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The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story

The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story

Author(s): Rebecca Hickox Ayres

Location(s): Iraq

Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy

Era(s): A long time ago...

Poor Maha! Her jealous stepmother makes her do all the housework while her selfish stepsister lazes about.

Since Maha’s father is away fishing most of the time, there is no one to help or comfort her. All that begins to change when Maha finds a magical red fish. In return for sparing his life, the fish promises to help Maha whenever she calls him. On the night Maha is forbidden to attend a grand henna to celebrate the coming wedding of a wealthy merchant’s daughter, the fish is true to his word. His magic sets in motion a chain of events that reward Maha with great happiness, and a dainty golden sandal is the key to it all.

Rebecca Hickox’s eloquent retelling and Will Hillenbrand’s lush pictures offer a beguiling version of a story well-loved by many cultures the world over.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021