Submissions Guidelines

DreamForge is CLOSED for Submissions

Thank you everyone!  We received over 500 submissions in the spring of 2021, and we’ll be reviewing those for another 4 to 6 weeks. Most authors should hear from us by the end of April.

Once we know how much we’re able to acquire from this submission period, we’ll make a decision about when we open up again.  And thank you to everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter – as your support is what allows us to buy stories and keep DreamForge going!

Special Notes

DreamForge Anvil is about a passionate attention to storytelling as much it is about the stories themselves. This year, most stories will be returned without comment.

That will give us time to pick a few “almost there” tales and work with the authors to see if we can collaborate in taking the story over the hurdle to select it for publication.

When we find a story we want to work with, we’ll ask first if the author is interested, before we come back at you with a detailed review and suggestions. If you are interested, and if we accept your story after editorial changes, then we’ll publish your story and include a line edit comparison from your original to final so that those interested in story development can learn from the experience. We’ll also give you the opportunity to talk about your story and share insights into its development and the meaning it has for you.

For every story we accept, we’ll provide two other hopeful contributors with the same level of detailed notes that we provide to the hidden gems we choose to work with. These will be chosen at random so that authors with a wide range of skill sets and experience can receive some feedback. We might not be able to publish your story, but perhaps we can help you improve its chances elsewhere.

As you might guess, we expect to receive hundreds of stories, perhaps hundreds and hundreds. During the entire year, we’ll only be able to publish 20-30 at best, and in total give detailed responses to less than a hundred hopeful contributors. But perhaps we’ll make more of a difference to those we are able to work with. It’s an experiment; we’ll see how it goes.

Learn more about what we look for in the guidelines below.

 

1Story Length
Shorter is better!

This reading period, our sweet spot for stories will be between 2,500 and 3,750 words.

Overall, we will consider the following word counts:

Flash Fiction: 200 - 1500 words
Short Stories: 1,500 - 4,500 words
Poems: up to 900 words
2Submission Formatting
Your story must be submitted in Word or RTF format.

Title of Story (centered)
Your Byline (centered)
No Address or other Personal Info please.(You'll add that in the form you complete during submission.)
Formatting:

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 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 horror is unlikely to find a home here.

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 World Rights for online/electronic and print publication, exclusive for a period of six (6) months following the first date of publication and nonexclusive thereafter. (For practical purposes, print in 2021 will be limited to Kindle Direct Publishing. Since Kindle would have the ability to print and deliver from any locality, we're revising our language to say "First World Rights.")

Payment is $0.06/word.
Payment for reprints is $0.04/word
Poems are paid at the rate of $25 to $100

Payment is on Acceptance
5Miscellaneous Notes
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@DreamForgeMagazine.com.

Submissions will be through our online Submissions Portal, which is only available during submission periods.

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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