Submissions Guidelines

DreamForge is CLOSED for Submissions

Our submission period closed for now.

What are we looking for? (when we’re looking).

Check out our general guidelines below.

1Story Length
Shorter is better!

In general we like to see works 5,000 words and under. If you submit a story over 5,000 words, it has to be amazing to get very far in the review process.

Overall, we will consider the following word counts:

Flash Fiction & Poetry: 100 - 1500 words
Short Stories: 2,000 - 7,500 words
Novelettes: 7,500 - 15,000 words.
2Submission Formatting
Your story must be submitted in Word or RTF format.

Title of Story (centered)
No By Line This Time
No Address or other Personal Info please.(You'll add that in the form you complete during submission.)

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/Page # (No name this time around)

File Naming:

When you SAVE your file, name it in the following way: StoryTitle-V01.doc  as in "Pangenesis-V01.doc." 

In cases where we ask for edits or a rewrite, the second version would be V02, etc. (Do not include your name this time in the file name.)

During the submission process, you will have the opportunity to write a cover letter, enter the word count, select genre and story type, etc.
3Our General Guidelines
Positive stories demonstrating the triumph of the human spirit and the power of hope and humane values in overcoming the most daunting challenges.

We are interested in all SF and Fantasy genres, but no horror please.

No to Pollyannish and Utopian simplicity.
Yes to communities and teams working together to overcome dire challenges.
Yes to marginalized and under-represented characters as protagonists.
Yes to science and magic that solve problems, alleviate suffering, and boldly explore new possibilities.
No to corrupt, dystopian governments or evil corporations.
Tone down the violence, profanity, and sex. It's only useful if the story demands it.
4Contracts and Payment
Our contract is based on the model provided by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). Copyright and story ownership remain with the author. Contract terms are negotiable within reason.

We acquire first serial print rights in North America and first world electronic rights for online publication.

Payment rates vary between $0.04 and $0.08/word, depending on the following:

Print and Online publication (6-8 cents/word)
Reprints and Online publication only (4-5 cents/word)
Word Count
Merit (We have been known to pay more for stories that made us giddy with excitement to publish them.)

Poems and micro-stories are paid at the rate of $25 to $100.

Payment is on Acceptance
5Miscellaneous Notes
If you are a Forge Master (print) Dreamforge subscriber who subscribed before 3/1/19, be sure to tell us that in your cover letter.

Your story will be read by the Editor-in-Chief and you will receive feedback on your story.

One submission at a time, please, but you are welcome to submit again if your story is returned.

If we offer suggestions on improving your writing or story structure, we want to see evidence that you tried to follow our advice on your next submission.

Simultaneous submissions are OK, if you let us know as soon as your story is accepted elsewhere.

Please allow 6 to 9 weeks for our review and final response. We try to be faster, but we have full-time day jobs and we can get overwhelmed.

We will consider reprints if you can show that publication rights have reverted to you, the author.

If you haven't heard from us on a story you think may have gotten lost in the shuffle, feel free to query us at

Submissions will be through our online Submissions Portal. AFTER READING OUR GUIDELINES ON THIS PAGE, START YOUR SUBMISSION PROCESS HERE

Curious Why Stories Get Rejected?

You know, you are probably a pretty decent writer. There is a very good chance we are going to like your story, even admire parts of what you have accomplished with it. We know that going in, but still, the odds of us choosing your story for publication are pretty slim.

Read our Blog Post: Why We Didn’t Buy Your Story

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