Issue 9 Submissions: CLOSED

Short story submissions for Issue 9: possession are now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who submitted. We look forward to reading through your work and are excited to see what came in. Expect a decision within a couple weeks.

COVER ART SUBMISSIONS ARE STILL OPEN! We’re extending cover art submissions until September 7th. Artists will be compensated ($50 and a contributor copy). The artist retains rights to the art work and may use it how they please. We only buy the license to use it for our cover. In that vein, it can be a  previously made work so long as it doesn’t have any other copyrights or licenses. We are not looking for fanart for our cover, however. We would just like it to fit the theme. Please view our full cover art guidelines, which can be found here.

Thank you so much for your time and support!

~LL

Issue 9 Submissions: OPEN, Theme: possession

We are proud to announce that our eighth reading period is starting today! Unfading Daydream invites you to submit your speculative fiction short stories.

The theme for issue 9 is POSSESSIONDefined as: the state of having, owning, or controlling something. Think demons, magic, technology…all different ways of controlling someone. Or go with something more subtle. Surprise us.

Basic Details:

  • We are open to established and new, emerging authors.
  • In terms of length, we’re looking for stories between 1000 and 7000 words. Shorter or longer stories will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • No previously published works.
  • No fanfiction please
  • Reading periods are May 1st to July 31st and November 1st to January 31st.
  • All submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on the last day of the reading period. In this case, all submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on July 31st.
  • Expect a decision within four weeks of the submission window ending.
  • See full guidelines HERE

While we are a small literary magazine, we are offering monetary payment to those who we accept for publication. Stories that are between 1000-3000 words will receive $5. Stories that are longer than that will receive $10.  All contributors receive a hard copy of the magazine.

Submissions:

  • We accept submissions only by email.
  • Free to submit!
  • Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Submission’.

We are also seeking submissions for cover art.

  • artists will be compensated ($50 and a contributor copy)
  • Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Cover’
  • Full guidelines for artists HERE

Thank you, we look forward to seeing the submissions!

Issue 8 Submissions: CLOSED

Short story submissions for Issue 8 are now CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who submitted. We look forward to reading through your work and are excited to see what came in. Expect a decision within a couple weeks.

COVER ART SUBMISSIONS ARE STILL OPEN! Cover art submissions must be in by March 11th at 11:59pm CST. Artists will be compensated ($50 and a contributor copy). The artist retains rights to the art work and may use it how they please. We only buy the license to use it for our cover. In that vein, it can be a previously made work so long as it doesn’t have any other copyrights or licenses. We are not looking for fanart for our cover, however. We just would like it to fit the theme!

Thank you so much for your time and support!

~LL

Issue 8 Submissions Open!

heroes and villains

We are proud to announce that our eighth reading period is starting today! Unfading Daydream invites you to submit your speculative fiction short stories.

The theme for issue 8 is HEROES & VILLAINS.

From comics to TV shows, heroes are everywhere. And wherever they may be, a villain surely lurks close behind. We’re looking for fresh and exciting takes on the fight between good versus evil. The terms are open for interpretation, so feel free to get creative!

Basic Details:

  • We are open to established and new, emerging authors.
  • In terms of length, we’re looking for stories between 1000 and 7000 words. Shorter or longer stories will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • No previously published works.
  • No fanfiction please
  • Reading periods are May, August, November, and February.
  • All submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on the last day of the reading period. In this case, all submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on February 28th.
  • Expect a decision within four weeks
  • See full guidelines HERE
  • Due to the shortened month, we will accept late submissions on a case by case basis. Authors must make arrangements by email at least 24 hours before the deadline if they intend on submitting late work. No exceptions.

While we are very new, we are offering monetary payment to those who we accept for publication. Stories that are between 1000-3000 words will receive $5. Stories that are longer than that will receive $10.  All contributors receive a hard copy of the magazine.

Submissions:

  • We accept submissions only by email.
  • Free to submit!
  • Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Submission’.

We are also seeking submissions for cover art.

  • artists will be compensated ($50 and a contributor copy)
  • Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Cover’
  • Full guidelines for artists HERE

Thank you, we look forward to seeing the submissions!

Issue 7 Submissions: CLOSED

Short story submissions for Issue 7 are now CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who submitted. We look forward to reading through your work and are excited to see what came in. Expect a decision within a couple weeks.

COVER ART SUBMISSIONS ARE STILL OPEN! Cover art submissions must be in by December 9th at 11:59pm CST. Artists will be compensated ($50 and a contributor copy). The artist retains rights to the art work and may use it how they please. We only buy the license to use it for our cover. In that vein, it can be a previously made work so long as it doesn’t have any other copyrights or licenses. We are not looking for fanart for our cover, however.

Thank you so much for your time and support!

~LL

Issue 7 Submissions OPEN

We are proud to announce that our seventh reading period is starting today! Unfading Daydream invites you to submit your speculative fiction short stories.

Issue 7 has no theme. Meaning, any speculative fiction story (so long as it adheres to our submission guidelines) is welcome. We look forward to reading your work!

Basic Details:

  • We are open to established and new, emerging authors.
  • In terms of length, we’re looking for stories between 1000 and 7000 words. Shorter or longer stories will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • No previously published works.
  • No fanfiction please
  • Reading periods are May, August, November, and February.
  • All submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on the last day of the reading period. In this case, all submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on November 30th.
  • Expect a decision within four weeks
  • See full guidelines HERE
  • Please note that our guidelines have changed a little and be sure to read through all of them!

While we are very new, we are offering monetary payment to those who we accept for publication. Stories that are between 1000-3000 words will receive $5. Stories that are longer than that will receive $10.  All contributors receive a hard copy of the magazine.

Submissions:

  • We accept submissions only by email.
  • Free to submit!
  • Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Submission’.

We are also seeking submissions for cover art.

  • artists will be compensated ($50 and a contributor copy)
  • Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Cover’
  • Full guidelines for artists HERE

Thank you, we look forward to seeing the submissions!

Issue 6 Submissions: OPEN, Theme: CRYPTIDS

We are proud to announce that our sixth reading period is starting today! Unfading Daydream invites you to submit your speculative fiction short stories.

The theme for issue 6 is CRYPTIDS.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the noun cryptid as “an animal whose existence or survival to the present day is disputed or unsubstantiated; any animal of interest to a cryptozoologist.” Authors do not need to use ‘traditional’ cryptids – you can make up your own. You can throw them into space opera or a fantasy setting. Surprise us, we look forward to reading your work!

Basic Details:

  • We are open to established and new, emerging authors.
  • In terms of length, we’re looking for stories between 1000 and 7000 words. Shorter or longer stories will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • No previously published works.
  • No fanfiction please
  • Reading periods are May, August, November, and February.
  • All submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on the last day of the reading period. In this case, all submissions must be in by 11:59pm CST on August 31st.
  • Expect a decision within four weeks
  • See full guidelines HERE
  • Please note that our guidelines have changed a little and be sure to read through all of them!

While we are very new, we are offering monetary payment to those who we accept for publication. Stories that are between 1000-3000 words will receive $5. Stories that are longer than that will receive $10.  All contributors receive a hard copy of the magazine.

Submissions:

  • We accept submissions only by email.
  • Free to submit!
  • Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Submission’.

We are also seeking submissions for cover art.

  • artists will be compensated ($50 and a contributor copy)
  • Please send your submission to submit [at] unfadingdaydream [dot] com with the title of ‘Unfading Daydream Cover’
  • Full guidelines for artists HERE

Thank you, we look forward to seeing the submissions!