Fairy Tale Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Specific genre guidelines for submissions to Fairy Tale Review can be found below. We ask that all submissions adhere to the following general guidelines:

  • All work must be submitted using our Submittable portal. We do not accept submissions via email or postal service. 
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, both in print and online.
  • Writers should submit only once in a given genre per submission period, unless encouraged to submit again by our editorial staff. Multiple submissions will go unread.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please note as such in your cover letter and withdraw the submission immediately if accepted elsewhere. Withdrawals can be done through Submittable. If you’ve submitted a packet of poems and must withdraw one but would like the rest to remain under consideration, please add a note to your submission in Submittable and send us an email at ftreditorial@gmail.com.

Fairy Tale Review is committed to contributor diversity and inclusive engagement. In the tradition of fairy tales, a minoritarian art, we strongly encourage submissions from women, indigenous writers and writers of color, LGBTQA+ writers, members of the disability community, and writers from otherwise marginalized or underrepresented groups in mainstream publishing.

Our editorial staff is small and entirely volunteer-based. We hope to respond to all submissions within 4 months.


Fairy Tale Review will be open for general submissions for our seventeenth issue, The Gold Issue, from March 5, 2020 – June 30, 2020. The Gold Issue will be published in spring 2021. Please see below for information regarding the issue theme.

"I had a secret suspicion you were fond of Grimms' Fairy Tales. Need I say that I adore them?"  —Anne Sexton (December 23, 1970)

Theme: Anne Sexton published six volumes of poetry between 1960 and 1974, including the vanguard fairy tale collection Transformations (1971) in whose 50th Anniversary year The Gold Issue of Fairy Tale Review will appear. Anne Sexton’s magic takes many guises through fairy tales, feminism, and domestic sorcery. In celebration of Anne Sexton, The Gold Issue will feature poetry, prose, and essays about and inspired by Anne Sexton and Transformations

For prose: Writers may submit up to 6,000 words of a single piece or up to three flash pieces totaling no more than 3,000 words and combined in a single document. We welcome short fiction, essays, lyric nonfiction, and scholarship, as well as excerpts of longer works. Scholarship will go through a standard peer review process. Prose submissions should be formatted with standard margins, double-spaced, 12-point serif font, and include page numbers.

For poetry: Writers may submit up to 5 poems, totaling no more than 10 pages.

For graphic novels, comics, and drama: Writers may submit up to 10 pages.

For original artwork: Artists may submit up to 5 high-resolution images.

For translations: Writers may submit translations of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry year-round. Submissions should follow the above guidelines corresponding to the genre of the original work. Submissions should include the translated work in its source language, along with any permissions necessary to publish the work in both languages, combined in a single document.

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