The Dreams Journal was founded to showcase new and emerging writers, so we welcome submissions from all, regardless of experience or prior publishing background. All work is judged on quality, depth of thought, and relevance to the current issue. If your submission is not chosen for an issue, we will let you know. If we find it interesting but not right for the current issue, we may ask you to re-submit for a later issue. All writers are paid on a sliding scale based on the length and subject of the piece.
Before submitting, please read our style and submission guidelines below.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
Critical and creative work. Which means we do dream analysis, science of sleep, interviews with therapists and experts or gurus, and we do personal essays, poems, and prose. See How To Submit below for further details on individual submissions, and the Current Issue Call for what we want right now.
Intriguing, non-generic, out-of-the-box thought. We want what keeps you up at night. What calls the world into question. Show intelligence and depth of thought. This is a place for sharing the interesting, emotional, relatable yet aspirational, and the wild.
Relevant material. For example, If we’re doing an issue on goals, please don’t send a story of a nightmare you had about your ex. If you have an idea that doesn’t apply to our current call, contact us and see if it might work for an upcoming issue—there’s a chance we have a theme in mind that it could work for in the future.
Quality and talent. Stylistically, we’re open to almost anything. But above all, we look for polish. Prior clips or past publications matter less to us than kick-ass material. If you can write well, spin a story, make us re-examine the world with your words, we want you.
EDITING. Please, PLEASE, proofread and thoroughly edit all your work. Send it to us as if we were to publish it as-is. We are a very small team without time or manpower for multiple rounds of edits. If you have a specific question about part of your submission, caveat it with your submission and we will do our best to address it.
HOW TO SUBMIT
We accept full pieces and pitches. Send either to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject [TYPE OF PIECE] SUBMISSION: ISSUE [#].Example: ESSAY SUBMISSION: ISSUE 2.
Most deadlines for final pieces are the first week of the month. See Current Call below for existing deadline.
If you want to pitch an unwritten idea: Send us a BRIEF description summing it up the piece and including estimated length, and attach or link to a sample of your work. We will let you know if your piece is accepted and, if so, how much we can pay. Keep in mind the issue deadline—it’s probably not wise to pitch to us on that day.
If you’re sending an already-written piece for consideration: In the body of the email include a BRIEF description about it and the word count. Attach your piece as a Word document with your name and the title. We will let you know if it’s accepted and, if so, how much we can pay.
There is no set minimum or maximum word count, but please do not send novellas, excerpts from novels, epic poems, research papers, or anything of obscene length. We do not do serialized content.
CURRENT CALL: ISSUE #2: WAKING UP
Waking from a dream can be the hardest part of having one. The jarring sense of being stirred from a fantasy, and left with either a longing to return to it or the anxiety and fear it may have caused. Both sensations hold deep importance. Fantastical dreams give us a way to imagine the world differently, and deploy our sense of wonder to the world around us. On the other hand, a dream that startles—whether through a premonition or confronting fears—can help us to reexamine life and see what our conscious, waking mind has been avoiding. This issue, we take what dreams show us and apply that vision to reality—working to be awake to our truest selves.
Publication is May 1st. Send related ideas for this issue to email@example.com. The deadline for final submissions is April 27th, 2016.