Updated Guidelines For The 6th Collection & Afterwards Beginning January 2019

Submissions to The Wire’s Dream Magazine

The Black Lion Journal’s mission is to honor and value the life perspective and worldview of underprivileged individuals — The Wire’s Dream Magazine is the creative extension of that mission.

TWD Magazine accepts original, unseen creative work in the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Combined Work

Work must be original and unseen. Please do not send work that has already been published or is pending publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. There is no creative limitation on the style of work submitted. There are no fees for submission.

NEW: Accepted Contributors will receive a $5 payment for their work. A max of 4 Contributors per category will be featured.

General Guidelines

Submissions are accepted through The Black Lion Journal’s Submittable.

Submission Period:
January 1st to March 1st (Spring Issue)
Reading Period: March 2nd to May 30th
Digital Magazine Release: June 30th

July 1st to September 1st (Winter Issue)
Reading Period: September 2nd to November 30th
Digital Magazine Release: December 31st

Cover Letter
Subject: Name of Category, Your Full Name (Or Pen Name)

Body: Brief introduction, short bio (300 words max) with publication links (if applicable). No bio picture. Please indicate if your submission is simultaneous and at what date it was first submitted elsewhere.

Address to Accept $5 Payment: If work is accepted, please be prepared to provide a full valid address where you would like to receive your payment. PO Box addresses are acceptable.

Complimentary Close: Your full name declares that your submission adheres to TWD Magazine submission guidelines.
Attachments: Please read specific category guidelines.


Specific Category Guidelines

1 – 2 pieces per submission
300 – 1500 words each
Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF only

Creative Nonfiction
1 piece per submission
500 – 2500 words
Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF only

1 – 3 poems per submission
Each poem must be no longer than 2 pages
Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF only

1 – 3 high quality images per submission
Please provide a 300 word project intent
Resolution 150 or higher
PNG only

1 – 3 high quality images per submission
Please provide a 300 word project intent
Resolution 150 or higher
JPG or PNG only

Combined Works
Works that are primarily visual, follow guidelines for Art or Photography
Works that are primarily text based, follow guidelines for Fiction

Electronic Agreement

All submissions are considered and read in the order in which they are received. By submitting, you authenticate that your work is your own. You also give the editor permission to use your work for future print purposes. NOTE: TWD Magazine works to promote YOU, the creator. Your voice and perspective are valued here.

Respect & Value

Please consider that all published work must adhere to The Black Lion Journal’s Credo. With this in mind, pieces that are explicitly construed as openly offensive, violent, sexist, racist, hateful, and/or hurtful to any person(s) or group(s) will not be considered and will be deleted.

NOTE: The editor reserves the right to amend and/or modify this page with any updates

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