Submission Guidelines

DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts

2018 Guidelines

DoveTales, a publication of Writing for Peace

Our 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.

DoveTales also features works by the winners of our annual Young Writer Competition. The journal will be released on August 1, 2018. There is no fee for submission, but please read our guidelines carefully.

Theme: The theme of our 2018 issue of DoveTales is Empathy in Art: Embracing the Other. As in our previous issues, we encourage contributors to take a broad view of the definitions of “empathy,” “art,” and “other” within the context of peace.

  • The reading period begins October 1st, 2017, and ends March 15th, 2018, for a publication date of August 1, 2018
  • We prefer previously unpublished work, but if you feel your published piece is especially relevant to our theme, and you own the rights to it, please give us all the particulars of its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 has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Contributors maintain all rights to their work, but grant Writing for Peace the right to publish work in both hard copy and e-book formats. Contributors will receive one complimentary hard copy of the journal. Should the piece be re-published later, we would be grateful for a mention.

Past themes include Occupied (2013), Contrast (2014), Nature (2015), Family and Cultural Identity (2016), and Refugees and the Displaced (2017).

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.

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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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