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Dream of Shadows is a UK publisher looking for previously unpublished fantasy and horror short stories of maximum 1,500 words. Send us dark and magical stories of people struggling on the way to their goal.

Please read the submission guidelines on our website before submitting.

Dream of Shadows Easter Contest Fee: gbp £6.00

Open

Closes on Monday, March 15, 2021 11:59 PM GMT Standard Time (in 15 days)

We're looking for original and previously unpublished fantasy and horror short fiction of maximum 1500 words, written in English. While we don't officially have a minimum word count, we have found that shorter stories must work harder to convince us.

The theme, fitting for the season, is Rebirth. Send us your stories featuring vampires, revenants, zombies or phoenixes or anything else - good or evil - that has come back from the dead.

We particularly love straight stories where someone is trying to get something and meets an obstacle, but we can also appreciate a story that touches us purely emotionally.


THE LEGAL STUFF

The winner of the contest will receive £300 (payment currently made only through PayPal). This is for exclusive first world electronic rights (stories published on our website) and for nonexclusive reprint rights in our yearly magazine (published on Amazon as paperback and ebook). We reserve the right to archive work on our website to keep it available to our readers.

We will also mention two shortlisted stories on our website, but we will not publish them. Hopefully, that will give those two something to add to their bio. It will definitely allow them to still submit their stories to other magazines.

  • All decisions regarding the winner are final

  • No contest entry fees will be returned

  • By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules

  • Contest rules are subject to change


HOW TO SUBMIT

Please upload your story/stories in the standard manuscript format and in .doc or docx.


SUBMISSION FEES

We charge a £6 submission fee per story.



Good luck and happy writing!


Dream of Shadows Easter Contest Fee: gbp £6.00

Open

Closes on Monday, March 15, 2021 11:59 PM GMT Standard Time (in 15 days)

We're looking for original and previously unpublished fantasy and horror short fiction of maximum 1500 words, written in English. While we don't officially have a minimum word count, we have found that shorter stories must work harder to convince us.

The theme, fitting for the season, is Rebirth. Send us your stories featuring vampires, revenants, zombies or phoenixes or anything else - good or evil - that has come back from the dead.

We particularly love straight stories where someone is trying to get something and meets an obstacle, but we can also appreciate a story that touches us purely emotionally.


THE LEGAL STUFF

The winner of the contest will receive £300 (payment currently made only through PayPal). This is for exclusive first world electronic rights (stories published on our website) and for nonexclusive reprint rights in our yearly magazine (published on Amazon as paperback and ebook). We reserve the right to archive work on our website to keep it available to our readers.

We will also mention two shortlisted stories on our website, but we will not publish them. Hopefully, that will give those two something to add to their bio. It will definitely allow them to still submit their stories to other magazines.

  • All decisions regarding the winner are final

  • No contest entry fees will be returned

  • By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules

  • Contest rules are subject to change


HOW TO SUBMIT

Please upload your story/stories in the standard manuscript format and in .doc or docx.


SUBMISSION FEES

We charge a £6 submission fee per story.



Good luck and happy writing!


Dream of Shadows Halloween Contest

Temp Closed

Opens on Sunday, August 1, 2021 12:00 AM GMT Daylight Time (in 153 days)

We're looking for original and previously unpublished fantasy and horror short fiction of maximum 1500 words, written in English. While we don't officially have a minimum word count, we have found that shorter stories must work harder to convince us.

The theme, fitting for the season, is Halloween Monsters. Send us your stories featuring vampires, zombies, mummies, ghosts or witches or anything else you might find roaming the streets on Halloween night.

We particularly love straight stories where someone is trying to get something and meets an obstacle, but we can also appreciate a story that touches us purely emotionally.


THE LEGAL STUFF

The winner of the contest will receive £300 (payment currently made only through PayPal). This is for exclusive first world electronic rights (stories published on our website) and for nonexclusive reprint rights in our yearly magazine (published on Amazon as paperback and ebook). We reserve the right to archive work on our website to keep it available to our readers.

We will also mention two shortlisted stories on our website, but we will not publish them. Hopefully, that will give those two something to add to their bio. It will definitely allow them to still submit their stories to other magazines.

  • All decisions regarding the winner are final

  • No contest entry fees will be returned

  • By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules

  • Contest rules are subject to change


HOW TO SUBMIT

Please upload your story/stories in the standard manuscript format and in .doc or docx.

We charge a £6 submission fee per story.


Good luck and happy writing!

Dream of Shadows Halloween Contest

Temp Closed

Opens on Sunday, August 1, 2021 12:00 AM GMT Daylight Time (in 153 days)

We're looking for original and previously unpublished fantasy and horror short fiction of maximum 1500 words, written in English. While we don't officially have a minimum word count, we have found that shorter stories must work harder to convince us.

The theme, fitting for the season, is Halloween Monsters. Send us your stories featuring vampires, zombies, mummies, ghosts or witches or anything else you might find roaming the streets on Halloween night.

We particularly love straight stories where someone is trying to get something and meets an obstacle, but we can also appreciate a story that touches us purely emotionally.


THE LEGAL STUFF

The winner of the contest will receive £300 (payment currently made only through PayPal). This is for exclusive first world electronic rights (stories published on our website) and for nonexclusive reprint rights in our yearly magazine (published on Amazon as paperback and ebook). We reserve the right to archive work on our website to keep it available to our readers.

We will also mention two shortlisted stories on our website, but we will not publish them. Hopefully, that will give those two something to add to their bio. It will definitely allow them to still submit their stories to other magazines.

  • All decisions regarding the winner are final

  • No contest entry fees will be returned

  • By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules

  • Contest rules are subject to change


HOW TO SUBMIT

Please upload your story/stories in the standard manuscript format and in .doc or docx.

We charge a £6 submission fee per story.


Good luck and happy writing!

Magazine and Website

Temp Closed

We're looking for original and previously unpublished fantasy and horror short fiction of maximum 1500 words, written in English. We're not too fond of science-fiction. While we will sometimes consider stories of something coming down to Earth from another planet if the focus is horror or fantasy, we're not really looking for space adventures.

We particularly like honest and daring stories with strong characters pursuing goals, although we recognise that if a story is good, it's good.

We're realists, so we don't need a happy ending. Send us those stories that other publishers rejected because they were too dark.

Having said that, we don't want stories with gratuitous and/or over-the-top sex, violence or swearing. And it should go without saying, but we won't allow discrimination either.

On a similar note, we're also not very fond of preachy stories, where one character explains to another how terrible humans are. We get it, people suck.


We will make an effort to respond to all submissions as fast as we can. If you haven't heard from us 7 days after submitting your story, please send us a quick message through the Contact Us form on our website.