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Fictive Dream

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Fictive Dream [is] the online magazine dedicated to the short story. We chose our name with more than just a backward glance to American writer and teacher John Gardner whose concept of the fictive dream remains a cornerstone of good writing. Powerful writing ensures that readers never slip out of the fictional world that a writer creates. This is the sort of writing we’re looking to promote here at Fictive Dream.
If you write fiction with a contemporary feel that gives an insight into the human condition, then we’d like to hear from you. We have eclectic tastes and we don’t shy away from difficult subject matter. We’re interested in stories with a distinctive voice, clarity of thought and precision of language. They may be on any subject. They may be challenging, unsettling, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United Kingdom Established in 2016

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 50 x per year.

Fiction Open


Open to a broad Audience, including: All nationalities.

General General
Flash Fiction Flash Fiction500 - 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 2,500 words.

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.


No monetary payment No monetary payment.


Method: Email.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.

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Fictive Dream Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

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AccuracyWe have received 139 reports from 110 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported2 min | 17.4 mean avg | 16.0 median | 84 max days (9.5 std dev)
Responses92.08 %
Acceptances8.63 % of submissions accepted (12.3 avg. days per acceptance) | 10.00 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections83.45 % (17.8 avg. days per rejection) | 23.3 % personal, 50.0 % form, 26.7 % unspecified
Non-Responses7.91 %
Lost/Returned0.72 % (45.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as lost or returned)
Never Responded-
Withdrawals7.19 % (16.1 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending9 responses are pending (4 min | 18.3 mean avg | 12.0 median | 51 max days waiting | 15.4 std dev) from 9 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 21 days. (7.2 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 21 days.)
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 19 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 01 Jul 2024.

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Last Updated: 14 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 23 May 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 01 Aug 2016

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