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Dream of Shadows [is] your new London-based website for horror and fantasy short stories. We want to offer readers honest and daring stories, stories without happy endings, where the two not-so-sexy leads don't fall in love simply because they have to. And we want to offer all the hard-working scribes a fair project. That is why we have decided to pay our writers, even if it is only a token payment. Because if it's good enough for us to publish, it's good enough for us to pay you for it.

Voluntary Fees: This project accepts voluntary fees for "tip jar" submissions.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United Kingdom Established in 2019


Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 12 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationUnknown publication frequency.

Fiction Open

Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Open to all/most Topics.
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 1,500 words.
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
OK No No OKText format submissions
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Dream of Shadows Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

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This market ranks among the 25 Fastest Fiction Markets in our database.
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AccuracyWe have received 144 reports from 104 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported0 min | 0.8 mean avg | 1.0 median | 7 max days (9.9 std dev)
Responses97.92 %
Acceptances2.78 % of submissions accepted (1.3 avg. days per acceptance) | 3.85 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most markets have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections95.14 % (0.7 avg. days per rejection) | 32.9 % personal, 52.6 % form, 14.6 % unspecified
Non-Responses2.08 %
Never Responded-
Withdrawals2.08 % (3.3 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending3 responses are pending (0 min | 57.0 mean avg | 1.0 median | 170 max days waiting | 283.0 std dev) from 3 different members This only includes pending reports of users who have been active on this site within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 30 days.
The most common submission tip paid: GBP £1.00. (68.5 % of reports specified whether they gave a tip; of those, 18.0 % gave tips.)
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 08 May 2021.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 06 May 2021.

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Last Updated: 05 May 2021
Last Checked: 18 Apr 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 05 May 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 13 May 2019

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