About the Publication


Untitled (2012)
Melyssa Anishnabie

Rose Red is the outdoorsy, curious sister of Snow White, a shy, delicate wallflower. Rose Red represents warmth, passion, and the thirst for knowledge; it is she who invites the cursed bear-prince into the home she shares with her sister. Rose Red is enamored with life, and she possesses a sense of adventure. If she were a real girl, Rose Red would seek out the magic in the everyday: a sandy riverbank, a new song, strange happenings in an airport. In difficult times, she would recognize the nature of hardship: a hurdle to overcome.

Rose Red Review is published online four times a year, in homage to the passing season. In fairy tales, the future is unknown, often summarized by the vague phrase “happily ever after,” but each character is influenced by his or her past, and we, like the characters, live in the moment as we read their story. Rose Red Review seeks to publish art, photography, fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that best reflects the magic in the everyday–work that honors the past, the moment, and the uncertain future.

Rose Red Review loves magical realism and pieces that possess a fairy tale element. If you would like to submit spoken word, please submit it as poetry, with a note containing a link to an audio or video file. (Unfortunately, Rose Red Review cannot host your audio or video files.) You may send prose and poetry with mild elements of fantasy and science fiction. Horror and dystopian work–in any medium–is welcome, provided it is compelling. Death and decay is mysterious; as such, it represents the darker magic in the everyday. The editor of Rose Red Review particularly enjoys the broad theme of death and rebirth.

Rose Red Review is open for submissions during the following times:

October 1, 2017 – November 15, 2017
January 1, 2018 – February 20, 2018
April 1, 2018 – May 20, 2018
July 1, 2018 – August 15, 2018

A new issue will be published on the following dates:

December 21, 2017: The Winter Solstice
March 20, 2018: The Spring Equinox
June 21, 2017: The Summer Solstice
September 22, 2017: The Autumn Equinox

Please submit work only through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please do not submit previously published work. Kindly remove any identifying information from your Word document and from the title of your submission, as Rose Red Review reads blind. Submittable will conceal any information you choose to include in the cover letter section, but it cannot conceal the information on your Word document, or in the title field. Any submission with identifying information in the document itself, or in the title field, will be declined, unread. In order to preserve anonymity when withdrawing a piece from your submission, please withdraw the entire submission and resubmit the remaining pieces to the “Resubmissions” category on Submittable.

The editor will do her best to respond to your submission(s) within two months. If your work is rejected during a reading period, you may submit a different piece within the same reading period. (In fact, you are encouraged to do so! A rejection has no bearing on the quality of your piece.) If you have not heard from the editor within twelve weeks (approximately three months), please feel free to query.


Header: Portrait of a Girl (Agnes and Her Cat) (1917)
Lillian Westcott Hale