Published annually, Fairy Tale Review features works in diverse styles and forms. Following the editor’s aesthetic approach as a critic—which you can read about in “Form is Fairy Tale, Fairy Tale is Form” (first published in The Writer’s Notebook, Tin House Books)—our contents could be described as drawing upon fairy-tale techniques including abstraction, flatness, everyday magic, beauty shock, extreme polarity, intuitive logic, and others. Through the work that we publish, we seek to offer portals for readers into fairy-tale time, into a world both humble and strange. Scholar Maria Tatar describes fairy tales, in the introduction to her fabulous book Enchanted Hunters, as “miniature, domestic myths,” and that phrase does seem to apply to lots of our contents.
Some back issues have been themed—The Red Issue gathered work based on “Little Red Riding Hood,” and The Grey Issue gathered work around the idea of lost boys from J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan writings. The tenth-anniversary The Emerald Issue contains new stories, poems, essays, and artwork inspired by the themes of “emeralds” and “Oz.” Other issues – The Blue Issue, The Green Issue, The Violet Issue, etc.—have been guided aesthetically by the colors in a very impressionistic manner. The rainbow issues are, of course, inspired by Andrew Lang’s iconic fairy-book series. (Our editor, Kate Bernheimer, contributed an introduction to a sumptuous reissue edition of Lang’s The Grey Fairy Book – joining Joan Aiken, A. S. Byatt, Maria Tatar, and Marina Warner, who introduced other volumes in the series for The Folio Society, UK.)
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