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Theme: The elements (e.g., earth, air, fire, water, spirit). An element or elements must play an essential role in the story rather than merely appearing in the background. For example, authors could develop an elemental character, use an element as stakes or as an antagonist, or incorporate a prominent element into the setting.


Genre: Any fiction genre and creative nonfiction. (The Editorial Board is not considering poetry.)
Word Count: Writers may submit up to three stories in any of these categories (but no more than one Long-Short Fiction): 

  • Flash Fiction (up to 1,000 words)

  • Short-Short (2,500-3,500 words)

  • Long-Short (around 5,000 words) 


Reprints: Reprints may be submitted, as long as you are the author and hold the rights to publish the work.


Content: No extremely graphic violence or very explicit sexual content. The Editorial Board reserves the right to exclude work that promotes racism, homophobia, misogyny, or other prejudiced or bigoted views.

Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT-4) on June 30, 2024.


How to Submit: Please prepare your submission in standard manuscript format and submit it as an attachment to
Submissions should be original content/characters (no fanfiction), and the author should have all rights associated with the product at the time of submission. No AI-written stories will be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please notify the editors immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Dublin Creative Writers requests six months exclusive publishing rights from the time of anthology publication. Thereafter, all rights will revert to the author. The author retains copyright to the work.

Payment: DCW views paying our authors at a professional rate as a core mission activity. As an all-volunteer organization funded solely by donations, we rely on community support to execute this mission. To this end, we're running a Kickstarter campaign to enable us to cover production costs and compensate our authors. You can support DCW and your fellow writers by backing and/or promoting this project!

Publication: December 2024.

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