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  • 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.


    • 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!