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, our three yearly contests, or take advantage of Editorial Critiques from our Editor-in-Chief, Kat McNichol.

We are open year-round, with rolling deadlines. Our current deadline is October 31, 2020.

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 2500 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. 

***Interested in purchasing a ticket to attend our Writing to Heal Online Workshop? You can learn more about this workshop here. Feel free to add the ticket here in Submittable. 

*This form collects funds in USD however the amount(s) in USD are adjusted to equal our CAD price list.

Dreamers as a term has come to represent undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. Although Dreamers Creative Writing’s name has a different meaning and origin, this contest is intended to honour “Dreamers” as it applies to migration, and our sense of place and home. 

Submit your stories of migration and/or your sense of place, of home or lack of, and your empathy to the plight of migrants around the world. Please feel free to interpret the theme of this contest in any way that is fitting for you personally, keeping in mind the overarching theme of Dreamers Creative Writing – that of heartfelt stories. You do not need to be a migrant to enter this contest – you only need to empathize with the theme in some way and have a heartfelt story to tell on the topic. 

This contest is open to the world. 

Submit one piece per entry; enter as many times as you want however the entry fee is required for each piece submitted. 

Deadline: 

January 31, 2021

Entry Fee:

$20.00 USD (approx. $25 CAD). Entry fee includes a 1 year electronic subscription for Dreamers Magazine. 

Prizes: 

The winning entry will receive $250 CAD, two copies of our print magazine, and publication on www.dreamerswriting.com and in our winter/spring 2019 magazine. 

Up to 6 runners-up will also receive publication and a $20 honorarium. 

Guidelines and Terms:
 

  • Enter a poem, a nonfiction or creative nonfiction piece, a personal essay, an article, a fiction story, a children’s story, a dramatic piece, a comic or an experimental piece. 
  • Entries should be between 15 and 4000 words. 
  • We are looking for unpublished, original writing (previous publication on a personal blog is fine).
  • Please submit as a single file and do not include your name anywhere in the attachment. 
  • 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, in any future anthologies and in our magazine. 
  • Authors retain copyright and may republish following publication with Dreamers. We ask for exclusivity for 30 days. 

   

Deadline: May 31, 2021.

Submit up to 3 Haiku per entry 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 next 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 2020 magazine. Each runner-up will be paid our standard $20 CAD honorarium.  

Entry Fee:

$10.00 USD (approx $13 CAD). Entry fee includes an electronic copy of Dreamers Magazine's Spring 2020 Edition.  

Guidelines: 

  • Include all haiku in a single document. 
  • We are looking for unpublished, original haiku (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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Dreamers Creative Writing