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 December 31, 2018$23.00
$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 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 December 15, 2018.

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
$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. 

Guidelines: 

  • 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. 


cherry blossoms with the word "Haiku"  


Ends on December 31, 2018$3.00
$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 October 1, 2018. 

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 Subscriptions

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. 

FOR 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! 

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. 

Deadline: 

January 31, 2019

Entry Fee:

$25.00 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 children’s nonfiction story, a dramatic piece, a comic or an experimental piece. The only requirement is that what you submit should be true. 
  • 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. 

   

Dreamers Creative Writing - Free eMagazine, Issue 1


Dreamers Magazine 

We're celebrating the launch of our very first magazine! For a very limited time, Dreamers will be giving away Issue 1 of our eMagazine FREE.  

Issue 1 is packed with stories and poems with soul, as well as book reviews, places to submit your writing, author interviews, and more!

***Only the eVersion is free and only for a limited time. 

Once you complete and submit this form, your eMagazine will be emailed to you. This may take up to 48 hours. 

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You may also submit your short stories, poems, personal essays or excerpts (that stand alone) from any genre of writing. We charge a $3 reading fee. Please select this fee as an add-on option along with your eMagazine request.   

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. 

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**If you decide to purchase a print subscription (thank you!), we'll still send you a free electronic version as well. 

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