Vitamin Zzz seeks your short stories, poems, or personal essays about sleep and dreams

Writer's Guidelines for our new Vitamin Zzz section

vitamin zzz literary writing about sleep

Call for submissions for Vitamin Zzz

SLEEPYHEADCENTRAL seeks submissions for a special “VitaminZzz” series on the topic of “SLEEP” for publication at HTTP://

SHC is looking for creative writing on sleep health, sleep disorders, sleep deprivation, sleep habits, dreams… anything directly correlated with the biological process of sleep.

Specifically, SHC is looking for:

  • flash fiction (under 1000 words)
  • poetry (free verse, formal, prose poems)
  • personal essays (under 2000 words)
  • creative nonfiction (under 2000 words)

Only the highest quality literary writing should be submitted. This work is intended to be part of SHC’s provocative literary series devoted to a mainstream readership of people interested in sleep health. The content should come from people seeking sleep health information for themselves or their families, people suffering from unexplained or undiagnosed sleep problems, and caregivers concerned about the sleep problems of their charges.

SHC is especially interested in insights from either a healthcare worker’s or patient’s perspective. However, all perspectives are sought and welcomed: humorous, clinical, personal, spiritual, political, fantastic, familial, experimental.

At this time, SHC cannot pay but hopes to seek grant money in 2018 to fund the project.

Reading period: Work is reviewed on a rolling basis. No deadlines.

Each contributor’s work that is accepted and published will be arranged as a graphic panel rather than as a blog post in order to protect line breaks. The curator is open to other ideas on presentation.

You may wish to learn more about this project by visiting our Vitamin Zzz page.

How to submit your work for consideration

1. Please submit mss in body of email to with “VITAMINZZZ Submission” in the Subject line. No snail mail submissions, no attachments (firm).

2. Submit only 1 (1000-word+) prose submission at a time, or up to 5 poems or 2 flash prose pieces (totaling up to 1000 words) at a time.

3. Previously published work okay as long as you retain rights. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but SHC asks that you notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

4. In lieu of an author’s bio, please send a reference to where you live (i.e. John Smith lives in Pennsylvania, or John Smith lives in Reading, PA), any prior publishers of your submitted work that SHC will need to credit, and a 25-word personal statement about your relationship with sleep and/or dreams. Please see examples from the early series published in July 2017 for ideas for how to tackle this.

Please allow 3 months’ reply time after submitting work for SHC to process and reply to your submission. If accepted, your work will appear on a digital panel similar to the ones used in the July 2017 feature series; in this way, SHC can preserve line breaks for those works which use them. If your work is not accepted, we will let you know within 3 months.

These are complete guidelines. If you have other questions, please send them to with “VITAMINZZZ” in the Subject line. You may also wish to learn more about this project by visiting our Vitamin Zzz page.

Tamara Sellman, RPSGT CCSH and Curator/Editor
Your Sleep Health News & Information Clearinghouse

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