"Until My Dancing Days Are Done" Picked for First Annual FABLES Reader's Choice Awards

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The results of FABLES Magazine's first annual "Reader's Choice" Awards for 2003 have been announced, and the winners include writer Angela D. Mitchell's acclaimed fantasy story "Until My Dancing Days Are Done" (http://www.fables.org/autumn03/dancing_days.html). Originally featured in the Great Hall of FABLES Magazine's Autumn 2003 issue, Mitchell's story of poverty, murder and envy was inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale "The Red Shoes."

The results of FABLES Magazine's first annual "Reader's Choice" Awards for 2003 have been announced, with three works chosen by the celebrated fiction publication's readers as the best of 2003. With dozens of accomplished titles for readers to choose from over the past year, the poll's top winners were "Until My Dancing Days Are Done" by Angela D. Mitchell, along with "Uenuku and the Mist Maiden" by Chrissie Ward, and "Capelthwaite Barn" by Deborah P. Kolodji. A "virtual hamlet" dedicated to quality folklore and speculative fiction on the internet, FABLES continues to be one of the web's most popular and award-winning sources for great fiction.

A novelette of over 8000 words in length, Mitchell's story "Until My Dancing Days Are Done" was originally published in the Autumn Issue of FABLES Magazine at the end of September, 2003, in the magazine's "Great Hall" (read it now at http://www.fables.org/autumn03/dancing_days.html). The tale -- a story of poverty, murder, envy, and redemption -- was inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale "The Red Shoes." The tale tells the story of an impoverished teenager who is captivated at the sight of a pair of beautiful red shoes -- and who will do anything to obtain them. The penance she ultimately pays for her prize lasts a lifetime, however -- and is harder than anything she could have anticipated.

The first annual Reader's Choice Awards given by the magazine to date, the 2003 winners were announced by editor Megan Powell in the Spring issue of FABLES, available now at http://www.fables.org. The works were chosen in a poll by the magazine's readers which encompassed all fiction published by FABLES in 2003, during a voting period from February 15 to March 15, 2004.

About Writer Angela D. Mitchell

A playwright and author whose works include several plays, screenplays, and works of fiction (as well as over 250 published nonfiction articles), Angela Mitchell's most recent publication credits in addition to "Fables" include the magazines "Anotherealm" and "Terror Tales." In September 2002, her story "Whatever You Want" was voted as the "Best Story on the Web" for that month by the Index of Online Fiction (http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/fictiononline/choice.html) by Ahmed A. Khan, and fiction readers across the web, and also received more reader response than any other story in the history of "Anotherealm" to that point.

Currently seeking new literary representation upon her previous agent's retirement, Mitchell is marketing two new book-size collections of short stories for publication at the moment, as well as the novel "Headlights." She's also near completion on her latest novel, a work of modern fantasy entitled "Dragons in the Sand."

For more information on Angela D. Mitchell, please visit http://www.AngelaDMitchell.com.


One of the web's most highly respected stops for fiction and folklore, FABLES has published since 1998, and includes a rich variety of stories, tales, and poems published on a quarterly basis. The magazine's honors include multiple awards from the Preditors & Editors Readers Polls (including the latest in 2003) and the Index of Online Fiction, as well as The Best of the Web and more.

The current issue of FABLES can be viewed at http://www.fables.org, and features fiction by Marissa K. Lingen, Lyn McConchie, Cynthia Litts, Chris Dauten, James Brian King and Mordant Carnival; folktales by Stephen D. Rogers and Chrissie Ward; as well as poetry by Modant Carnival, Megan Messinger, LB Sedlacek, Celia Coulter, Lynne Chan, JB Mulligan and Gary West.

For more information on FABLES, please e-mail editor Megan Powell via http://www.Fables.org.

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