New Fairy Tales


About us

About the magazine
About the editors

About the magazine:

New Fairy Tales is an online magazine dedicated to publishing new fairy tales. We are passionate about good writing, beautiful illustrations, and sharing fantastic new work.

We are going to be on hiatus during 2011, but we hope you will browse and enjoy our back issues and audio stories. Whilst we're away, you can have a nosy at what else we're up to in the following places: editor Claire's blog , poetry editor Anna's blog, art director Faye's blog. And fiction editors Andy and Claire will be working on something a bit different here.

To keep up to date with New Fairy Tales news and future calls for submissions please join our mailing list, or 'Like' us on Facebook.

New Fairy Tales is free so that everyone can enjoy it, but we would love it if readers would show their appreciation for the magazine by making a small donation to our nominated charity:

We are currently raising money for Derian House Children's Hospice, which is based in North West England. They provide specialist care and support for children with a terminal or life threatening illness. There is surprisingly little help from central government for a children’s hospice such as Derian House. With less than 10% of their funding coming from official sources, the reality is that they are open 52 weeks a year and receive statutory funding for just nine of those. You can donate via our page on the JustGiving website here.

New Fairy Tales is run on a not-for-profit, voluntary basis. We make no money from the site and pay for the running costs from our own pockets. We ask for donations to charity to help raise money for very worthwhile causes, and as a way of valuing the work of our writers and illustrators who all contribute their work for free.

New Fairy Tales aims to be suitable for a wide readership, but just like traditional tales the content can be a little dark at times—we would ask parents to read it before giving it to their children to check they are happy with the content.

New Fairy Tales is now available in flash magazine format (powered by, as well as in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader installed to be able to view the PDF, which you can download for free from the Adobe website.

You can read New Fairy Tales online or print it out, whichever makes you happier! It may take a few moments to load but we promise it will be worth the wait.

If you have any problems viewing the magazine please email us to let us know and we'll do our best to help.

A selection of the stories we've published are also available to listen to online or download as MP3s. Make sure you visit our audio collection here.

The magazine was founded in August 2008 by Claire Massey and in February 2010 she was joined by Andy Hedgecock, Anna McKerrow and Faye Durston (you can find out more about us all below).

About the editors:

Editor Claire Massey founded New Fairy Tales because, although she loves traditional fairy tales, she was intrigued by the impulse behind the creation of new ones. She wanted to find out just what a ‘new’ fairy tale could be. Her own short stories, poetry and articles have been published in a variety of places both online and in print including Cabinet des Fées, Enchanted Conversation, Flax, Rainy City Stories, Magpie Magazine, and Brittle Star. She’s also had a short play produced at the Contact Theatre in Manchester. After adventures in London and Manchester she returned to Lancashire, which is where she grew up. Luckily she loves rain and hills (flat places worry her). She also loves playing hide and seek and flying kites (with her children, but she’s sure she’ll find some other excuse once they’ve grown up). You can visit Claire's blog here.

Associate Editor for Fiction Andy Hedgecock is a freelance writer and researcher. His love of fairy tales and the literary fantastic began with a series of seredipitious discoveries in Doncaster Public Library – books by the likes of Barbara Ker Wilson, Joan Aiken and Ursula Le Guin. These days Andy lives in rural Nottinghamshire and is Co-fiction Editor of Interzone, Britain's longest running science fiction magazine. His work has appeared in The Oxford Companion to English Literature, The Spectator, Time Out / Penguin City Guides, the Breaking Windows Anthology (Prime Books), Foundation and Zembla. He also earns a crust as a writer and editor of instruction manuals, research reports, press releases and learning materials, and has appeared as a peripheral character in a story by one of his literary heroes, Nicholas Royle (in Royle's 'Like Mike' – a tale about literature and facial hair – Andy is one of the few beardless characters).

Associate Editor for Poetry Anna McKerrow is a poet whose first collection The Fast Heat of Beauty was published by Flambard Press in 2008. She has had poetry and articles published in a number of magazines and websites and her work was included in the Forward Book of Poetry 2009. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Poetic Practice, teaches creative writing for adults and works on a writing project for primary and secondary schools. She regularly reviews books and poetry for the Booktrust website. Her particular interests are any avant-garde art forms, myths and legends, fairy tales, magic, the Pre-Raphaelites, Fluxus, Modernism, women writers, Sci-Fi, cybertheory, 1950s Americana, book arts, graphic novels and rock music. She collects books with “witch” in the title in the hope of creating a beguiling book art installation one day. You can visit Anna's blog here.

Art Director Faye Durston was born at a young age, and from (almost) that moment on, decided she wanted to be a fashion designer, or a cat. The fifth time she had to be rescued from a cat-flap by a team of firemen, she decided to be a fashion designer. This ambition stuck with her, sending her first to art college, then to Kingston University, then to Alexander McQueen, Griffin and Arrogant Cat (although she may perhaps have been regressing at this time). One morning, on the way to work, she had an idea for a children’s book on the tube. The Beatrix Potter idyll of drawing in a kitchen garden seemed a perfect antidote to the frenetic anarchy of commuting in Central London. So, she decided to pursue an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. She graduated in 2008 with a distinction, and has recently finished The Wychwood Fairies, her first book for Macmillan, which is due out in October 2010. You can visit Faye's blog here.