About Corvid Queen

Corvid Queen is an online literary journal of inclusive, queer, and feminist fairy tales, folklore, and mythology. Founded in 2018 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Corvid Queen has published hundreds of short stories and poems that reinterpret and reimagine the imagery, themes, and characters of traditional tales for modern readers.

In Corvid Queen, feminist fairy tales can take a number of forms: they can examine systems of oppression and upend them by imagining new worlds or ways of being, give voices to characters who normally go unheard, add life and texture to characters who are normally flattened, and make readers reconsider stories and tropes they think they know. With roots ranging from the Bible to the Brothers Grimm, the pieces in this journal represent a wide range of cultures, identities, and viewpoints, and embrace nuance and complexity.
 

Submission Guidelines

Timeline

  • General submissions: February 1-22, 2024
  • Submissions from BIPOC authors only: February 23-29, 2024
  • Submissions from Patreon members only: March 1-7, 2024
  • Response window: June-July 2024
  • Publications starting: August 2024

Criteria

  • We're looking for original tales in traditional styles; queer, inclusive, and feminist retellings of traditional tales; and personal essays related to traditional tales. Although we started as a magazine of only 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.
  • We accept only one piece per author per reading period. Multiple submissions 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!

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 things we’d love to see in this round of submissions!
  • We'd love to see: stories with roots outside Western Europe; disabled protagonists; trans protagonists; hybrid or experimental pieces; formal poetry.
  • We're less likely to accept: Bluebeard; Hansel & Gretel; selkie stories; Little Red Riding Hood; Medusa. We have a lot of stories in these categories already, and would love to branch out more!

Policies

  • 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

Process

  • We offer an honorarium of $5.00 USD for each accepted piece. We can pay authors via PayPal, Venmo, or CashApp only. As a heads up, we choose the "goods and services" option rather than "family and friends."
  • 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.

Rights

  • 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.
Ends on This opportunity will close after 50 submissions have been received.

About the Zine

Farewell, Neverland will be a digital zine all about growing up. Even if we’re not ready to grow up, time moves forward and takes us with it anyway. This zine is about transforming yourself, persevering through bad times, celebrating good times—and maintaining hope for the future.

The creation of this zine will be led by our Spring Intern, and guided by editors Kay and Naseem.
 

Submission Guidelines

Timeline

  • Submissions open: February 14-March 6, 2024
  • Response window: March 2024
  • Publication: May 2024

Criteria

  • We’re looking for fiction, poetry, photography, and visual art on the theme of growing up created by high school students, college students, and young adults. We’re a fantasy press, so pieces should have a fantastic or speculative bend!
  • Creators can submit up to 3 pieces total, in any mix of genres.
  • For fiction, we accept stories of up to 1500 words. We don’t have a line limit for poetry.
  • We accept takes on Peter Pan, as per the zine’s title, but pieces do not have to be Peter Pan-related as long as they fit the theme!

Inspirations

Policies

  • 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

Process

  • We offer an honorarium of $5.00 USD for each accepted piece. We can pay authors via PayPal, Venmo, or CashApp only. As a heads up, we choose the "goods and services" option rather than "family and friends."
  • If your piece is accepted, you’ll receive an email with a contract to digitally sign. We’ll run any edits by you before publication.

Rights

  • 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 Sword & Kettle Press as its original home.