10 Best Futures
DreamForge Magazine is Open for Themed Submissions of 1500 words or less of Flash Fiction, Vignettes or Poetry in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.
This is a challenge for new and experienced writers alike. We’re looking for short works of 1500 words or less. The form could be traditional story, flash fiction, vignettes, or poetry in any genre or sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy.
The rules are that each work must adhere to the following structure:
- The scene or world of the story’s “present” must be contrasted with a past age in which people were generally worse off than they are at the time of the action.
- The improved conditions are shown to be the result of the ingenuity, struggles and sacrifices of a previous generation.
- Unforeseen consequences of that past struggle are weighing heavily on the current generation, and there are those who are ready to take on the burdens of the present age and blaze a new path forward, uncertain though the results may be.
These elements can be of significant focus or lightly touched upon, but they must discernable. We’re OK with serious themes, comedic treatment, and even a cynical glance, but sardonic dystopian visions aren’t going to make the cut.
Deadline: October 31st. Payment rate: $0.06 to $0.08/word + $100 bonus for the best of the 10 we select. (So you can be short and brilliant if you wish.) Submit your electronic file in Word DOC or RTF format to submissions@DreamForgeMagazine.com Subject Line: 10 Best Futures Submission
Comments and questions are welcome at the same email address.
Goal: To include 10 short pieces in our first Issue (2/14/19) that show mankind as recognizing the challenges inherent its own success and ready to deal with the situation as humane and rationale creatures, however imperfect our efforts.
A General Overview of DreamForge Magazine
Note: From here down the page, these will be our ongoing submission rules when we open for General Submissions of all types in 2019.
At DreamForge, our goal is to publish positive science and fantasy fiction. You can gain some sense of what we mean by this in reading our Rules of Fiction page.
While we agree there will always be new and often tremendous struggles for humankind to overcome, we do not subscribe to hopelessness or futility as a vision of the future or of any setting or situation.
DreamForge is about the triumph of reason and of humane-ity.
To aid us in reviewing (and hopefully working with) your manuscript as efficiently as possible, it would help for you to read and follow our guidelines as presented here.
Once you have everything in order, submit an electronic file in Word DOC or RTF format to submissions@DreamForgeMagazine.com
Pick Your Sub-Genre and Have Fun
At DreamForge, we are eclectic readers, and we hope our audience shares our love of, well… freakin’ everything.
Your story may take the shape of space opera, urban fantasy, military sf, magical realms, hard science fiction, sword & sorcery, time travel, cyberpunk, steampunk, hopepunk, and whatever else comes before punk.
A bit of light fare, including comedy is appreciated from time to time. We even have a soft spot for zombies and vampires. We’ll occasionally consider some short poetry too.
In all our tales, we would prefer NOT to see the prevailing power structure portrayed as a corrupt police state. You might try contentious humans engaged in fierce debates over right and wrong instead.
Violence, profanity, and sex.
Tone it down. All are permissible to a degree, yet any instance must be integral to the story in such a way that removing the element truly diminishes the effectiveness of the story.
At DreamForge, we are neither prudes nor are we overly offended by colorful language. That said, we have an explicit mission with this magazine to elevate the artful and the humane. Actually, if you’re going to show violence, we’d prefer realistic violence, the kind that hurts people; because that’s what violence does. No form of pornography will be accepted.
DreamForge Publishes Fiction in the Following Lengths:
- Flash Fiction: 600 – 1500 words
- Short Stories: 1,500 – 7,500 words
- Novelettes: 7,500 – 12,000 words
Keep in mind that we can accept very few novelettes and pieces of flash fiction. We are looking mainly for short stories, and short stories under 6,000 words are preferred.
Top Left of First Page:
- First and Last Name
- Mailing Address
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Word Count
- Font: Arial, Size 12
- Indented paragraphs (no extra line break between paragraphs)
- Section breaks, as needed, should be three ### symbols, centered on the page.
- Turn off curly quotes if possible; straight quotes are preferred.
- In the document Header, include Last Name/ Title/Page #
- After your Name, Address, and Identifying information, center the Story Title and, beneath that include your byline.
- If using a pseudonym, place it in the byline, with your legal name for identification in the top left of the first page.
In your email or as a cover page, tell us a bit about yourself and your story. What excites you about your story; what do you think makes it worth reading?
We have an inclusion policy. You can read more about it on our Policy page. Basically, we would like to see story submissions from anyone and everyone who believes we can build a better future together.
Payment and Contracts
Payment rate varies between $0.06 and $0.08/word, depending on word length, quality of story (subjective to us), and professionalism in manuscript preparation.
Our contract is based on the model provided by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). A copy of our contract language is available upon request.
Contract terms are negotiable within reason (subjective to us).
Payment is on Acceptance
Once we agree on a contract and have it signed by both parties, you can expect payment within 60 days. Most of the time, it should be much faster than that.
If we think of anything else, we’ll let you know. Of course, we just hope from the start that your ideas and craftsmanship reach a level we haven’t even thought possible. We believe in you. Let’s do this!
By Outer Space