– Open to World-Wide Submissions –

General Submissions

We are open year-round for writing submissions, with rolling deadlines.

Our current deadline is November 24, 2018.

We’re looking for writing submissions of short stories, poems, personal essays or excerpts (that stand alone) from any genre. 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.

Writing Submissions
Formatting and Author Rights

Please use 12 pt font, double-spaced formatting. We prefer short pieces. Range is 15 to 4000 words, excluding works cited. Multiple submissions are fine, however, please submit one narrative or essay at a time, or up to 3 poems via the Submittable system. If you would like to submit more than this in a given reading period, please do so as separate submissions via Submittable. 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 accepted pieces will be published on our website and author’s will be paid a one-time $20 CAD honorarium. Twice per year, we’ll select the best from among all our published online submissions for publication in our bi-yearly magazine. All authors whose work is chosen for this magazine will receive 2 printed copies.

We ask for limited non-exclusive digital and print rights. Copyright remains with the author.


Dreamers Writing Contest
Stories of Migration, Sense of Place and Home
lighthouse lanternDeadline: January 31, 2019
Entry Fee: $25 (includes a one year electronic subscription for Dreamers Magazine)
Prize: $250 to the first place winner
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.

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.


Book Reviews

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.

book reviewIn 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 aguideline I’ve listed here, send it our way. I’ll consider it. I’m young and naïve.

-Will Bahr, Dreamers Book Review Editor


Editorial Critiques
Kat McNichol Editorial Critique

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 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.

Author, Alice Campbell Romano recently commented on Kat’s work: “Your editorial comments were spot-on…”

Each submitted piece is considered for publication on www.DreamersWriting.com.

Submit up to 4000 words. Cost per critique is $23. Excerpts can also be submitted.