Fantasy fiction is defined by the presence of magic and supernatural elements. While fantasy may share many characteristics with science fiction, what ultimately distinguishes fantasy scenarios is that they are not scientifically feasible, even in a distant future.
Fantasy is characterized by intricate world-building, and is set in a different world, which can be in the past or the present, as well as on Earth or in an out-of-time place. The fantasy worlds are populated by mythical (dragons, unicorns, elves, etc.) and paranormal (vampires, werewolves, shifters, etc.) creatures.
Story lines often revolve around a battle between good and evil, and fantasy series normally conclude with the defeat of the antagonist. The protagonist often possesses a magical ability that helps her in triumphing over evil.
Perhaps the two most popular fantasy subgenres at this point are high/epic fantasy and urban fantasy.
The fantasy subgenres seen here reflect most, but not all, of what's being published today. Book Country's genre map will continue to change as new literary categories emerge and others fall out of fashion. If you write fantasy fiction, explore a genre to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.