Submitting a piece

It can be scary to submit a piece of yourself to a publisher for the first time or for the hundredth time. No matter where you are on your journey of being published, the anxiety and stress that accompany hitting that “submit” button is high.

Over the last few years, The DWL Journal has attempted to get off the ground. It has been a difficult road full of anxiety and stress that is only matched by those who are on the other side of this journey with us. Those who submit are putting their projects in our hands. And I feel as though the model we’ve set up over two years ago isn’t working.

Our parent company, Dream Write Learn Services has just updated their website to a fresh new look, updated fees, and a more streamlined request for services. If you haven’t been over there, now would be a great time to pop over. With the new changes over there, it was bound to happen over here. And it has!

We have updated our submission guidelines, changed how to submit, and added an optional submission fee. How the submission fee works is if you would like comments and suggestions to your piece, a $25 review fee will be needed per piece you want reviewed. Simply request this service when you submit your pieces to with the subject line: DWL Journal Submissions.

We have also added that pieces accepted will be compensated based on type and length of the piece. Details on pay range and scale will be announced before the next submission deadline (December 15th!).

With the way we have our deadlines set up, we accept pieces all year round. Don’t hesitate to submit a piece in-between deadlines; especially if you want your piece reviewed by a staff member.


Submission Deadlines Reminder

DWL Journal

Just a friendly reminder that the DWL Journal is always open for submissions. We have the above deadlines so that when we reach 40 total submissions, we can get to work on the next volume.

While we haven’t reached 40 submissions, we will be moving forward to publish volume 3. Recently Amazon merged the KDP and Createspace platforms into one. With this change, cost of printing paperback copies of Volumes 1 and 2 has increased. In order to cut costs, we will be publishing volume 3 as a compilation of 1, 2, and the pieces that were submitted for volume 3 over the past 2 years.

I have notified most of the individuals who submitted pieces. If you haven’t received an email, don’t worry, one is coming. There are a couple of pieces that still need to be reviewed by the committee.

Thank you for your time and patience as we work through the kinks to get this publication off the ground.


DWL Services will be 2 years old soon!

Our parent company will be turning 2 years old in May. We at the DWL Journal are super hyped up about what they have planned for all the fans/followers/clients.

To start off, they will be hosting contests all month. The details of each contest will be posted to the main company news page throughout this week. Contests begin May 1st.

If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page to join in all the fun and excitement. Also, our Facebook page now has a group specifically for the DWL Journal updates.

As always, a reminder to keep writing in order to submit to our journal. We have a new contest section of the journal with different guidelines then our regular submissions. Please be sure to follow the guidelines specific to what you are submitting. Thank you!

If you have any questions about the journal please let us know.

Company News

The DWL Journal would like to announce the following important dates:

March 15th – submission deadline

Some may wonder when volume 3 is coming out. We have had such low submission rates, that we have decided to wait to publish until we have 40 submissions. We will continue to have the submission deadlines as already announced. They are: March 15th, June 15th, September 15th, and December 15th.

We would also like to announce the following themes of each 2018 submission deadline:

March – Holidays

June – Summer Vacations

September – Mystical Creatures

December – A picture is worth a thousand words

Guidelines for themed submissions:

  1. Write a short story, poem, or creative nonfiction piece that goes along with the theme.
  2. No set genre for submissions.
  3. December’s photo will be announced in June.
  4. Word count is limited to 5,000 words for short stories and creative nonfiction pieces. If you submit a collection of poetry, limit the total word count to 5,000.
  5. Limit to 2 short stories, 2 CNF pieces, or 5 poems. OR 1 short story or 1 CNF piece and 3 poems.

Themed submissions will have its own section within the journal. We will still accept submissions even if you don’t follow the themes.

Fall 2018

We are sad to report the postponement of the Dream Write Literary Symposium that was supposed to take place later next month. Instead, we are happy to announce that it will be coming to Cedar City in the fall. More details will be provided on our main company page and the Facebook page.

Dream Write Literary Symposium

As of today, here is a list of presenters and panelists and what they will be talking about:

Josi S. Kilpack – Extraordinary Characters
Steven Bohls – Wordbuilding/Show and Tell in Plot. Steampunk Panel
​Meg Jensen – Constructing the Novel
Lauren Carter – Who Are You Writing For? Survival Tips for Writing
Sandy H. Steele – Pantsing or Plotting – How about both?
Tasha Seegmiller – Crafting Emotion: Creating Interesting Characters.

Josi will also be our keynote speaker and will be talking with us about creating a unique brand.

For tickets please visit:

or click on the photo at the top of the page.

If you would like to present or be part of a panel please visit

If you would like to be a vendor please see the event page for details.



December 15th Deadline

The deadline for the next volume of the DWL Journal is fast approaching. Those who submitted to the last volume have been notified that due to a low submission rate, we are combining the entries to create volume 3.

In other news, our parent company – Dream Write Learn Services, LLC will be hosting the first annual Dream Write Literary Symposium on March 30th-31st. For ticket information visit:

If you would like to present at the symposium, please visit:

Starting in 2018, we will be introducing themes to our journal. We will still have open submissions, but we will be including a section in the journal dedicated to the theme of the journal. A schedule of themes and guidelines will be posted in January.

September 15th Deadline

Today is the deadline for the fall edition of the DWL Journal. If you haven’t submitted your piece(s), I suggest you do so before 11:59 pm tonight.

Any submissions that come in after midnight, will automatically be put up for consideration for the winter edition.

In other news, we will be attending the League of Utah Writers Conference, October 6-7th. Come stop by our booth and purchase previous editions of the journal.

One other thing, we are going to try to have an answer by the end of the month as to who got into the journal and who needs to work on their pieces before publishing. Thank you!


Call for Submissions

The DWL Journal is now seeking submissions for its Fall 2017 volume. Submission guidelines are posted on the Welcome page of this website. The deadline for Volume III is September 15th. To submit, click on the September 15th link in the side bar, to the right.

Please keep in mind the following guidelines:

Poetry: no more than 5 pieces per writer. If submitting with a short story or creative non-fiction piece, no more than 3 poems. There is a word count limit for all poetry submissions per writer – 5,000 words.

Short Stories – no more than 2 stories per writer. If submitting with a collection of poems or creative non-fiction piece, no more than 1 story. Word count limit per story is 5,000 words.

Creative Non-fiction – no more than 2 stories per writer. If submitting with a collection of poems or short story, no more than 1 story. Word count limit per story is 5,000 words.

Please feel free to share this post with all of your writer friends. Flyers and downloadable graphics will be available later this month.

Again, the deadline is September 15th. Happy writing!