Submissions for The Charcoal Issue will be open from January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017. The Charcoal Issue will be published in early 2018.

The Charcoal issue is themed. Please read our call for submissions before sending in your work.

Beyond that, simply send your best fairy-tale work along the spectrum of mainstream to experimental, fabulist to realist.

Submissions can be made through Submittable.

Note: As of the end of 2016, we no longer accept postal submissions. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.


Submission guidelines

We ask that all writers who would like to submit to Fairy Tale Review adhere to these guidelines.

  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome; please note as such in your cover letter, and withdraw the submission immediately if accepted elsewhere. Withdrawals should be done through Submittable. If you submitted a packet of poems and must withdraw only one but would like the rest to remain under consideration, send us an email at ftreditorial@gmail.com.
  • Only one submission per genre during any reading period (except contests). For example: You may submit one piece of prose and one packet of poems, but not two pieces of prose. Additional submissions will be returned unread.
  • If you were published in the most recent issue, please wait until next year or submit only to our contest.

We hope to respond to submissions within 3 months.

Below, we have submission guidelines for specific genres.

Prose

This category is for both fiction and non-fiction.

Please submit up to 8,000 words of a single prose piece for our consideration, or up to three flash pieces of prose each under 1,000 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, paginated, and in 12 pt. font unless the form of the piece dictates otherwise. We consider fiction, nonfiction, and drama along with scholarly, illustrated, and hybrid works.

Poetry

Submit up to five poems, totaling no more than 10 pages. Query about longer or unusual projects that fit outside these guidelines.

Artwork

Please submit up to 10 pieces of any original artwork, illustrated text, and graphic work (comics, black-line drawings, etc.) here. Artwork must be in high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) to be considered.

Artwork is considered for either print or online publication. If you have serious qualms with your work being in one of the two mediums, let us know in the cover letter, but print-only submissions will likely result in much longer response times.

Translations

As of mid-November 2015, we are accepting works of translation year-round. Works accepted will be published as soon as possible, depending on production schedules; for example, works accepted late in 2015 may not appear in print until the 2017 issue.

We are primarily interesting in works translated from any language into English, although we maintain a certain curiosity in works translated into Spanish as well.

Please provide proof of permission to translate and/or indicate public domain material. Submit up to 8,000 words of a single prose piece for our consideration, or up to linked three flash pieces of prose each under 1,000 words, or 3-5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages. For prose, manuscripts should be double-spaced, paginated, and in 12 pt. font unless the form of the piece dictates otherwise. For poetry, format can be dictated by the work in question.

Works that are not clearly stated as translations (either in the cover letter or in the body of the attached document), with the aforementioned permission/public domain indication, will be returned unread.

Query to ftreditorial@gmail.com about longer or unusual projects that fit outside these guidelines.


Tiny Donkey is an off-shoot of Fairy Tale Review, focused solely on flash non-fiction; please see their site for more information about submitting.