general guidelines



BEACH HOUSE- Subs open May 15th (July Publication)

Send us sea glass, shells, seagulls, pelicans, mermaids, sea creatures, sand, waves,

flip flops, sunglasses, boats & Adirondack chairs!

TBA (on April 24th!)- Subs open June 15th (August Publication)

Submissions Email:

Email Subject Line: Sub / Full Name / Submission Type (Poetry, Fiction, or CNF)

Send us your writing today! We love mail at Dwelling and check our inbox often! 

Please copy and paste your submission into the body of the email.

Include a bio written in third-person to accompany your piece. If you have a Twitter account please include your handle so we can shout from the rooftops when your piece is live on the site!

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere by replying to your original submission email. 

We do not publish previously published works. 

Please only submit one piece per submission window. As soon as a new submission window opens, we invite you to submit again. We love regular visitors! Early submission is encouraged. As soon as we have a full house the submission window will close.


We will respond to your submission in 1-2 weeks (or less)!

this is a home for...

  • Poetry (50 lines or less)

  • Fiction (Micro or Flash- 1000 words and under only please)

  • CNF (1000 words and under)

Works submitted should respond to the current submission window theme in some way. We are especially fond of sweet, happy, uplifting, and/or hilarious narratives. We will accept 14 pieces per submission window.

Rights revert to the author upon publication. We would love if you would credit Dwelling as the original site of publication!

At this time we are unable to pay contributors. We will, however, promote you on our Twitter account at @dwellinglit. We intend to nominate for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net in the future.

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. 

unwelcome visitors

  • Hate, prejudice, and discrimination in any of their iterations will not be tolerated.

  • Anything that would need an R-rating probably isn't the right fit for us. 

hold harmless & indemnity agreement

By allowing us to publish accepted work, contributors grant Dwelling Literary Electronic Rights and Archival Rights to advertise and archive published pieces on this website and for promotion through our Twitter account @dwellinglit. By submitting to Dwelling Literary, contributors are verifying that submitted work is completely original (not plagiarized) and not in violation of any copyrights. Copyright infringement is not tolerated by Dwelling Literary. Upon submission to Dwelling Literary, contributors agree to indemnify and hold harmless Dwelling Literary and its staff.

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