Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose

2018 Prose & Poetry Contest Guidelines

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce our fifth annual contest, with awards for poetry and prose.

Kathryn Davis will serve as the prose judge, and Jane Miller will serve as the poetry judge.

The selected winners of the prose and poetry contests will each receive $1,000 and publication in The Pink Issue, which will be released in 2019. All non-winning submissions will be considered for publication as well.

Reading fee: $10.

Submit online.

The winners and finalists will be announced by the end of September.

Submission period

June 1, 2018 to September 1, 2018


$1,000 each, for prose and poetry

Eligibility & Procedure

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For prose, please send works of up to 6,000 words. For poetry, no more than five poems and/or ten pages per entry. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your manuscript immediately upon acceptance elsewhere, and note that the reading fee is nonrefundable. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but please note that you will need to pay a reading fee for each submission.

Those who submit to general submissions are welcome to submit to the contests as well. Also, contributors to our most recent issues are welcome to submit to the contest, despite our request to not submit to the general submissions.

Reading Fee

Ten percent of your reading fee will be to a local Tucson charity—in our first year we donated to the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam as part of Fairy Tale Review’s interdisciplinary outreach efforts, and in our second year and third, we donated to Primavera Foundation, which offers local Tucsonans opportunities to escape poverty through affordable housing and workforce development. Fairy Tale Review has no official affiliation with any of these charities.

CLMP Contest Code of Ethics

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Fairy Tale Review Annual Contest Selection Process

1st Round of Judging: Non-Blind Read by Genre Editor and Editor. Finalists (approximately 15 poems, 15 pieces of prose) will then be forwarded to the contest judges for the 2nd Round of Judging.

2nd Round of Judging: Blind Read by Contest Judges. Judges change on a yearly basis.

Conflicts of Interest

Students, faculty, staff, or administrators currently affiliated with University of Arizona are ineligible for consideration or publication. Anyone with a substantial personal or professional affiliation with a judge is ineligible to enter in that category; if you have questions as to your eligibility, please contact ftreditorial (at) gmail (dot) com, and we will assess the situation together. Upon learning the Judges’ selections, the Editor will assess any potential conflict of interest before finalizing the result. We ask that past winners of our contest refrain from entering until three years after their winning entry was published. Fairy Tale Review was established in 2005 and is an annual publication of Wayne State University Press.