We are CLOSED to Submissions
Thank You All. Over 600 of you sent in a wide range of fantastic tales!
As always and sadly, we can only accept a relative handful for publication, but we enjoy so, so many!
As of today (10/15/2022 at Midnight ET), it will still take us 7-8 weeks to review all the stories submitted. At DreamForge, all staff and readers are volunteers. While we’re all set to devote time to this, our day jobs and personal lives can set us back. So, expect 2-3 weeks minimum for us to get back to you. If we respond more quickly, or take significantly longer, those are just the breaks and don’t necessarily mean anything specifically regarding your story.
Most stories will be returned without editorial comment. You will always get a polite response, but providing feedback often takes time we don’t have. A quick calculation shows you the problem. With 600 hopeful submissions this period , if we spend just 5 minutes looking at each story, that’s 50 hours of work! And, of course, it would be impossible to read, provide editorial comments, and respond to every submission in just 5 minutes! So, multiply that by 3X or 5X, just to read and provide a polite reply.
However, if you want to engage with us and other writers as we welcome guest speakers, have fun with writing challenges, and learn the basics of story-telling, then consider supporting us on Patreon at our DreamCaster level and joining us for monthly ZOOM sessions. Your dollars go directly to supporting story purchases, and we all have fun and learn a lot. DREAMCASTERS.
Once we select all the stories we can from this submission period and build out our issues into 2023; we’ll have a better idea of when our next reading period will be.
Page Layout:Font: Arial, Size 12 Double spaced Indented paragraphs Single space after periods. No extra line break between paragraphs Section breaks, as needed, should be three ### symbols, centered on the page. In the document Header, include Title/Last Name/Page #
File Naming:When you SAVE your file, name it in the following way: StoryTitle-V01.doc as in "Pangenesis-V01.doc." In case we ask for edits or a rewrite, the second version would be V02, etc. (You may include your name in the file name if you wish) During the submission process, you will have the opportunity to write a cover letter, enter the word count, select genre and story type, etc. (We know that's a bit of double work, but there's the story and then there's the submission log, and if they get separated this helps us know what went where and what belongs to whom, etc.)
We wish you all the best!
We realize that submitting your story is a personal and hopeful activity. The statistical reality however is that we can only publish between 2% and 5% of what we receive. If all the stories submitted were perfect, that number would still be the same. As a team, we don't always agree on which stories to select. We just do our best, and we know that you do too. Have fun. Be kind. And know that you are appreciated.
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