Fairy Tale Review: Accepting Submissions

Written by Erica Secor | January 26, 2017

Fairy Tale Review is a yearly journal in search of new spins on old fairy tales. They opened for submissions on January 1, and they close to submissions on March the 31st 2017.

Since 2005, Fairy Tale Review has sought fiction and nonfiction stories, essays, and translations. The journal is edited through the University of Arizona’s Department of English and published by Wayne State University Press.

Submissions must be related to the fairy tale canon. If there is a specific theme, it will be announced when the submission window opens via Submittable here. The theme for the 2017 issue is as follows:

For the coming issue, we are most interested in fairy tales that challenge the current political climate, fairy tales that resist outdated norms or binaries, fairy tales that reconfigure the faults of older stories, and fairy tales that expose abuses of power. Fairy tales with, as Kate Bernheimer has suggested, “radical strategies of survival. Ways to get out alive.”

Fairy tales that resist domination. Fairy tales that protest annihilation.

In addition to fiction, Fairy Tale Review accepts translations or short scholarly essays (400 word max) here. 

There are no reading fees.

Accepted contributors are unpaid, but are provided with two complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears. Back issues of Fairy Tale Review are available in PDF format here and print copies are available through the Wayne State University Press.

MFA students at the University of Arizona maintain the Fairy Tale Review webpage. A down side of the otherwise user-friendly site is the generalized information on the FAQ page and no specific information on submission requirements. But what the FAQ page lacks in detail, the contributors page makes up for in spades. This page is an networking goldmine with past and current contributors’ professional websites, if available.

For more information, the editors invite correspondence at ftreditorial@gmail.com


Erica Secor earned her Ed.M. in English Education from SUNY Buffalo. She lives with her husband and dogs in South Carolina. When she is not teaching college English, she writes horror and non-fiction. Erica welcomes connections via @TheDavisGirl or LinkedIn.