Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose

2016 Prose & Poetry Contest Guidelines

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce our third annual contest, with awards for poetry and prose—Kelly Link will serve as our judge for prose, and Traci Brimhall will judge poetry. The selected winners of the prose and poetry contests will each receive $1,000 and publication in The Translucent Issue, which will be released in 2017. All non-winning submissions will be considered for publication as well. Reading fee: $10. Submit online or via post to Fairy Tale Review, c/o Kate Bernheimer, Department of English, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ 85721.

The winners and finalists will be announced by the end of September.

Reading period
April 1, 2016 to July 15th, 2016

$1,000 each, for prose and poetry

Eligibility & Procedure
All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For prose, please send works of up to 6,000 words. For poetry, no more than five poems and/or ten pages per entry. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your manuscript immediately upon acceptance elsewhere, and note that the reading fee is nonrefundable. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but please note that you will need to pay a reading fee for each submission.

Those who submit to general submissions are welcome to submit to the contests as well. Also, contributors to our most recent issues are welcome to submit to the contest, despite our request to not submit to the general submissions.

Submit to the Poetry Contest
Submit to the Prose Contest

Of course, you may also mail your submissions to our physical office.

Editorial Address:

Kate Bernheimer
Department of English
Modern Languages Building
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

Reading Fee
Ten percent of your reading fee will be to a local Tucson charity—in our first year we donated to the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam as part of Fairy Tale Review’s interdisciplinary outreach efforts, and in our second year, we donated to Primavera Foundation, which offers local Tucsonans opportunities to escape poverty through affordable housing and workforce development. Fairy Tale Review has no official affiliation with Tucson Youth Poetry Slam or Primavera Foundation.

CLMP Contest Code of Ethics
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Fairy Tale Review Annual Contest Selection Process
1st Round of Judging:  Non-Blind Read by Genre Editor and Editor. Finalists (approximately 15 poems, 15 pieces of prose) will then be forwarded to the contest judges for the 2nd Round of Judging.

2nd Round of Judging: Blind Read by Contest Judges. Judges change on a yearly basis.

Conflicts of Interest: Students, faculty, staff, or administrators currently affiliated with University of Arizona are ineligible for consideration or publication. Anyone with a substantial personal or professional affiliation with a judge is ineligible to enter in that category; if you have questions as to your eligibility, please contact ftreditorial (at) gmail (dot) com, and we will assess the situation together. Upon learning the Judges’ selections, the Editor will assess any potential conflict of interest before finalizing the result. We ask that past winners of our contest refrain from entering until three years after their winning entry was published.

Fairy Tale Review was established in 2005 and is an annual publication of Wayne State University Press.

About the Judges

Kelly-Link-final-web-6391-306x460Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.


Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: Saudade, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press; Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), selected by Michelle Boisseau for the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award.

Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, New England Review, Ploughshares, Slate, The Believer, Kenyon Review, and The New Republic.Her essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Copper Nickel, Seneca Review, and Brevity. Some of her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Best of the Net, PBS Newshour, and Best American Poetry 2013 & 2014.