We are currently open to submissions to our fifth annual contest and our digital counterpart.


Read our contest FAQ/details page for more information about the fifth annual contest.


Please see the prose and poetry categories for specific guidelines and instructions based on genre.


Our general guidelines, which apply to all submissions, are below.


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We ask that all writers who would like to submit to Fairy Tale Review adhere to these guidelines.


  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome; please note as such in your cover letter, and withdraw the submission immediately if accepted elsewhere. Withdrawals should be done through Submittable. If you submitted a packet of poems and must withdraw only one but would like the rest to remain under consideration, send us an email at ftreditorial@gmail.com.
  • Send only one piece at a time, and wait until you've received a response before sending another.


We hope to respond to submissions within 3 months.

Please submit up to 6,000 words of a single prose piece for our consideration, or up to three flash pieces of prose each under 1,000 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, paginated, and in 12 pt. font unless the form of the piece dictates otherwise. We consider fiction, nonfiction, and drama along with scholarly, illustrated, and hybrid works. Please remove any identifying information from the manuscript.

Helen Oyeyemi will serve as final prose judge for the contest. Those with a personal or professional connection to the judge should not submit due to potential conflict of interest. Queries about what constitutes a connection with potential conflict of interest can be directed to ftreditorial@gmail.com.

We expect to announce our winners and finalists by the end of September.

All submissions must be previously unpublished. Multiple entries to the contest are fine, but a separate contest fee must be paid each time. Please note that if you send work to general submissions, you are also welcome to submit to the contest. Also, contributors to our most recent issues are welcome to submit to the contest, despite our request to not submit to the general submissions.

Full contest guidelines, plus a FAQ, can be found at http://fairytalereview.com/submit/contests/.
Submit up to 5 poems that do not exceed 10 pages in total length. Please query before submitting anything outside these guidelines. Please remove any identifying information from the manuscript.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil will serve as final poetry judge for the contest. Those with a personal or professional connection to the judge should not submit due to potential conflict of interest. Queries about what constitutes a connection with potential conflict of interest can be directed to ftreditorial@gmail.com.

We expect to announce our winners and finalists by the end of September.

All submissions must be previously unpublished. Multiple entries to the contest are fine, but a separate contest fee must be paid each time. Please note that if you send work to general submissions, you are also welcome to submit to the contest. Also, contributors to our most recent issues are welcome to submit to the contest, despite our request to not submit to the general submissions.

Full contest guidelines, plus a FAQ, can be found at http://fairytalereview.com/submit/contests/.
This category is for submissions to our digital platform. Accepted work will be published on our website on a weekly basis.

Please submit up to 5,000 words of a single prose piece for our consideration, or up to three flash pieces of prose each under 1,000 words. 

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, paginated, and in 12 pt. font unless the form of the piece dictates otherwise.

We consider fiction, nonfiction, and drama along with scholarly, illustrated, and hybrid works. If your piece is a prose/poetry hybrid, please submit to your preferred category—we like to let authors make that determination.
This category is for submissions to our digital platform. Accepted work will be published on our website on a weekly basis.

Submit up to five poems, totaling no more than 10 pages. Query about longer or unusual projects that fit outside these guidelines.

If your piece is a prose/poetry hybrid, please submit to your preferred category—we like to let authors make that determination.