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Taking Submissions: Corvid Queen First 2024 Submission Window

February 29

Deadline: February 29th, 2024
Payment: $5
Theme: original feminist tales, feminist retellings of traditional tales, and personal essays related to traditional tales

We’re looking for original feminist tales, feminist retellings of traditional tales, and personal essays related to traditional tales. Although we started as a magazine of fairy tales, we’re now open to pieces based on or related to fairy tales, folklore, myths, legends, and pop culture.

We accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and pieces that are in-between. For prose, we accept stories of up to 5,000 words. Longer pieces will be declined.

Please note that you do not need to be female or femme to submit a piece; writers of any gender identity and expression are welcome.

How to submit.

To submit a piece, please fill out our submission form. Please submit only one piece per reading period. Multiple submissions will be declined.

Our submission form is unfortunately not able to send an automatic response or a copy of your submission; if you aren’t sure if your submission has gone through, please email [email protected]. We’re always happy to check!

Wish list.

We encourage you to read through the journal to get a sense for the stories that generally speak to us, but here are some specific characters, themes, & forms we’d love to see in this round of submissions!

  • coming soon!


We do accept simultaneous submissions; reprints from defunct blogs, magazines, and presses; and pieces that have been pulled from publication for ethical reasons. We do not accept pieces that are currently still available online.

We ask that you include content notes with your piece, and we’ll provide a dropdown list to choose from.

We will not accept anything that promotes racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or other oppressive and harmful viewpoints; anything that uses sexual violence for shock value; or anything that stigmatizes mental illness. We reserve the right to decline to read submissions and remove any published piece from our site.

Acceptance Information


We offer an honorarium of $5.00 USD for each accepted piece. We can pay authors via PayPal, Venmo, or CashApp only.

If your piece is accepted, you’ll receive an email with a publication date & a contract to digitally sign. We’ll follow up a week or two before your publication date with payment confirmation, any suggested edits to your piece, and options for a featured image.

Please note that there may be a long wait time between acceptance and publication! We publish one piece per week, so if we receive a lot of pieces that are a good fit for us during this reading period, we may schedule them further out in the year.


We ask for the right to digitally publish your work online, and keep it in our online archive. You retain the copyright to your work.

We ask that you wait until after the work has been published to repost or republish it elsewhere, and that you mention Corvid Queen as its original home.

We’ll post excerpts from your work on our social channels, to share & showcase it. We may also nominate your work for national literary awards!

On Femininity

If you’re curious about what we consider to be a feminist fairy tale, we encourage you to read this Tumblr conversation about subversions of fairy tale femininity.

On Submissions

Founding Editor Kay Allen recently did an interview about the Corvid Queen submission process over at Chill Subs!

On Cover Letters

Editors Naseem Jamnia & Monica Robinson wrote up a handy guide to writing literary magazine cover letters, with a sample letter.

Via: Corvid Queen.


February 29


Corvid Queen
PO Box 398045
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Corvid Queen
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