Cate Fricke – Cate Fricke – writer


“A Disappointment”
The Rumpus September 2021

“Her Mother’s Spoons”
Catapult August 2021

“Mr. Beast”
Pushcart Prize nominee, Jabberwock Review Winter/Spring 2020

“Good Creatures, Small Things”
3rd place winner, The Masters Review 2016 Fall Fiction Contest (Judge: Kelly Link)

“A Grandmother in Three Tales”
The Tin House Open Bar February 2015

“Tin Girl”
Fairy Tale Review March 2014

Laughing Earth Lit Spring 2013

“The Nursemaid”
Lightning Cake March 2013

“Fox and Girl”
1st place winner, The Sycamore Review 2012 Wabash Prize for Fiction (Judge: Aimee Bender)

Reviews & Essays

Tales for Willful Readers
        “Point the Finger: Listening to Women and Seeking Justice in the Violent World of Fairy Tales” January 2018
        “The Virtues of Willfulness: How Fairy Tales Teach Us to Look for Truths Beyond the Simple Stories March 2018
        We Have Always Lived in the Woods: On Fairy Tales and the Monsters You Know” April 2018
        “How Fairy Tales Teach Us to Love the Unknowable” May 2018
        “The Stepmother and the Saint: How Fairy Tales Depict the Different Facets of Motherhood” June 2018
        “Dreaming Machines: Fairy Tales in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” July 2018
        “When Male Fairy Tale Archetypes are Used to Promote Harmful Sexual Ideologies” September 2018
        “Seizing the Means of Enchantment: Fairy Tales in the Age of the Mega-Corporation” August 2019
        “On Fairy Tales and the Ghostliness of Early Motherhood” September 2019

“A Hundred and Fifty Years’ Sleep: The ‘New’ Fairy Tales of Franz Xaver von Schonwerth”
The Brooklyn Rail March 2015

“Get in Trouble by Kelly Link”
Bookslut February 2015

“The Uses of Enchantment: Geoff Ryman’s WAS, Reviewed”
Slate August 2014

“All Children are Heartless: Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland, Reviewed”
Slate October 2013

“The Classic Horror of H. P. Lovecraft edited by Roger Luckhurst”
Bookslut August 2013

“Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan”
Bookslut June 2013

“Full of Earnestness and Empty of Fuss: Review of Sleet Magazine as Susan Boyle”
The Review Review Winter 2012

“Meta-Deference in the Knowable World: a Film and Music Spectacular”
The Review Review Winter 2012

“Geek Love: Kij Johnson’s At the Mouth of the River of Bees”
The Journal Summer 2012

“Because It’s Not Very Nice: Sendak & Honest Children’s Literature”
Commonplace Fall 2008


In the Forest Grim
Short/Full length adaptation of the Grimm Brothers’ scariest tales for schools and community theaters.
Published and available for licensing by Stage Partners.

“Baba Yaga and the Five Stages of Hypothetical Grief” (short play)
Staged reading May 2012 in the Poughkeepsie Sculpture Park with the support of the Dutchess County Arts Council.
Published in course material for Intro to Theatre course at Ohio State University, Fall 2012.


Email: crfricke [at] gmail [dot] com

Header image: The Girls, Jenny Fine, 2012 (in collaboration with The Wellington School, Columbus, OH), 28″ x 35″, archival pigment print. See more at