General Guidelines

Specific guidelines for print and digital submissions to Fairy Tale Review can be found below. We ask that all submissions adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All work must be submitted via Submittable. We do not accept submissions via email or postal service.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, both in print and online.
  • Writers should submit only once in a given genre per submission period, unless encouraged to submit again by our editorial staff. Multiple submissions will go unread.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please note as such in your cover letter and withdraw the submission immediately if accepted elsewhere. Withdrawals can be done through Submittable. If you’ve submitted a packet of poems and must withdraw one but would like the rest to remain under consideration, please add a note to your submission in Submittable and send us an email at

Fairy Tale Review is committed to contributor diversity and inclusive engagement. We strongly encourage submissions from women, indigenous writers and writers of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, and members of otherwise marginalized or underrepresented groups in mainstream publishing.

Our editorial staff is small and entirely volunteer-based. We hope to respond to all submissions within 4 months.

The Coral Issue Guidelines

Fairy Tale Review will be accepting submissions for our sixteenth print issue, The Coral Issue, from March 27, 2019 to July 31, 2019. The Coral Issue will not be themed. However, we invite with special interest environmental fiction, poetry, and essays. Flora and fauna, weather and aura, and so forth.

Prose: Writers may submit up to 8,000 words of a single piece or up to three flash pieces each under 1,000 words combined in a single document. We welcome short fiction and nonfiction, as well as excerpts of longer works. Prose submissions should be formatted with standard margins, double-spaced, 12-point serif font, and include page numbers.

Poetry: Writers may submit up to 5 poems, totaling no more than 10 pages.

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Digital Submissions

Fairy Tale Review is accepting submissions for our digital platform from March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019. If your piece is a prose/poetry hybrid, please submit to your preferred category—we like to let authors make that determination.

Prose: Please submit up to 5,000 words of a single prose piece for our consideration, or up to three flash pieces of prose each under 1,000 words. 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.

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