Welcome to Fictive Dream, the online magazine dedicated to the short story. We chose our name with more than just a backward glance to American writer and teacher John Gardner whose concept of the fictive dream remains a cornerstone of good writing. Powerful writing ensures that readers never slip out of the fictional world or dream that a writer creates. This is the sort of writing we’re looking to promote here at Fictive Dream.
If you write fiction with a contemporary feel that gives an insight into the human condition, then we’d like to hear from you. We have eclectic tastes and we don’t shy away from difficult subject matter. We’re interested in stories with a distinctive voice, clarity of thought and precision of language. They may be on any subject. They may be challenging, unsettling, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.
If this is the sort of fiction you like to read, then you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our current stories here. Or choose something from the Picks from the Past… feature in the sidebar. For the complete catalogue search Stories by Month. You won’t be disappointed.
Fictive Dream is open to submissions all year round. We’d love to hear from you.