Dwelling Literary is a home for your words (a literary ezine reimagined as a virtual house). Each month, this dwelling is redecorated in light of a monthly submission theme. 

What occasion will be celebrated at the house this month? What surprise visitors will show up? How will the dwelling transform? Follow us on Twitter at @dwellinglit to stay up-to-date on all the goings-on!

This is a happy dwelling that craves nothing more than to be filled with your words; your heart; and most of all you! Send your writing to its forever home at Dwelling Literary!

calendar of events


Wondering what's going on at Dwelling Literary today? Look no further!

Dwelling Literary follows a monthly schedule. It's as simple as seeing what day of the month it is on this handy-dandy list!

1st of the month- A new dwelling (issue) is published and will remain live on the site for the remainder of the month

14th of the month- DM Door Contest: Monthly on the 14th we hold a competition through the DMs on our Twitter account to kick off each submission call. Follow us @dwellinglit to get in on the fun. Submissions to the contest must be "mini forms": a poem that is 14 lines or less or a microfiction piece that is 140 words or less. The winner will be published at the door of the specified upcoming dwelling. A special honor! A maximum of three selected runners-up will be published in windows of the specified forthcoming dwelling. You may submit to the DM Door Contest AND the open submission call the day following the DM Door Contest. 

15th of the month- New submission window opens! Didn't place in the DM Door Contest? This is another shot at having your piece featured in that particular dwelling! Note: Dwelling Literary closes submissions as soon as there are a total of 14 pieces selected for the issue. 

24th of the month: Theme announcement day! Find out about an upcoming Dwelling Literary theme. Because our submission windows go very fast we announce themes well ahead of time to allow everyone the opportunity to prepare a submission for forthcoming sub windows.



Elizabeth Bates


Elizabeth Bates is a Pushcart-nominated writer from Washington state. She lives out her happily ever after in a house filled with boys: her husband, her son, and two Siberian Huskies. She has found homes for her own poems and stories in a variety of publications. Visit her author website to read her work. Bates holds a Master's degree in English. She tweets @ElizabethKBates.

Lindsey Ostrom

Art Editor

Lindsey Ostrom is an artist. Her whimsical creations have illustrated every issue of Dwelling Literary since its inception in December 2020. She is a 911 dispatcher by night. By day and night she's a dog mama to a German Shepherd and a mother hen to a flock of chickens. Twitter: @lindseynostrom