Fairy Tale Review is a literary journal dedicated to publishing new, inclusive, and innovative fairy-tale prose and poetry.

Founded in 2005 by Kate BernheimerFairy Tale Review is an annual literary journal dedicated to publishing new fairy tales and to helping raise public awareness of fairy tales as a diverse, innovative art form. Work from Fairy Tale Review has been selected for inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories Anthology, Best New American Voices, Best American Fantasy, and listed as “Notable” in Best American Short Stories, among other honors.

In 2012, Wayne State University Press approached Fairy Tale Review with interest in acquiring the journal; their office now deftly handles all production, subscription, and distribution services for us. We were honored to join Wayne State University Press’s other fairy-tale publications, including titles in the prestigious Series in Fairy-Tale Studies and Marvels & Tales: The Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies. In early 2014, through Wayne State University Press, Fairy Tale Review joined an amazing line-up of peer review journals on JStor.

Kate Bernheimer remains Fairy Tale Review’s editor and keeper.

For more information about the journal and to view tables of contents for each issue, visit the WSU Fairy Tale Review website at:


Subscriptions and back issues are also now available at the Wayne State University website:


Our people

Founder & Editor

Kate Bernheimer has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” (Tin House). She is the author of a novel trilogy and the story collections Horse, Flower, Bird and How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, and the editor of four anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award winning and bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales and xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she teaches fairy tales and creative writing.

Prose Editor

Benjamin Schaefer is a writer and editor from upstate New York. He studied literature and creative writing at Bard College and the MFA program at the University of Arizona. His fiction has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Guernica, and Electric Literature, and he is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. For more information visit www.benschaefer.com.

Poetry Editor

Jon Riccio is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. He serves as a contributing interviewer for the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s 1508 blog. Recent work appears in decomP, E·ratio, Gravel, and Word For/ Word, among others.

Managing Editor, Digital

Emrys Donaldson is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. Their work has appeared in Fairy Tale ReviewNecessary Fiction and Gigantic Sequins, among other venues. They can be found online at emrysdonaldson.com.

Associate Poetry Editor

Mikko Harvey is the author of Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit (House of Anansi, 2018). He graduated from the MFA program at The Ohio State University, and he currently lives in Ithaca, New York.

Associate Digital Editor

Sarah Murray hasn’t lived in the same place longer than eight months for a very long time. Originally from Los Angeles and a recent graduate of the MA creative writing program at UC Davis, she is a Chicana femme obsessed with roads, fairy tales, and horizons that elude her. Oh, and she loves dogs and whiskey.

Associate Prose Editor

Wendy Oleson is the author of two award-winning chapbooks, Please Find Us (Gertrude Press) and Our Daughter and Other Stories (Map Literary). Her fiction has appeared in Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, Carve Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches for the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension and Washington State at Tri-Cities, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives with her wife and dog in Walla Walla, Washington.

Associate Prose Editor

Cat Powell is a writer and teacher based in New York City. She completed her MFA in fiction at Columbia University.

Associate Poetry Editor

Michelle Rosquillo studies poetry in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her creative work has appeared in UNCG’s student-run magazine Coraddi, and in digital publications Elephant Journal, Hennen’s Observer, and storySouth. She lives in Greensboro with her wife.

Associate Poetry Editor

Matthew Schmidt completed his PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi and his MFA at the University of Arizona. His poems have been published in HobartPleiades, The Seattle Review, Territory, and elsewhere.

Associate Prose Editor

Leah Schnelbach is a staff writer for Tor.com and a fiction editor at No Tokens. Her work has appeared in Joyland, Volume 1 Brooklyn, Tin House Online, and Electric Literature. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and is the recipient of fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the I-Park Foundation.

Associate Digital Editor

Nix Therese is a sonically-driven, compassionate poet from New Orleans. Their latest project, Snow Black, has earned them support from VONA/Voices and the Women's Voices mentorship program. This retelling of "Snow White" is set in southern Louisiana and prioritizes racial tension, gender exploration, and the processes of trauma. Updates, publications, and a full bio can be found at artistecard.com/nixtherese.

Associate Poetry Editor

Billie R. Tadros is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Theatre at the University of Scranton. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of three books of poems, Graft Fixation (Gold Wake Press, 2021), Was Body (Indolent Books, 2020), and The Tree We Planted and Buried You In (Otis Books, 2018), and three chapbooks, Am/Are I (forthcoming from Francis House Publishing), inter: burial places (Porkbelly Press, 2016), and Containers (Dancing Girl Press, 2014).

Reader, Prose

Latifa Ayad is a Libyan American writer who was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship in 2018, and is a winner of the Master's Review/PEN America Flash Fiction Prize and the Indiana Review 1/2K Prize. Ayad is a writer primarily concerned with identity, which she explores through reality, the paranormal, and the magical. Her work is published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, and others. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her cats Padfoot and McGonagall.

Reader, Poetry

Mary Haidri is the author of the play Every Path (La Jolla Playhouse). Her work has appeared in Pigeon Pages, Winter Tangerine, Portland Review, Fairy Tale Review and others. She was the recipient of the 2017 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Award, The Molotov Cocktail's 2018 Shadow Award, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is collaborator at Nettleworks, a creative theater collective, and is currently a library ghost in Portland, Oregon. Find her and her work at maryhaidri.com.

Associate Poetry Editor

Nazli Pearl is a poet and writer whose work has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, BOAAT, and The Journal, among other venues.  She lives and works in California.

Reader, Prose

Laura I. Miller's fiction appears in Denver Quarterly, Passages North, Mid-American Review, Entropy, Psychopomp, Cosmonauts AvenueShirley, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona where she served as co-editor-in-chief of Sonora Review and managing editor of Fairy Tale Review. She's contributed articles and book reviews to Bustle, Lit Hub, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She lives in Denver where she's a program coordinator for Lighthouse Writers Workshop and is finishing up her novel.

Reader, Poetry

Lyana A. Rodriguez is a friendly anxious hermit that enjoys fairy tales, the fantastical, and the monstrous. Located in Miami, FL, she is a student at Florida International University and hopes to get her work published at Tor. When not writing in her cozy cave, she can be found frolicking with her pets, huddled in the corner of the bookstore, and searching for the mystery of life.

Reader, Prose

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Jasmine Sawers now lives outside St. Louis. Her work has appeared in many fine journals including Ploughshares, Fairy Tale Review, and Conium Review, and she is proud to serve as prose editor for Osedax Press out of Lexington, Kentucky. She received her MFA from Indiana University and can be found online at jasminesawers.com.

Our advisory board

Donald Haase, Wayne State University
Maria Tatar, Harvard University
Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota

Contributing Editor: Timothy Schaffert, University of Nebraska

How to reach us

For editorial queries, please contact us at ftreditorial@gmail.com.

We can accept mail at our mailing address, but as of 2017, we do not accept postal submissions.

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