Dark Scribe Magazine is freelance friendly and welcomes outside submissions. We are committed to the quality of the material in our virtual magazine; the publication track record of our writers is of secondary interest. Our goal is to establish solid working relationships with our writers and the writing community at large. To that extent, we are endeavoring to offer competitive pay rates as defined by recognized professional writers associations (i.e. HWA, SFWA). As the creative forces behind the magazine are writers themselves, we have attempted to create submission criteria that are clear and concise, yet detailed enough to avoid ambiguity and wasted time.
Recognizing that time is money for both publisher and writer, we will respond to queries in as timely a manner as possible, which usually means within (30) days or less. Final decisions regarding queried submissions will be made within 30-45 days upon submission. Payment will be made to writers (or to a writer’s agent upon request) within (30) days of electronic publication.
Rights & Terms of Publication: Authors grant to Dark Scribe Press, LLC the exclusive right to publish and sell an electronic edition of the work(s) from its website for a period of (1) year from the date of first publication to the World Wide Web. Authors also grant to Dark Scribe Press, LLC non-exclusive electronic archival rights. It is also understood and agreed that Dark Scribe Press, LLC may only use this work in the online publication bearing the title “Dark Scribe Magazine” and that all rights not expressly granted herewithin reside exclusively with the author.
Kindly note that we are not interested in reprints at this time, nor are we interested in simultaneous submissions.
We are interested in interviews with authors, artists, editors, other notable professionals involved in some aspect of dark genre literature.
Tips: While standard profile pieces are acceptable in certain cases, we are looking for interviews with strong angles or themes. Be sure to convey the angle(s) or theme(s) of your proposed interview when pitching an idea to us.
Status: Currently accepting freelance submissions, but query first with proposals before submitting. State availability of photos.
Terms: $0.05 (five cents) per word up to maximum 3,000-word count; byline given w/ photo
Non-Fiction submissions must pertain to some aspect of dark genre literature. Examples of current interests include: publishing trends, collecting trends, reports on author and publishing events (awards programs, conventions, etc.), profiles of iconic figures in dark genre literature, comparative analyses between the works of different authors (both modern and classic), and essays pertaining to dark genre literature and related topics.
Tips: We are looking for engaging pieces that will be of interest to a broad cross-section of our readership – think literary but not academic.
Status: Currently accepting freelance submissions, but query first with proposals before submitting. State availability of photos or artwork.
Terms: $0.05 (five cents) per word up to 3,000-word maximum word count; byline given w/ photo
Book Reviews – horror, suspense, and thriller fiction and related non-fiction only, but will consider works of science fiction with a horror slant. Word count not as important as presenting a well-written, objective critical analysis of the work. Reviews should include positive and negative aspects of the work, written in professional language that focuses on the book rather than the cleverness of the reviewer. That said, we welcome well-integrated color, wit, and personal style. Our primary interest is in reviews of new, recent, and/or advance titles, however we have a secondary interest in catalog reviews of authors with multiple works.
Tips: If the review contains the words “I liked/disliked this book because…” chances are it will not be considered. Likewise, if the reviewer’s personal feelings about the author (the person – whether real or perceived) make it into the review, the review will subsequently not make it into our magazine.
Status: Currently accepting freelance submissions, but query first with name of title you’re interested in submitting.
Terms: $20 per review; byline given – no photo
Short Fiction Reviews – Dark Scribe Magazine wants to offer compact reviews of individual works of short fiction published in dark genre print journals, literary magazines, and established web-based publications. Reviews of short works of horror, suspense, and other dark genres should be succinct, critical analyses of works that are thoughtfully evaluated against short story criteria. Looking for reviews of short fiction published within the 6-month window preceding electronic publication date.
Tips: We’re devoting space in the magazine to spotlight the short fiction format. Short stories appearing in novel or novella-length books should be reviewed within the context of the anthology or collection in which they appear; see above for full-length book review submission guidelines.
Status: Currently accepting freelance submissions, but query first with name of short story you’re interested in reviewing. Kindly include the name of the publication in which the story appeared and the date of publication.
Terms: $10 per review; 300-word maximum; byline given – no photo
General Submission Guidelines for Dark Scribe Magazine:
► Send all queries to: DSPSubmissions(at)aol(dot)com.
► Please remember that first impressions count. Your original query is important. For some useful tips on submitting email queries and our preferred format, please follow the guidelines offered here. Queries with any kind of attachment will be deleted without being read.
► State availability of photos in your query for interviews and feature pieces. Writers who go the extra mile in securing images to accompany their own pieces will impress us. Lacking the manpower of mainstream publications, writers who make our jobs easier in this regard will be strongly favored for an encore appearance in our magazine.
► Once we have reviewed your query and responded indicating our interest in considering a submission, please adhere to the following format:
■ Send as Word attachments only – do not send submissions in body of email
■ Use Courier, 12-point font
■ Double space body of article
■ 5-space indent at beginning of new paragraphs
■ No manual page breaks
■ No extra spacing between paragraphs – the 5-space indent will tell us where a new paragraph begins
■ Use 1-inch margins – this includes top, bottom, left and right
■ Working title of article center on page – may be all caps, no quotations
■ No headers or footers
■ No page numbers
■ At the top of the first page in the left-hand corner, single-spaced, please include the following information:
City, State, Zip Code
Word Count (body of submission, excluding title)
► Photos and other images will be requested once an article has been accepted for publication. When sending these, only high-resolution jpeg attachments will be accepted. A separate Word file with well-written captions and any photo credits must be included.