Submission Guidelines

Welcome to the Submission portal for PPW's Anthology. Please follow ALL guidelines as they are stated. Any submission not within the guidelines will not be accepted.



Dreams are manifold. There are lucid dreams, recurring dreams, reveries and false awakenings; delusions, bold visions, ideals and aspirations. When our lives are torn asunder we yearn for the primordial wisdom of poets, bards, and dream warriors. Whether fanciful or horrific, nonsensical or edifying, ingenious or sublime—make your dream manifest in a poem or short story.

Editors: Kathie Scrimgeour, Jenny Kate, Ed Raetz, Debby Brewer, Amy Armstrong
Contact: If you have any questions about this form or the anthology, please send an email to:

Submission Window: May 15, 2021 - July 31, 2021
Publication Date: Estimated to be about March 2022

What we want:

Short Stories (fiction or non-fiction in story form) - Open Genre: realistic or speculative, contemporary, literary or commercial. It needs a strong plot, have emotional appeal, and a connection to the theme. 1,500-7,000 words.

Poetry - No single poem over  5 pages and must have a strong connection to the theme.

Flash Fiction - 100-1,000 words. Although this is a short form of the story it must still have all the elements of a short story - beginning, middle, end. Flash Fiction is not a scene, but a complete story.


Who can enter? PPW members only. If you are not a member, please visit PPW's website and sign up. Membership is free. Submissions are not allowed by any member of the editorial team.

Word Count:

  • Short Stories: (fiction or non-fiction) 1,500 to 7,000 words
  • Poetry: No more than 5 pages per individual poem
  • Flash Fiction: 100-1,000 words

Format: Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced, 1" margins, black text on white background. Include a header with the title and page number at the top of each page. YOUR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON YOUR MANUSCRIPT NOR IN THE METADATA. Submissions are read blind

Multiple Submissions: Multiple submissions will be accepted up to a total of no more than 3. Only one submission per entry form. Only one submission per author will be published in the anthology. If more than one of your submissions is taken to the final round, it will be the editors' discretion as to which is published. Multiple poem submissions must be separate. If more than one poem is submitted in a single submission, only the first poem will be read.

Simultaneous Submissions: Please no simultaneous submissions.

Reprints: We are looking for original, unpublished work only. We will not accept stories or poems that have been previously published in any form, including on your personal or professional website, or blog.

Welcome to the Pikes Peak Writers Proposal Portal!

 We're  always looking for new speakers for Pikes Peak Writers Conference and  our non-conference events, such as Write Brains and half-day  programming. We want your writing related workshops and panels on topics  like business, craft, genre, the writing life, marketing, and whatever  else you think writers might find valuable.

We prefer that you present a minimum of three workshops and are always open to more ideas than that.

We look forward to seeing your proposals!

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