Fictive Dream

Short stories online

Submission Guidelines

Photograph by Jay Mantri

We publish stories of between 500 and 2,500 words that have not previously appeared elsewhere, either in print or online (including your own blog and social media).

Submit your story as a Word attachment to No PDFs and please do not paste your story in the body of your email. We’ll get back to you within three weeks of submission. 

Present your submission in a simple typeface with double spacing, numbered pages, the title of your story and your name. 

Please add a brief biography of no more than 75 words written in the third person with links that you would like to be included.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please let us know straightaway if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Send one story at a time, and please wait for our response before sending another.  If a submission is declined, please wait two months before submitting again.

Regrettably, we can’t offer payment for the stories we publish. We do, however, nominate the best stories for national and international awards. 

We reserve the right to remove stories from the website without notice.  

By submitting to Fictive Dream you agree to grant First Serial Rights and non exclusive Electronic Archival Rights to show your work indefinitely on our site. Copyright reverts to the author on publication. We ask that your work does not appear in another publication for three months from the date of publication in Fictive Dream. If, after this time, your work is published in subsequent publications, print or online, we ask that Fictive Dream be acknowledged as the first publisher.

Photographers and artists who would like to collaborate with us should send samples of their work to

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