The Dewdrop is a digest of reflective and thoughtful writing, loosely based on spiritual themes. Our content includes poetry and essays that draw on classic texts as well as the insight and brilliance of contemporary writers. Grounded in Zen Buddhism, this spiritually-focused platform is interested in every faith background as well as writers who don't identify with any formal faith tradition. Humanists, agnostics, scientists, atheists and Jedis are most warmly welcome, as we are always on the lookout for fresh talent.

The Dewdrop has launched a column of love stories and we are open for submissions.

We are looking for true stories, not fiction; pieces of creative non-fiction, personal essays about love in any form it manifests: marriage, friendship, parenthood, family ties, crushes, obsessions, break-ups, inspirations, divinity, heartbreak. As much as possible, we prefer that real names be used.

Submissions should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length, and we ask that all authors' and protagonists' names not be changed.

We are generally able to reply to submissions within 90 days. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please do let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

We cannot pay for published work at this time.

The Dewdrop has launched an exciting visual arts section called the Micro-Gallery, which will showcase the visual art work in a small, virtual exhibition staged online through the site.

Click here to see an example of a Micro Gallery: https://thedewdrop.org/2020/08/06/samia-singh-the-storms-within/ 

We are calling on all visual artists, photographers, sculptors and other creative souls to submit a body of work of up to 15 pieces to be exhibited at The Dewdrop's Micro-Gallery. The show will also feature a description of the origin of the work, its significance, or an artist's statement about their process or curatorial decisions.

Please submit a paragraph of max. 500 words explaining your work in this way.


Some schools of Zen Buddhism like to assign “Way-Seeking Mind” talks, an opportunity for students to reflect on their lives’ journeys and the various influence, people and events that have brought them to where they are today.

The Dewdrop invites writers to submit a lyrical essay of no more than 1000 words along these same lines. A lyrical essay combines the autobiographical information of a personal essay with the figurative language of poetry. In the lyrical essay, the rules of both prose and poetry become suggestions. The essay might reflect a longer journey or pivotal moment in your life, and we encourage you to be as creative as you can.

You could consider the following questions in relation to your life/spiritual trajectory:

What have been the main sources of your spiritual inspiration? Where have the threads of your human experience intersected with the mysterious, and has this led to transformation or inspiration? Which people in your life have had the strongest influence and how? Can you identify a pivotal moment that was a true game changer? Has there been a special book that rocked your world? An event that completely changed your perspective?

We are generally able to reply to submissions within 90 days. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please do let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

We cannot pay for published work at this time.

The Dewdrop is accepting any submissions of poetry from writers for the month of January 2022.
To get an idea of the kind of content we lean towards, have a read of our website.
We accept pre-published work, so long as republication is permitted.
Submitted poems can be of any length, and we accept up to three per submission.
We cannot offer compensation for published work at this time.

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