Dragon Gems Submissions

Dragon Gems

We are currently closed for submissions to the Dragon Gems program, but plan to begin accepting submissions again in January 2023.

For information about the changes to our Dragon Gems short fiction program, please see our announcement, “Putting a New Shine on Dragon Gems”.

Dragon Gems is our publishing program for your short fiction when a novel just won’t do.

Depending on the length of your story, it might be:

  • published as a standalone story in digital format, and priced at a reasonable 99¢
  • selected to be included in one of our quarterly short story anthologies.

Regardless of the method of publication, your story or the anthology in which it is included will still receive the same promotional support as we provide for any of the books we publish, and be distributed through the same online distribution marketplaces.

Submission Requirements

Your story:

  • should be approximately 2,000 – 10,000 words in length.
  • should be fantasy or science fiction (or at least contain fantastical elements).
  • should not contain erotica, or excessive violence or gore.
  • can be part of an ongoing series you might be writing.
  • can have been previously published (with proof that you hold the current publishing rights).
  • may be submitted simultaneously to other markets (but please let us know when you submit your story).

Please submit only one story per submission and only one story per month.


Payment will be $0.02 per word + access to ten (10) digital contributor copies upon publication regardless of whether your story is published as a standalone story or included in one of our quarterly anthologies.

Manuscript Formats

Send us your complete, finished manuscripts in digital (.DOCX, .RTF, or .ODT) format to dragongems (at) waterdragonpublishing.com. Please use a standard manuscript format. If you’re not sure what one is, here’s a good source.

Include the following in your cover letter/email:

  • Title of your story
  • Your legal name
  • Your preferred name or pseudonym (if different from your legal name)
  • Your preferred email address
  • Story genre
  • Approximate word count
  • Synopsis

If you’re not sure if your story is something that we’d be interested in publishing, please feel free to query us at dragongems (at) waterdragonpublishing.com in advance of submitting your manuscript.

Contacting Us

Please check out our general Submissions FAQ if you have additional questions before contacting us.

Please don’t contact us about the status of your manuscript unless at least 90 days have passed since we acknowledged receiving it. If you did not receive a acknowledgement within seven business days of submitting your manuscript to us, then please feel free to contact us.