Submissions to Corvid Queen are open four times per year: March, June, September, and December. We publish one piece every Friday.
We’re looking for original feminist tales, feminist retellings of traditional tales, and personal essays related to traditional tales. We like work based on fairy tales, folklore, myths, and legends. We accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and pieces that are in-betweeen. We generally publish pieces that are 1,000-2,500 words, although we will consider shorter or longer pieces if we really love them.
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To submit a piece, please fill out this submission form. You may submit one piece every reading period.
If your piece is accepted, you’ll receive an email with a publication date & a contract. After the contract has been digitally signed, we’ll send another email with payment confirmation, any suggested edits to your piece, and options for a featured image.
We offer an honorarium of $5 for each accepted piece.
We encourage you to read through the journal to get a sense for the stories that speak to us. If you’re curious about what we consider to be a feminist fairy tale, we also encourage you to read this conversation about subversions of fairy tale femininity.
In addition, here are some specific things we would love to see:
- fairy tales that end happily for queer, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, and ace characters
- fairy tales that explore mental illness & mental health
- stories with very practical heroes
- stories with anti-heroes
- stories with complexity
- stories with compassion
We accept simultaneous submissions. We only accept reprints from defunct blogs, magazines, and presses.
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 piece from our site.
You have the option to upgrade your submission by providing proof of a donation of at least $10 to either RAICES or Planned Parenthood. You can choose to receive your submission decision within 24 hours, or receive 200 words of editorial feedback on your submission.
We will respond to every submission within one month. However, if for some reason you don’t hear from us within that time, please feel free to send us a follow-up email!