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Dream Pop Journal publishes biannual issues at the end of February and August. We are open for year-round submissions and will include the best pieces we receive between issue release dates.

Because we are always open for submissions, sometimes pieces received just before the release of an issue will not receive a response until after that issue has been released. If you have not received a response from us and we just released a new issue, your submission is still under consideration for the following issue.

We welcome submissions from marginalized voices, and we are especially interested in publishing work from emerging writers working in experimental, non-narrative forms. Please send us your strange utterings, hybrid works, collaborative pieces, visual poetry, collages, and linguistic inventions. We hope that you will challenge the limits of what literature can be and that you will share your results with us.

POETRY: Please submit three to five poems (combined maximum of 15 pages) at one time.

SPECULATIVE DIARY: See guidelines below.

VISUAL ART: Please submit up to five pieces at one time.

VISUAL POETRY & ERASURE: Please submit three to five pieces at a time.

  • We are only interested in previously unpublished work.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions provided that you inform us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • We aim to respond to submissions within 30 days, but response times may vary in either direction.
  • Please only submit once per submission period.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, please wait at least a year after the issue release date before submitting to the journal again. So if you were published in August of 2020, we will consider submissions from you again for the August 2021 issue.
  • Please send all work in a single attachment.

If your work is accepted for publication, we will ask for first publication rights. We also request that you grant us permanent electronic archival rights. All other rights will revert to you post-publication. If your work is reprinted elsewhere in the future, we request that you acknowledge its first appearance in Dream Pop.

Poetry Free Tip Jar Option


Please submit three to five poems (combined maximum of 15 pages) at one time.

Reviews Free Tip Jar Option


We are interested in reviews of forthcoming or recently released works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Maximum word count: 2,000 words

Speculative Diary Free Tip Jar Option


Speculative diary is a subgenre of creative non-fiction that incorporates science fiction, fantasy, and horror elements into diary writing. Diary is anything from "Dear Diary" style writing to journaling, to sketches, vignettes, fragments, scintillae, or notes. What makes diary diary for this call is work that is concerned with chronology and kairology. For this specific call, speculative can include any sort of SF/F/Horror mythos, tropes, or archetypes. Speculative will also encompass the paranormal, supernatural, mythic, dystopian, alternate histories, retrofutures, Afrofuturism, dreampunk, Ethno/Southern Gothic, and hi-tech mystery/thriller. The point is to bring genre fiction ideas and aesthetics into one's processing of the real world and memories.

Word Limit: 2,500 words

Visual Art (Non-Poetry) Free Tip Jar Option


Please submit up to five pieces at one time.

Visual Poetry & Erasure Free Tip Jar Option


Please submit three to five visual poems/erasures at one time.

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