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Submission Guidelines

Submission Procedures

All submissions should follow proper manuscript format. Submissions should be emailed to Please attach all submissions in .doc or rtf format—we will not accept submissions embedded in the body of email. Include your bio in your cover letter.

Guidelines for Fiction

The Dark is an online magazine published monthly. We are seeking fiction 2,000 – 6,000 words.

What we publish:

• Horror

• Dark Fantasy

Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror. 

We will not consider multiple submissions. Submit once and wait for a response before sending anything else. We will not consider simultaneous submissions. 


We will not be accepting reprints at this time.


We pay 3 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on acceptance for First World Rights.

Response Times

Response times will vary depending on volume, but may average two days. Query after one month (include title and date submitted).


Submit an inquiry along with samples (preferably a link to an online gallery). We purchase pre-existing pieces of art and rarely commission original art for covers.