Announcing the 2017 Fairy Tale Review Awards


The editors of Fairy Tale Review are pleased to offer more information about this year’s contest, our fourth annual, in both poetry and prose. Each winner will receive $1,000 and publication in The Charcoal Issue of Fairy Tale Review, forthcoming in 2018. All non-winning submissions will be considered for publication. The contest will be open for submissions between April 1, 2017 and July 15, 2017, and the reading fee is $10.

Helen Oyeyemi will serve as the prose judge, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil will serve as the poetry judge.

Here are the full guidelines:

This year, we will donate 10 percent of the proceeds of the contest to No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, a “humanitarian organization based in southern Arizona whose mission is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands.” No More Deaths is a ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson.

Credit: Manchul Kim

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five novels, including White is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr Fox, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2013, Oyeyemi was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. Her story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours was published in March 2016.


Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program in creative writing.

Her newest collection of poems, OCEANIC, is forthcoming with Copper Canyon Press in early 2018.  She is also the author of the forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, WORLD OF WONDER (2018, Milkweed Editions), and three previous poetry collections: LUCKY FISH (2011), AT THE DRIVE-IN VOLCANO (2007), and MIRACLE FRUIT (2003)–all from Tupelo Press.  Her most recent chapbook is LACE & PYRITE, a collaboration of nature poems with the poet Ross Gay.

She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares,and Tin House. Honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize.