and Gretel — Beyond the fairy tale

Hansel and Gretel sit by a fire in the forest


Read here the 12 shortlisted stories in the Hansel and Gretel adult writing. competition held in late 2012.

The standard of the shortlisted stories was been described as 'exceptional' by the books editor of 'The Scotsman' newspaper, David Robinson.

Caroline von Schmalensee
Caroline von

Judges selected Caroline von Schmalensee as the overall winner out of 92 entries. 'The Scotsman' newspaper published Caroline's story on January 26.

The shortlisted stories


Inspiration for a ballet

A collaborative venture between the National Library of Scotland and Scottish Ballet, the competition was designed to explore new ideas around the timeless tale of Hansel and Gretel.

Ideas from the stories will be used by Scottish Ballet to develop a new production of 'Hansel and Gretel' which will be premiered later this year.

All the shortlisted finalists took part in a writing masterclass at NLS with Scots author Louise Welsh on 1 February. Read more in our archived news story about the competition results.

A writing competition for primary schools ran alongside the adult competition.


Hansel and Gretel competitions page


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