We have a winner.
Kate De Goldi has decided. And the winner of the Listener-Goethe-Institut-Victoria-University-of-Wellington-International-Institute-of-Modern-Letters-this-hyphenating-has-to-stop competition to find a Grimm tale that speaks to modern Aotearoa New Zealand is Renata Hopkins.
The Cry Baby, Christchurch-based Hopkins was chosen, says KDG, because:
The writer is completely in charge of tone, pace and structure. The sentences are musical, the vocabulary simple but freighted – contributing to the sense that this is a story that might have been told over and over again by many voices through the centuries.
The two runner-up stories are Little Red Riding Hood Does Over the Big Bad Wolf, by Wendy O’Malley of Whanganui, and Evil Fairy Tales, by Alice and Pagan Tawhai of Dunedin.