General Submissions Guidelines

Vallum 20:1 Dreams vs. Nightmares

Where do dreams come from? Do nightmares stem from the same root source? What can be considered a dream or a nightmare? How do they figure in our lives, and how do we write about them poetically? Whether psychic or psychological, send us poems that speak to the theme of dreams & nightmares! Deadline: December 1, 2022. Details about the Vallum Art Prize (formerly known as the Vallum Cover Award) are available here.



Vallum does not accept fiction, plays, movie scripts, memoir, or creative non-fiction for publication. No unsolicited submissions of artwork or unsolicited chapbook manuscripts. To submit your manuscript to the Vallum Chapbook Award, please go  here. Essay and review submissions must follow MLA Style guidelines. Vallum acquires First North American Serial Rights.

Poetry: Up to 7 pages
Essay: 4-6 pages*
Interview : 3-5 pages*
Review : 1-3 pages*
Audio and video poems: Up to 3 files [Audio: MP3, Video: MP4, H.264 encoding, AAC LC audio format]

*We will only be accepting poetry for consideration for issue 20:1 “Dreams vs. Nightmares.”

Vallum is interested in original and previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as submissions are withdrawn from Submittable in a timely manner. If your work has been published in our most recent issue, please wait one issue before submitting again, at which point we will be happy to consider more of your work.

Vallum also accepts submissions of audio and video poems for possible inclusion in the digital edition. All files must be in MP3 or MPEG-4 file format and cannot exceed 95MB in size.

Submissions are accepted through Submittable only. Each submission requires a minimum $3 donation; any donation over $10 will be issued a charitable receipt. If this amount presents a barrier to your ability to submit, please contact for a fee waiver.

Please do not mail in submissions, do not include a submission in the body of an email, and do not send submissions outside of our designated reading periods, which are specified on our Submittable page. Thank you!

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The editors at Vallum strongly encourage Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers, LGBTQI2S+ writers, writers with mental or physical illnesses, and writers who are otherwise affected by structural inequality to submit their work for consideration.