Ugly English Challenge

A wonderful and thought-provoking example of some creative writing written by one of our ISSP ambassadors for the ‘Ugly English Challenge’ about bullying and its effect on self-image.

“In this challenge we had to write about something ugly and turn it into something beautiful. I decided to make it about bullying and the effect that bullying has mentally instead of physically.”

In the beginning, there was a gorgeous fairy.  She had shiny, long, coffee coloured hair, baby blue eyes and snow-white skin. She flew around with her diamond encrusted wings that shimmered in the sunlight. She would glide about, helping every spirit in the land; anything they needed, she was there in a blink of an eye. She was adored by practically everyone. However, there were some who believed she wasn’t worthy of her beauty: some were even jealous of her.

The few who hated her tried to ruin her life, to make her into something she wasn’t, something ugly. She would learn of this very quickly…

A new day, a new beginning, and the angelic fairy was feeling joyful and unaware that this day would be cruelly cut short.

She was beaten down, stripped of her beauty. By the end of it, she was unrecognisable. They had put a curse on her, a curse that would destroy everything she had accomplished. So, when the once beautiful fairy woke the next day, nothing was the same.

She had transformed into a hideous beast. She had grown to the size of a skyscraper, with a tail that had huge spikes which covered her spine. Her tail would knock over buildings with a swoosh, her breath was raging fire that consumed villages and towns. Her skin was no longer perfect, it was covered in slimy, sombre scales and she had heavy claws that weighed her arms down and caused her to have a cumbersome walk.

The villagers were petrified of her, when she ambled through the town, her feet stomping on houses, creating chaos. She felt isolated, taken away from everyone and everything she loved.

She became a mass of anger and rage and eventually shut herself out from the world; she laid dormant until her knight in shining armour came to rescue her…

Days, months, years, it felt like an eternity, still she waited and waited for her happy ending. Almost giving up all hope.

One day as she laid in a sorrowful, still, silent slumber, a knight from a nearby kingdom stumbled into her cave, she stood up and shouted “Who dares disturb my slumber?!” but when she looked at the knight, he didn’t look afraid. Instead he was mesmerised by her, as if he could see past the curse & see the beauty from within.

“I’m sorry my lady, but I’ve come for the gorgeous fairy that lays in this cave”, he says with a longing look in his eyes.

“I’m no longer that fairy anymore”, she replied.

With that, he took out his sword and showed the fairy her reflection in the shiny silver blade, her appearance hadn’t changed. She was still the same person – what she thought she saw was merely the wicked fairy’s malicious doings, crushing her image of herself from perfect to a monster. She thanked the knight for saving her and paid him with a gentle kiss, a kiss he held tight forever…


By Beth, Year 9.