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  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, both in print and online.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.

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, Black writers, indigenous writers, and writers of color, LGBTQIA2-S+ 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.


"There is no 'as-if' in the dream." –Erich Fromm, The Forgotten Language

Fairy Tale Review will be open for general submissions for our eighteenth issue, The Lilac Issue, from March 6, 2021 – July 6, 2021. The Lilac Issue will be published in spring 2022.

Theme: The Lilac Issue is themed around sleep and dreams: the forgotten language of fairy tales.

Payment: For the first time, we will offer a fixed payment of $50 to each contributor upon publication. Contributors also receive two (2) issues of The Lilac Issue. We welcome submissions directly from authors or agents.

For prose: Writers may submit a single piece up to 1,000 words. We welcome short fiction, essays, lyric nonfiction, and scholarship. 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: We are accepting poems written in received forms for The Lilac Issue. Writers may submit no more than 4 pages.

For graphic novels, comics, and drama: Writers may submit up to 4 pages.

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

For translations: Writers may submit translations of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. 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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