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Fictive Dream

Literary Magazine





A lit mag devoted to the traditional literary short story.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    3 weeks*
    Editor reported data
    17 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 2500 words max

Max words: 500

Max words: 2500

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary


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How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Please add a brief biography of no more than 75 words written in the third person with links that you would like to be included.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    No PDFs and please do not paste your story in the body of your email.

  • Author's rights

    By submitting to Fictive Dream you agree to grant First Serial Rights and non exclusive Electronic Archival Rights to show your work indefinitely on our site. Copyright reverts to the author on publication. We ask that your work does not appear in another publication for three months from the date of publication in Fictive Dream. If, after this time, your work is published in subsequent publications, print or online, we ask that Fictive Dream be acknowledged as the first publisher.

  • Additional info

    Send one story at a time, and please wait for our response before sending another. We nominate the best stories for national and international awards.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

17 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

2 days

Fastest response time

31 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 77 days, 57 days, 45 days

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Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open


Welcome to Fictive Dream, 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 o...

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