One could argue that we are all inventors. So often we don new masks, adapting and evolving, inventing and reinventing ourselves, sometimes to our benefit, other times to our detriment. 

Here at Isele Magazine, we are fascinated with the concept of re-invention. For this Quarterly issue, we seek submissions that re-tell folktales or reinvent conventional ideas in new and surprising ways.

You can do this in the following ways:

  • Do you wish to reimagine ideas that society and culture have told us are the norm? We want you to enthrall us with defiant stories that offer us a new way of seeing the world.


  • Have you ever wished that a character in a folktale you love was given a second chance? That they were further fleshed out? Do you have an idea for a different, better ending? Do you have a modern twist on the story? Perhaps you want it to come to life in a visual medium. Well, consider this your chance. 

Submissions are not limited by culture, and they can be in any of the following genres: fiction, creative non-fiction, visual art, poetry, hybrid work, etc. 

We accept simultaneous submissions but wish to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

There are no submission fees.

We will respond to every submission no later than two months from the date of submission. If you do not hear from us within two months, please feel free to send a query to

Isele Magazine requests first serial rights for a published piece. However, all rights revert to the author after publication. If your work is published elsewhere, please make sure to credit Isele Magazine as the previous publisher.

While we acknowledge that every artist deserves remuneration for their art, we have very little funding, but we insist on paying our contributors a modest token.

All accepted submissions are automatically considered for The Isele Prizes.

Deadline: 11:59 pm CST February 25, 2022.

Submissions: Send your work to

The subject line should read: “Genre: Title of Work.”

Note on folktales:

Cultures all around the world are rich in fairytales, folklore, myths, and legends, which traditionally fall into the public domain (i.e., copyright-free), and which makes them available for use by the public. Archives such as The Public Domain Review provide a great library of resources for works in the public domain. For works that have been produced in more recent times, we suggest you look up their current licensing status and fair use agreements to avoid copyright infringement. Licensing information can be obtained by looking up the title of the work you’re interested in alongside the parties credited for its creation.

Featured image by Yvonne Wabai