Updates on Current Calls for Submissions

Here’s a quick round-up of projects we are currently holding open submissions for, two of which have had their deadlines extended.  This means there’s still plenty of time to get those submission sent in for consideration.

Hopefully you will find one project (or maybe more…) that you would like to be part of.

Looking forward to reading your submissions!

Love Letters to Selene

An anthology of poems and letters dedicated to, and inspired by, the moon.  The submissions deadline for this project has been extended to 1 June 2018. See what we’re looking for by checking out the submissions guidelines here.

Frankenstein’s Legacy

An anthology of writing inspired by the classic by Mary Shelly.  The project is open to submissions for the whole of 2018.  See what we’re looking for by checking out the submissions guidelines here.

Summer Dreams

Summer Dreams is our Summer anthology for 2018.  The submissions deadline for this project has been extended to 15 June 2018.  See what we’re looking for by checking out the submissions guidelines here.

Whispers and Echoes Issue 4

Issue 4 of our online journal of short writing (poems in 10 lines or less, flash fiction in 100 words or less) is open to submissions until 15th September 2018.  See what we’re looking for by checking out the submissions guidelines here.


Whispers and Echoes Issue 3

Read the issue below or via Wattpad


Welcome to Issue 3 of Whispers and Echoes, a journal of small things, of short writing.

It’s a hectic world we live in, where so much demands our attention that we don’t always have the time to stop and relax, and read. The point of Whispers and Echoes is to provide short pieces of writing – poems no longer than ten lines in lengths and stories told in under one hundred words – that are strong enough to provide a bout of escapism, even if, like the pieces included here, they are brief.

Just like a whisper in a dream…

Just like an echo in a cave…

To learn more about the amazing writers whose and poems and flash fiction can be found below, visit our Meet the Writers page.

* Copyright remains with the author the piece is accredited to *

Losses and Gains | McKenzie Richardson

“You’re killing her!” she shouted, her eyes brimming with tears. “You’re killing my daughter, my only child.”

He reached over to comfort her, but she only turned away.

“Please, Mom.”

She glared back at him, at the body that seemed so foreign to her now. Then she took in the scar on his cheek. It was the same one her six-year-old daughter got after falling off her bike.

“I am still your child,” he pleaded in his deepening voice.

She brushed the scar with her fingertips, flooded with memories.

“I love you,” they both said, their hearts beginning to mend.

Majestic GlacierMiriam Hurdle

I was in awe of the majestic glacier
What a persistent body of ice that
Forever will be within my sight
Silence is its sheer beauty
Never mind the global warming that
People study, argue and fear
Please stay for millions of years

A Metaphysical MysterySammi Cox

There was nothing much to go on. Everything looked very ordinary. A few trees, some stones, a little brook lazily flowing by…that was it.

I sat down on the ground, perplexed. Taking the little book from my pocket, I read the mysterious diary entry from 1878 once more.

A noise startled me; I looked up. Time had passed faster than I expected; I forgot once the natural light faded, darkness fell quickly out here.

And that’s when I saw it. A pearlescent shimmer on the stream-bank and the distinct outline of a doorway.

After that…I can recall no more.

Driving in the DarkMcKenzie Richardson

It looks as though / A thousand stars
Shattered and broke / And cried down little glass tears.
The roads look as if / Stricken with measles
From all of the streetlights / That penetrate this dark and silent night.
One of the roads / Twists and winds / Like a disfigured heart
Yeah, disfigured.
I wish us to make it safely
But at the same time
I want us to crash.

A Tiny SpiderMiriam Hurdle

A tiny spider labors every night to
Spins his web in perfect symmetry.
What an innate architect is he!
Patiently watches for his prey to volunteer.
Meal for the night and reward for labor and wait.
Before dawn, down his trap and hides away.
When the night is nigh he starts his day.
Spins his web, again, again, again. Again!

The Colours of Spring Sammi Cox

When the world wakes from winter’s sleep
And all growing things begin to grow once more
Dashes and splashes of paintbrush pastel
Break up the swathes of spring’s verdant richness
Pure white of snowdrops
Daffodils and cowslips yellow as the sun
Pink and purples of wild violets
Carpets of white-starred wood anemone
Pale yellow cream of primrose and pansy
Are just a few shades from the colour wheel of spring

GoneMcKenzie Richardson

I heard that you’re gone / You’re not here anymore / I’m sorry I didn’t know you better.
It may not be that I miss you; / We haven’t talked for years; / But I regret your passing
I’m sorry you’re gone / I’m sorry you’re not here.
Maybe it’s selfish of me / To feel hurt and confused about this
You had family / You had friends / I was just somebody who knew you once.
I shouldn’t feel pain about this. / But still / There is a sadness here
Like I lost something I didn’t know I had / Like a light was extinguished / I didn’t notice was on
The sun always blinded me that way.
I’m sorry that you’re gone / I’m sorry that you’re not here
But I’m not gone/ I’m still here. / The living have to live with the dead.

HibiscusMiriam Hurdle

There are hibiscus bushes in my garden.
They bloom today, wither tomorrow.
Their colors are cheerfully bright;
Petals are velvety, thin with energy.
Yet they live only for one day.
Wrinkles appear on the faces next sunrise.
“Sigh!” What a pity! why not stay?
They have no worry, nature was made.
When they’re alive, they live fully;
Give them all, for Creator’s glory!

The Black CatSammi Cox

The black cat sat on the doorstep, its only movement a sporadic twitch of an ear. Its gaze was firmly fixed on something beyond the circle of light from the porch lamp, something that clung to the shadows.

Whatever it was, it didn’t make a sound. No dead leaf rustled. No twig snapped.

If it wasn’t for the black cat and its vigil, the dark presence would have gone unnoticed.

If it wasn’t for the guardian who stood watch throughout the night, the thing would have made it into the house it once called home, many years before…

In My Head | McKenzie Richardson

I overanalyze / And underreport / I don’t have a reason / Or a sassy retort
All I can say is / I wish it weren’t this way
But I’m left with my thoughts / And they’re all that I’ve got.

I overthink / And undershare / I’m surrounded by people / Who I know do care
But all I know / Is that I have to go
I cannot escape my own head / I need to be alone instead.

I overcompensate / And underachieve / These are the reasons / That I have to leave
They’re more like excuses / But what can I say?
I always liked fantasy / Better than reality anyway.

Rowing Boat Miriam Hurdle

I love to go rowing boat
Weather is not the matter
May the day be sunny or cloudy
Windy or even stormy
Having you in the same boat
I can go anywhere, everywhere
We had a rough day at the sea
Almost dangerous to manage
Our hearts were in touch
Our hands were in synch
Your encouraging words to me
Mine to you, all the way through
We strived until the storm passed
A day I will forever remember
The storm brought us closer
I love to go rowing boat
When you are with me

To Simply BeSammi Cox

Take a moment
Just to breathe
To pause
To simply be
A break away
From the hustle and bustle
The always doing
Never slowing
Just to breathe
To simply be

Isn’t It?McKenzie Richardson

Hush your thoughts / And go to sleep / I wish it were a promise / I could keep
When I tell you that / It will all be okay / It’s a lie we all believe
Isn’t it?

Close your eyes / And go to sleep / I wish I had words / To calm you as you weep
But I do not know / Just what to say / It’s a beautiful life
Isn’t it?

Rest your body / Please go to sleep / I cannot stop / These thoughts that creep
Into your head / And ruin your day
But I love you / It’s true
Isn’t it?

Raven’s EyeMiriam Hurdle

“Do you have any water left, Dave?”

“I still have some. Take a sip. Your lips are badly chapped, Ben.”

“We have been lost in unpaved hiking trail for five days.”

“We only have water enough for two more days? I hope we could locate water soon!”

“Look, Dave! A raven is circling in the air and ready to dive down.”

“It spotted a dead deer and wanted its share. I think.”

“And the deer was drinking water?”

“That may be our hope for water, Ben.”

“We could reach down by nightfall.”

“I hope this raven saves our lives.”

Final weekend to submit your short poems and flash fiction…

The deadline for submissions of short poems (ten lines or less) and flash fiction (100 words or less) for Issue 3 of Whispers and Echoes has been extended for one more weekend.  The new deadline is now by the end of Monday 26th March 2018.  Here’s what you need to know:

There’s no theme.

We accept work that has already been published on blogs, websites and social media, as well as previously unpublished work.

Although we release the journal on Wattpad (as well as here on the website), you do not have to have a Wattpad account.

If this project sounds like something you would like to be part of, check out the full submissions guidelines, which can be found here.

Have a great weekend!  Happy writing, and hopefully, happy submitting! 🙂


Whispers and Echoes Issue 3 – deadline extension

The submission deadline for Issue 3 of Whispers and Echoes has been extended until 22nd March 2018, so there is still plenty of time to submit your short poems and flash fiction.  Remember, there is no set theme and we are happy to include work that has already appeared on your blog / website / social media.

For more information, you can find the submissions guidelines here.

To read Issue 1, follow this link.

For writing prompts and inspiration see here and here.

We can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

Happy Writing!

Frankenstein’s Legacy is open to submissions…

2018 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of one of the most iconic pieces of classical literature: Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.  To celebrate, we are putting together a Wattpad anthology of writing inspired by this classic.

This is a year-long project and pretty much anything and everything will be considered for inclusion in it as long as it is inspired by the novel (and follows the guidelines).

For the full submission guidelines, follow this link.

Happy writing!

Whispers and Echoes Issue 3 is open to submissions…

The deadline for submissions to Issue 3 of Whispers and Echoes is 15 March 2018.  So if you have any poems under 10 lines long or any flash fiction in 100 words or under, why not consider submitting them?  There is no theme and we accept previously published material (if you hold the copyright).  Click here to read the full submission guidelines.

Happy writing!

Submissions Calls for 2018

[This will be updated throughout 2018 as new projects are announced]

Here is a list of projects currently open to submissions…  Each one is accompanied by a link to its own submission guidelines page where all the information about the project and how you can be part of it can be found.  Dreaming Spirit Press is an non-paying market.

We really hope you consider submitting something to one or more of these projects! 🙂

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Whispers and Echoes – A Journal of Small Things (Issue 3)

If you enjoy writing short pieces of fiction and poetry, then please consider submitting something to issue 3 of Whispers and Echoes, an online journal dedicated to short writing.  There is no theme, and the only limits are on length: 100 words for fiction and 10 lines for poetry.  When the issue is released it will be available to read for free via Wattpad and here on the website.

Submissions: Open Now

Deadline: 15 March 2018

Proposed release date: End of March 2018

For more information, please see the submission guidelines for Whispers and Echoes.


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Frankenstein’s Legacy

2018 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of one of the most iconic pieces of classical literature: Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. To celebrate, we want to put together an anthology of writing (poetry, flash fiction, short stories, letters, non-fiction) inspired by this classic.

For this project the submission window will be open from January 2018 – December 2018, and accepted submissions will be added to the anthology on Wattpad throughout the year.

Submissions: Open Now

Deadline: 31 December 2018 (provisional)

Proposed release date: Throughout 2018

For more information, please see the submission guidelines for Frankenstein’s Legacy.


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Love Letters to Selene – Letters and Poems dedicated to the moon

Loves Letters to Selene is the second instalment in the Love Letters anthology series.   For this collection we are only accepting poems and letters – no short stories please (fictional letters and prose poems are fine though).  The scope for themes and subjects we are after is wide; from the personification of the moon and to moon lore and everything in between.  More details can be found on the anthology’s page (see link below).

Submissions: Open Now

Deadline: 1 May 2018 (provisional)

Proposed release date: End of May (subject to change)

To learn more about this anthology, please check out the submissions guidelines.

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Summer Dreams – Summer Anthology 2018

Summer Dreams will be our second summer anthology.  For this collection we are looking for seasonally-inspired prose and poetry that may or may not include the element of a dream in it.  As long as it takes its inspiration from the summer season, we want to read it!

Submissions: Open Now

Deadline: 15 May 2018

Proposed release date: June 2018

To learn more about this anthology, please check out the submission guidelines.