The Ochre Issue

On the heels of our interview with Kelly Link comes one with Traci Brimhall, the poetry judge for our 2016 contest. Brimhall writes: “Culturally, so many people seem to believe that silence or lack of dialogue around issues of diversity means we’re beyond. We are post-need-to-discuss-it. Why is silence equated with progress? Maybe that’s why people like and need the fairy-tale landscape—to construct a space for conversation that they haven’t been able to otherwise engage in.”

We’ve just published a brief interview with Kelly Link, the prose judge for our 2016 contest. Among other wonderful things, Link writes: “I loved fairy tales from the moment I could read. … I liked that there were clusters of stories, where you could see how one pattern had been endlessly reworked and retold.”

Our 2016 contests are open for submissions—Kelly Link will judge for prose, and Traci Brimhall will judge for poetry. See this informational post for more information about our judges, or the complete guidelines, or go straight to our Submittable page to submit.

We have announced the cover and contributors of The Ochre Issue, or twelfth, which was released at AWP 2016 in Los Angeles. The issue can be ordered right now for $15 (including shipping) from our publisher, Wayne State University Press.

Our Pins & Needles series of author interviews is now on its 53rd iteration, this time with managing editor Joel Hans: “These classifications exist so that most any story could be placed into them, and the system works well—I would like to see not a new category, but a parallel index with new verbiage to describe our modern-day life, and perhaps encourage the possibility that even contemporary fairy tales might not always have to be positioned in the past: less butter and more almond butter; less hogs and more tofu; less coal and more hydrogen fuel cells, or, if we’re being less ambitious, gasoline.”

We continue our Fairy-Tale Files feature with meditations on Orpheus, including a song from Arcade Fire’s more recent album.

One of our editorial assistants, Breanna Manlick, has conducted a VIDA count of Fairy Tale Review‘s entire history. To quote Breanna: “Fairy Tale Review is a rarity among publications in literature: the journal has maintained a consistent female majority throughout its history.”

We are happy to announce that Joy Williams’ The Changeling will soon be back in stock is in stock at SPD books, after completing of the eighth print run of the 1978 novel, which Fairy Tale Review Press reissued in 2008.

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