Extra Tips

Here are some tips on the sort of things we like in our stories and the sort of things we don't really like. Some of these are a little more written in stone than others.

Stuff we like

  • a good old tale of a character who wants something and tries to get it, meeting obstacles along the way

  • prose that grabs us and moves us and makes us feel for and with the character

  • supernatural elements. While we personally like a good serial killer or coming-of-age story, Dream of Shadows is all about that supernatural stuff

Stuff we're not too fond of

  • stories where the character doesn't want anything or woe-is-me stories where the character spends most of the time complaining, without doing anything to change it

  • second-person narration. It just sounds too much like meditation tapes or choose-your-own-adventure games to us. Sorry

  • pieces that are too experimental, like stream-of-consciousness stories or stories told from really odd points of view (like a flower or a walking stick) or stories that are basically just descriptions

  • romance. We don't mind if love or a relationship is used to drive inner conflict, as long as it's not the focus of the story

The best suggestion we can give you is to read a couple of the stories on the site (or get a copy of our magazine, if you have some spare change in your pocket) to get a feel for the stories we choose. Good luck!

If you like what we do, you can support us. Donations will go towards running the website and producing the magazine, and even a small amount helps. If you don't have any money to spare, you can still help us out by telling the world that we exist. We're very proud of the stories we publish, and we want to get them in front of as many eyes as possible.

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