Issue 5: MECHA is here!

Issue 5: MECHA includes 7 unique stories that include giant robots in some way. From a harrowing battle with massive steampowered mechs to mecha infused with magic, these tales are sure to entertain.

Featured stories are by: Donovan Bertch, Sarah Clowder, OJ, Jennifer Lee Rossman, J.R. Rustrian, Alyssa N. Vaughn, and C. Whitmer.

Digital Copies can be found HERE

Hard Copies can be found HERE

As usual, physical copies are only available while supplies last~

And be sure to check out our Patreon!

Issue 5 Submissions: OPEN, Theme: MECHA

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

The theme for issue 5 is MECHA.

As in, giant robots. Stories must feature giant robots akin to Pacific Rim, Gundam, etc. This doesn’t necessarily mean science fiction and space and all that jazz – feel free to surprise us and give us magic mechs!

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 May 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.


  • 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!