Sword & Kettle Press

Now seeking: feminist fairy tales.


Open Call: Corvid Queen


01. Call for Submissions

Corvid Queen is a journal of feminist fairy tales: fairy tales that repurpose the ideas and imagery of old stories in meaningful ways, fairy tales that responsibly represent a wide range of cultures and identities, fairy tales that embrace complexity.

We have two main categories: original feminist fairy tales and feminist retellings of fairy tales. Within these two categories, we accept fiction, poetry, and experimental writing. Pieces may be up to 2,500 words (although we will consider longer pieces if we really love them).


02. Submission Details

To submit a piece, please fill out this submission form. Then, email us with the subject line Corvid Queen Submission: Name, Title, Category. (Example: Corvid Queen Submission: Leigh Bardugo, The Language of Thorns, Original.) Paste your piece into the body of the email.

You may submit one piece in each category every three months. If you want to submit to more than one category, please fill out a separate form and send a separate email for each submission.


03. Further Reading

If you’re curious about what we consider to be a feminist fairy tale, we encourage you to read Corvid Queen’s introduction, and this conversation about subversions of femininity. You do not need to be female or femme to submit a story; writers of any gender identity and expression are welcome. We encourage you to read through the magazine to get a sense for the stories that speak to us.


We can't wait to read your stories.


General Policies

We offer a token payment of $5 for each accepted work.

We do not accept unsolicited reprints—not even from personal websites or blogs. However, we do accept simultaneous submissions.

We will not accept anything that promotes racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or other oppressive and harmful viewpoints, or anything that uses sexual violence for shock value. We will not read anything submitted by abusers, and we reserve the right to remove any published work by abusers.

We aim to respond to every submission within a week. However, if you don’t hear from us after two weeks, please feel free to send us a follow-up email!


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