We Are Looking For

Words that ring true, that speak of our oneness, that shimmer like stardust and inspire transformation. Words that remind us of what we’ve always been but might have forgotten—what we’re capable of feeling, what we’re not afraid to experience, and what we already know. Words that take us to the root of what is happening and allow us to grow within the process. Words that help us find Nature in the balance and deepen our understanding of the Shift toward greater awareness and acceptance of ourselves and each other. Words that encourage us to stretch and shed what no longer fits. Words that move us away from complacency, igniting our curiosity and arousing awe. Words that speak to the mystery of life—that invite us into the questions without needing to have all the answers. Words that turn the lull of white noise into resounding, splendorous melody. Words that lead us to what lies between, beyond, and around.

We are particularly fond of metamorphic (NON)FICTION that awakens and uplifts, POETRY and other lyrical works to take us to new depths, and TALES OF WONDER for the child within us all.

Be sure to check out the genre-links and guidelines before submitting your work. These guidelines/questions for self-reflection may seem a bit unusual; however, they reflect our desire to produce works that elevate the reader’s experience and deepen their understanding of the ALL of life—tapping into as many senses and sensations as possible in the process.

We are a small press devoted to our authors. As such, we must be selective in our process. We do believe that everyone has a story to tell and every voice deserves to be heard, so even if Merry Dissonance Press is not the right press for you, we invite you to Contact Us and we will do our best to guide you in the right direction.

(NON)FICTION

Submission Guidelines / Questions for Self-Reflection:

  • Does your work address our common humanity?
  • Does your work encourage the reader to live authentically?
  • Does your work inspire readers to grow into a better understanding of themselves and others?
  • Does your work foster creativity, laughter, fun, pleasure, gratitude, and/or celebration?
  • Does your work invite the reader to practice love, acceptance, compassion for self and others?
  • Does your work explore universal, age-old themes and bring those concepts into the here and now?
  • Does your work transport the reader to an “other” world, time, and/or dimension?
  • Is your work best enjoyed sitting by a fire with a warm cup of tea, java, or cocoa?
    OR
  • Is your work to be savored while lounging at the beach, in a grove of trees, on a mountaintop, or in a meadow?

(NON)FICTION

Submission Guidelines / Questions for Self-Reflection

  • Does your work address our common humanity?
  • Does your work encourage the reader to live authentically?
  • Does your work inspire readers to grow into a better understanding of themselves and others?
  • Does your work foster creativity, laughter, fun, pleasure, gratitude, and/or celebration?
  • Does your work invite the reader to practice love, acceptance, compassion for self and others?
  • Does your work explore universal, age-old themes and bring those concepts into the here and now?
  • Does your work transport the reader to an “other” world, time, and/or dimension?
  • Is your work best enjoyed sitting by a fire with a warm cup of tea, java, or cocoa?
    OR
  • Is your work to be savored while lounging at the beach, in a grove of trees, on a mountaintop, or in a meadow?

POETRY

Submission Guidelines / Questions for Self-Reflection:

  • Does your work produce goosebumps?
  • Does your work evoke strong emotions?
  • Does your work conjure imagery and recollection?
  • Is your work best enjoyed by candlelight, wrapped in a blanket?
  • Is your work raw, revealing your own vulnerability and authenticity?
  • Does your work reflect an evolutionary shift within yourself?
  • Does your work invite the reader’s own transformation?
  • Does your work paint a picture with carefully chosen words?
  • Does your work inspire the reader to view multiple perspectives?
  • Does your work convey universal truths that explore the human condition?
  • Does your work deliver a message that a reader unknown to you can respond to?

POETRY

Submission Guidelines / Questions for Self-Reflection

  • Does your work produce goosebumps?
  • Does your work evoke strong emotions?
  • Does your work conjure imagery and recollection?
  • Is your work best enjoyed by candlelight, wrapped in a blanket?
  • Is your work raw, revealing your own vulnerability and authenticity?
  • Does your work reflect an evolutionary shift within yourself?
  • Does your work invite the reader’s own transformation?
  • Does your work paint a picture with carefully chosen words?
  • Does your work inspire the reader to view multiple perspectives?
  • Does your work convey universal truths that explore the human condition?
  • Does your work deliver a message that a reader unknown to you can respond to?

TALES OF WONDER

Submission Guidelines / Questions for Self-Reflection:

  • Does your tale provide a sensory experience?
  • Does your tale speak to the child in each of us?
  • Does your tale crave to be shared, especially to be read aloud?
  • Does your tale encourage the reader’s inner sense of knowingness?
  • Does your tale invite the reader to explore the magic and mystery of life?
  • Does your tale take the reader to other realms—real or imaginary—
    past, present, or future?
  • Does your tale offer a glimpse into our changing reality and act as a bridge of understanding?
  • Does your tale provide an opportunity for the reader to have a deeper experience of the magic of being alive?

TALES OF WONDER

Submission Guidelines / Questions for Self-Reflection

  • Does your tale provide a sensory experience?
  • Does your tale speak to the child in each of us?
  • Does your tale crave to be shared, especially to be read aloud?
  • Does your tale encourage the reader’s inner sense of knowingness?
  • Does your tale invite the reader to explore the magic and mystery of life?
  • Does your tale take the reader to other realms–real or imaginary—past, present, or future?
  • Does your tale offer a glimpse into our changing reality and act as a bridge of understanding?
  • Does your tale provide an opportunity for the reader to have a deeper experience of the magic of being alive?