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Elizabeth Hopkinson

Elizabeth Hopkinson, winner of the James White Award, writes fairy tales, fantasy and historical fiction. She reprints her short stories here.

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Elizabeth Hopkinson is from West Yorkshire, home of the Brontës, Anne Lister and the Cottingley Fairies. She has had over 80 short stories, fairy tales and flash fictions published in the likes of Dancing with Mr Darcy, The Forgotten & the Fantastical, Mslexia, Interzone and Strange Horizons. Her stories have been performed in the Solstice Shorts Festival and by Liars’ League. Elizabeth herself has appeared at Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe, and is a regular at Bradford Brick Box Room’s open mic. She was the winner of the James White Award, Fairytalez best gender-swap fairy tale, and the Liars’ League/National Gallery Inspiration contest, as well as being a runner-up in several other contests. She has crowdfunded a collection of Asexual Fairy Tales, which came out from SilverWood Books in 2019. She has spent much of the past decade working on a trilogy about a castrato and a bird-charmer in C18th Italy. Elizabeth is married with one grown-up daughter. She identifies as asexual, and is committed to asexual rights.

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The Thirteenth King

Published Apr 4, 2020 · 2,410 words (9 minutes)

Fantasy Humor fairy tale fairy tales retold quirky uplifting

There is a kind of truth in everything. Even a fairy tale about a boy with twelve books in his back pocket who somehow ends up becoming king of the most beige-brown city imaginable.

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Mr Spink Learns to Fly

Published Apr 4, 2020 · 2,625 words (10 minutes) · 101 views

Fantasy Humor quirky bookshop magic carpet

The owner of an antique bookshop discovers love and adventure when it turns out the carpet in his shop is the magic, flying kind, infused with the personality of a 16th century Persian nobleman.

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Joseph Campbell’s book, Myths to Live By (1972), original edition from Viking Press. The reading process was splendid; among the smokey woods and carpets of my home back in Brighton, England. I personally take delight in the ambience of this photo, its mystery and aliveness.

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Tam-lin

Published Mar 10, 2020 · 1,543 words (6 minutes) · 250 views

Fantasy Romance retelling fairy tale Scotland traditional

My retelling of the Scottish ballad about a brave girl who risks all to rescue the knight she loves from entrhallment to the Fairy Queen.

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We went to Germany for one day to explore some famous instagram photo spots. The first stop was Burg Eltz during sunrise. With no tourists there yet and this amazing fog covering the castle it was like a fairytale.

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Cat Flowers

Published Feb 6, 2020 · 328 words (2 minutes) · 175 views

Fantasy magic cats

Did you know that cats can do magic? Mine can. A brief and magical story inspired by my cat, Sootica.

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Enter the Komodo

Published Jan 6, 2020 · 3,387 words (13 minutes)

Fantasy Humor surreal Gulliver quirky

Antimony needs a man like the Academy of Lagado needs a paper bicycle. As its new Chancellor, she is determined to bring the Swiftian institution into the modern world. So, why has a Komodo dragon arrived on her doorstep with a sign saying Marry Me around its neck? And how can she get rid of it? A lightheated story inspired by Gulliver's Travels.

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A Komodo Dragon wanders around its enclosure in the hope of finding something to eat. They are the biggest type of lizard in the world and are found on a few islands in Indonesia.

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Snow Star

Published Dec 5, 2019 · 154 words (1 minute) · 311 views

Fantasy fairy tale christmas flash fiction snow star magical

A Flash Fiction Fairy Tale for Christmas. On Christmas night, the children gather in the snow cave...

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The Legend of the Bradford Boar

Published Oct 9, 2019 · 927 words (4 minutes) · 422 views

Classic Fantasy Historical retelling Yorkshire myths and legends local legend

Discover the Yorkshire legend of the Bradford Boar, retold by Elizabeth Hopkinson. A fearsome boar guards the well. Can anyone defefat it?

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The Origin of Love

Published Aug 30, 2019 · 519 words (2 minutes) · 395 views

Classic Fantasy lgbtq+ asexuality Greek mythology

A sneak peek at the first story in my new collection, Asexual Fairy Tales, now available to preorder. The tale of why humans go seeking their other half. Based on Plato.

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Signor Pietro's Pigeon

Published Jul 30, 2019 · 2,950 words (11 minutes) · 1 view

Historical coming of age 18th century prizewinning Yorkshire

A young boy learns a lesson when he tries to secure his pigeon fame and fortune at the grand opening of Halifax Piece Hall in 1779. Shortlisted in the HWA/Dorothy Dunnet Short Story Competition 2017.

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Thinking Outside the Box

Published Jul 30, 2019 · 917 words (4 minutes) · 253 views

Historical prizewinning true story 19th century black history

Inspired by a true story. In antebellum Virginia, Henry Brown mailed himself to freedom in a box. But now that he repeats his feat in venues around the world as a conjuring trick, will he ever be free. Second prize winner in the Swanwick Writers' Summer School short story competition, in association with Writing Magazine, 2017.

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