From the Editor
Fictive Dream, established in May 2016, is an English language online literary magazine dedicated to the short story. It is a well-respected outlet for short story writers from all over the world including the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. We chose our name with more than just a backward glance to American writer and teacher John Gardner whose concept of the fictive dream requires that readers never slip out of the fictional world or dream that a writer creates. For us this remains a cornerstone of excellent writing, the sort of writing that we’re looking to promote.
Fictive Dream publishes two stories per week. We aim to keep our editorial standard consistently high. We form good relationships with our authors and have a high rate of authors sending us subsequent stories. We respond within a month and if we really want a story, then much more quickly than that.
In terms of submissions we’re open to all subjects and we’re particularly interested in stories that give an insight into the human condition, that is, the problems, the complexities, and the positive experiences that all people face at one time or another. Stories may be challenging, uplifting, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. We have a preference for a contemporary voice and naturally, we’re always attracted by originality. However, our essential criteria is that a story be compelling and well crafted.
We publish stories of between 500 and 2,500 words that have not been previously published (including an author’s own blog or social media). Submission is by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no reading fees and we are not a fee paying publication. We do, however, nominate stories for national and international awards such as the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions. We understand that authors have their strengths and weakness. Therefore, we sometimes collaborate with them by providing editorial guidance where we feel it’s necessary. This is suggested at an early stage and changes are never made without an author’s agreement.
We are open for submissions through out the year. We accept simultaneous submissions.
Each year we run Flash Fiction February in which we commit to publishing a new piece of flash fiction on every day of the month. For the next event in February 2021, the submissions window for this will open in the fall of this year.
Editors Name Laura Black
Print publication? No
Circulation Not known
Do you take online submissions? Yes
Submission Guidelines URL https://fictivedream.com/submission-guidelines/
Approx. Response Time? One month
How often do you publish? Twice per week
Year Founded? 2016
Do you pay? No