Submission Guidelines

DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts

2019 Guidelines

DoveTales, a publication of Writing for PeaceOur DoveTales journal is a manifestation of the Writing for Peace mission to promote writing that explores the many aspects of peace. One of our goals is to expose young writers to a diverse collection of thoughtful works by both established and emerging writers, as well as our Writing for Peace advisers.

Writing for Peace has published six beautiful print journals, but in 2019, DoveTales is going online. We will publish two issues per year, February 1st and August 1st.

August 1st, 2019 Edition:

The first online DoveTales will launch on August 1st, 2019, and will include our Young Writers Contest Winners. Our Guest Editor is Writing for Peace Adviser Patricia Jabbeh Wesley. The theme for the August edition is “One World, One People.” The reading period for this journal will open February 1st, 2019, and close on June 1st, 2019.

February 1st, 2020 Edition:

The second edition will be published on February 1st, 2020. Our guest editor is Writing for Peace Adviser Robert Kostuck. The theme is to be announced. Reading period will open  on August 1st, 2019, and  close on November 1st, 2019.

General Guidelines

  • We prefer previously unpublished work, but if you feel your published piece is especially relevant to our theme, and you own the rights to it, please give us all the particulars of its publishing history so we can be sure to properly credit the previous publisher.
  • Work must be submitted electronically through Submittable.  Please include a 50-word third-person biography, and make sure your contact information and mailing address are current.
  • We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Contributors maintain all rights to their work, but grant Writing for Peace the right to publish work in our online journal and a print anthology that may be published at a later date. For work that is particularly relevant that we aren’t able to publish in the smaller online journal, we may ask permission to publish the piece on our blog. Should the piece be re-published in another journal, we would be grateful for a mention.

Fiction and Nonfiction:

We consider short fiction and personal essays with a unique voice. We do not accept genre fiction. We welcome flash fiction, nonfiction, and lyric essays, as well as translations, with the author’s permission (if applicable). Though the guidelines can be flexible for extraordinary work, published short stories and essays should not exceed 20 manuscript pages. Please submit one story or essay at a time.


We consider poetry of any style. Please limit poetry submissions to no more than three poems per issue.


We welcome theme-appropriate interviews with activists and writers who add a unique approach or voice to the conversation. Please send queries to with “DoveTales Query” in the subject heading.

Art and Photography:

We welcome your art and photography submissions. Please submit them in jpeg format through the link below, and include a short cover letter describing why you feel your images are suitable for the DoveTales theme.

Submit work here:



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7 Responses to Submission Guidelines

  1. Rajib Aditya says:

    When you say “Family and Cultural Identity”, do you mean that both these themes must be explored in the writing? Or can it be about just one of these as well?

  2. Joan Leotta says:

    May we submit previously published as well as unpublished?

  3. Could you further clarify what you mean by “Empathy in Art”? Do you expect us to use art forms to discuss the topic of the other?

  4. Can we talk about our own experiences? And is there a limit of words? Oh and can we use art to demonstrate an idea maybe?

    • admin says:

      Thanks for your question, Nawal! Yes, you are welcome to write about your own experience in the nonfiction division. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept art for the your writers contest, but you are welcome to submit it for consideration to DoveTales, an International Journal of the Arts. You’ll find the submission guidelines above. Good luck!

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