We are open year-round, with rolling deadlines.

We’re looking for short stories, poems, personal essays or excerpts (that stand alone) from any genre of writing. We’re willing to consider any form of writing that is well-written and from the heart. We especially love writing that has some connection to writing for wellness – narrative medicine, medical memoir, writing the self, healing writing, etc.

Please also see our call for Book Reviews or take advantage of Editorial Critiques from our Editor-in-Chief, Kat McNichol.

Ends on March 8, 2019$23.00

Get an editorial critique on a single short piece of fiction or creative non-fiction. 

All editorial critiques are completed by Dreamers Creative Writing's Editor-in-Chief, Kat McNichol.

Kat McNichol is the Editor-in-Chief of Dreamers Creative Writing and the Co-Editor for the Journal of Integrated Studies. She holds a B.A. in English Literature, and an MAIS in Writing and New Media, and Literary Studies. She is currently completing a PhD in Career Writing at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands where she is using autoethnography and writing as method to research the impact that therapeutic writing has on career identity. 

Each submitted piece is also considered for publication on www.DreamersWriting.com

Submit one piece only, up to 4000 words. Excerpts can also be submitted. 

Author, Alice C. R. recently commented on Kat's work: "Your editorial comments were spot-on..."

Kat McNichol, Editor-in-Chief, Dreamers Creative Writing 

We are open year-round, with rolling deadlines. Our current deadline is February 24, 2019.

Submit your short stories, poems, personal essays or excerpts (that stand alone) from any genre of writing.  We’re willing to consider any form of writing that is well-written and from the heart. We especially love writing that has some connection to writing for wellness – narrative medicine, medical memoir, writing the self, healing writing, etc.

Please use 12 pt font, double-spaced formatting. We prefer short pieces. Range is 15 to 4000 words, excluding works cited. Please submit one narrative or essay at a time, or up to 3 poems. Simultaneous submissions are fine.

We accept previously published pieces, as long as they are currently available for repeat publication. Please let us know where your piece was previously published so we can give proper credit.

All pieces will be published on our website and author’s will be paid a one-time $20 CAD honorarium. Twice yearly, we’ll select the best from among all our published online submissions for publication in our magazine. All authors whose work is chosen for this magazine will receive 1 printed copy and 1 electronic copy. Each year, we also publish an anthology. All authors published in this anthology will receive 1 electronic copy. 

Ends on May 31, 2019$10.00

Dreamers Creative Writing Haiku Contest deadline May 13, 2019.

Submit up to 3 Haiku's for your chance to win! The winner will receive $120 CAD ($100 prize + $20 honorarium), 2 copies of our magazine (1 print, 1 electronic), and 2 special Dreamers keychains on which the winning poem will be printed. 

Submit up to 3 Haiku per entry; enter as many times as you want.

The winning Haiku will be published on www.dreamerswriting.com, in our spring 2019 magazine, and on special Dreamers keychains!

We will select up to 6 honourable mentions (at the Editor's sole discretion) that will be published  on www.dreamerswriting.com and in our spring 2019 magazine. Each runner-up will be paid our standard $20 CAD honorarium.  

Entry Fee:

$10.00 CAD. Entry fee includes an electronic copy of Dreamers Magazine Issue 1. 


  • Include all haiku's in a single document. 
  • We are looking for unpublished, original haiku's (previous publication on a personal blog is fine).
  • By accepting publication, you grant Dreamers Creative Writing non-exclusive electronic and print publication rights, including the right to publish on our website, in our archives, on a keychain and in our magazine. 
  • Authors retain copyright and may republish following publication on www.dreamerswritig.com. Dreamers asks for exclusivity for 30 days. 

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Ends on February 28, 2019$3.00

Welcome to the Dreamers Creative Writing Book Review submissions form!

As per our our general submissions, our Book Review deadlines are rolling. Please use 12 pt. font and double-spaced formatting, 2-3 pages. Include the book price and publisher. Multiple submissions are fine. 

Our current deadline is February 28, 2019. 

In keeping with the theme of the website, we’re accepting reviews of books of any kind—short story collections, novels, memoirs, chapbooks, first-hand accounts from within the linen closet of Dante’s Inferno—but would prefer those that are related in some way to wellness writing. For example, I wrote a review of sam sax’s Madness, a book of poetry concerning mental and physical health. As I write this, I’m working on a review for Michael Pollan’s new book, a nonfiction number entitled: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. The options are almost endless. 

I’ll provide you with a few pieces of advice that my poetry professor gave me this year: Firstly, never write a negative review. What’s the point? It’ll be more enjoyable for you, for us and may even facilitate a dialogue with the author you’re reviewing. By all means, you can find issues with a work—the best pieces of art, no doubt, leave us conflicted—but if it isn’t for you, then it likely isn’t for us. Secondly, the book review functions on film-trailer logic: entice, but don’t spoil. Describe and recommend memorable scenes that struck you, but if those scenes hinge on shock or twist, leave those for the reader. Thirdly, read a few reviews by those who know what they're doing before submitting. This should provide some guidance for structure. 

Lastly, creativity stems from the shattering of rules. If you think you really have something good that defies a guideline I’ve listed here, send it our way. I’ll consider it. I’m young and naïve. 

-Will Bahr, Dreamers Book Review Editor

Dreamers Creative Writing - One Year PRINT Subscription

Subscribe to receive two issues of the Dreamers Magazine. Using this method, you will receive 2 issues in total after which you will be sent a reminder to renew your subscription for another year. 

PRINT SUBSCRIBERS - In addition to a small savings off the cost of the magazines, subscribers will also receive EXCLUSIVE special goodies – bookmarks, stickers, and other secret surprises! 

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Dreamers Creative Writing - Year 1 Anthology PRINT EDITION 

119 Stories, Poems and Essays from the Heart

Please enjoy our Year 1 anthology containing all 119 poems, stories and essays published in our first year.

Buy 3 or more copies and enjoy volume discounts of between 7 and 13%. 

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