Fairy tales wanted! A list of places to submit to

by Teika

The other day on Twitter a writer friend of mine asked for recommendations of literary magazines or publishers who welcome submissions of fairy tales. Off the top of my head I supplied her with a few names, but then I thought that really, what I needed to do was compile a more detailed overview of the field. Here then, is that promised overview! (nb. although I’ve read stories from most of these magazines and/or presses and think they’re good venues, DO make sure you do the professional thing and read some of their stories yourself to see if your story may be a good fit. If you can afford to, consider buying from them too – many magazines are run on a shoestring.


Fairy tale-specific venues

Some literary magazines and small presses publish nothing but fairy tales, be they contemporary reworkings or original tales or fables with a specific twist. They are:


Literary fiction/magical realism

There’s a fair bit of overlap between fairy tales and magical realism. One author brilliant at this kind of short story is Angela Readman, and I’d urge you to check out her collection Don’t Try This At Home to see how she works her magic. As magical realism often comes under the umbrella of literary fiction, it’s worth checking out the following venues as they may well welcome contemporary retellings of fairy tales or stories embued with the kind of magical realism that puts one in mind of traditional fairy tales. To reiterate: the most important thing is to read the stories on their site to see if your work may be a good fit.


Literary horror/folk horror/weird fiction

Fairy tales can sometimes be gruesome. (Or specific to a certain far-flung location – folk tales are often grounded in a specific location.) Which means that there’s overlap with the horror genre.

Although the following are presses that don’t accept single short stories, they are open to short story collections. They produce stunning books and are well worth checking out:


Speculative and SFF venues

Many SFF magazines welcome reworkings of fairy tales (of course there’s an overlap with fantasy), as well as fairy tales with a science fiction slant. Many presses publish anthologies and it’s worth checking out the guidelines (or subscribing to their newsletters) so that you can be first to hear of their newest call for submissions. As the number of SFF venues is large, I’ve only listed a selection of some of my favourite. Here, also, is a brilliant, comprehensive website that gives links to a huge number of SFF venues and payment details: https://www.ralan.com/index.htm



To keep an eye on…

Check out the following excellent presses, too, who may now, or in the future, be open to short story collections and or anthology calls that would, potentially, be welcoming of fairy tales/fairy tale reworkings/mash-ups:

Luna Press Publishing

Unsung Stories

Fox Spirit Books

Flame Tree Publishing

Grimbold Books

Inspired Quill

Mantle Lane Press

Black Staff Press

Stonewood Press

Corona Books

Almond Press

Valley Press

The Emma Press

Neon Books

And Other Stories

Comma Press

A Midsummer’s Night Press

As well as my very own Mother’s Milk Books


Lastly, some general resources for short story writers that list yet more venues for short stories/fairy tales.


Short Stops

TSS Publishing

Cathy’s Comps & Calls (a brilliant monthly listing of free-to-enter competitions and calls for submissions)

Mslexia Indie Press Guide (an essential resource for the serious poet or short story writer)

Almond Press resource guide

And if you want to submit your fairy tale to a competition (some of which have entry fees), then check out the following handy list created by Neon Books.


A final reminder – before you submit your story do you research and read the stories available from the magazine or press. Invest in a book or magazine if you can. Edit and polish your submission. Approach them professionally. And… good luck! (Also, please comment below if you know of any other suitable venue that welcomes fairy tales.)

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