Guidelines updated as of October 8, 2007.
Due to an overstock of material, Dark Wisdom Magazine is presently closed to submissions. All current submissions are now being considered as simultaneous submissions, which means that writers are free to submit the material to other markets while it is under consideration at Dark Wisdom , or withdraw it for publication in another market.
Dark Wisdom is a full-sized, quarterly print magazine with a full color, glossy cover and 76 interior pages. We publish quality dark fiction. This covers a broad range of genres, including horror, dark fantasy (not sword and sorcery), and dark science fiction. We also publish Lovecraftian tales, but we prefer them to be
original - not a pastiche.
The important ingredient for publication in Dark Wisdom is originality, and well-written stories of dark fiction that examine the human condition. Stories can be set in any time period or location. Futuristic science fiction set in space or historical fiction stories are acceptable, so long as they appropriate for the magazine's style. We are not interested in explicit violence, sex or bloodshed used simply to shock the reader. If you're unsure of what we like, review a copy before submitting. All stories submitted must be well written and within the word count. Dark Wisdom considers reprints, but please query first. Dark Wisdom does not accept simultaneous submissions.
We prefer stories of 5,000 words or less. However, we are open to larger words providing they are well done and deserve the increased size. Please query for stories over 5,000 words before submitting. We also consider "flash" fiction and short shorts. At the present, Dark Wisdom is not accepting serial or novella length works. We purchase First North American Publication Rights. Payment for fiction is 5 cents (U.S.) per
word. Payment is made by check or PayPal upon publication. 1 contributor's copy is included as well.
We accept innovative poetry with a dark flair. We desire insightful works that spark emotion and imagination in
250 words or less. We purchase First North American Publication Rights, and sometimes first electronic rights. Payment for poetry is 5 cents a word, minimum $5.00.
Dark Wisdom accepts color cover art, color interior art, B&W line art, photographs and grayscale works for the magazine's
interior -- color art is preferred. We are interested in anything that is appropriate to the magazine's style. We also contract work, so please feel free to submit samples. Do not submit originals. High quality photocopies or electronic submissions are fine. Do not submit files over 1MB in length without querying first. We purchase First North American Publication Rights, and sometimes first electronic rights. Payment is $100.00 (U.S.) for the cover and $5.00 to $25.00 (U.S.) for interior art.
Our interest in non-fiction submissions is mainly reviews for fiction books, gaming products, films, computers games, and music. We prefer reviews related to the topics of the magazine. Reviews need to be concise and well written, entertaining and insightful
while remaining around 500 words. We accept extended essay reviews of 1500
words, but please query the Reviews Editor first: firstname.lastname@example.org
We purchase First North American Publication Rights. Payment for
reviews is 5 cents (U.S.) per word.
Strange Happenings is a regular feature in Dark Wisdom that deals with factual events that are of interest to readers of dark fiction. This column explores unusual events in nature, such as the beaching of whales, scientific discoveries, information about new and potentially dangerous viruses, inexplicable weather phenomena, and anything unexplainable and strange that happens in our world. Articles should be well researched, concise, detailed, and focused, with a word count of
2000 words or less. We purchase First North American Publication Rights. Payment
is 5 cents (U.S.) per word.
Payment is made at the time of publication by check or PayPal. Additionally 1 contributor's copy is given in payment. Additional copies may be purchased at a 50% discount.
While we strive for a fast response time, it is presently running about
As of January 1st, 2007, Dark Wisdom magazine is using
reading periods. Our purpose is to provide better and quicker responses to
submissions. Any material already submitted to Dark Wisdom will
remain under consideration. All other material must be submitted during
reading periods. Submissions outside the reading periods will not be
considered. The reading periods are:
Feburary 1st - April 1st
September 1st - November 1st
Send all queries to: email@example.com
We accept text submissions in Word format or RTF. JPGs or TIFFs (preferred) can be submitted electronically. Do not send files over 1 MB without contacting us first.
Email fiction and non-fiction submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email fiction reviews to: email@example.com
Email entertainment reviews (film, music, games, etc.) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Include "REVIEWS" in the subject.)
All mail submissions should include instructions for dealing with manuscripts and artwork if not accepted. If you wish it returned, include an SASE (with proper postage). If you wish it destroyed, clearly state such in a cover letter.
Mail submissions to:
P.O. Box 389
Lake Orion, MI 48361-0389
Submitting to fiction magazines is always a challenging
endeavor. Because of limited space, many submissions must be rejected
-- not always due to the quality of the material. To improve the
chances of selling to the magazine, review the magazine. This is true
for all markets. Understanding what content Dark Wisdom
publishes or has published can only improve the chances of acceptance,
but not guarantee it. Like every magazine, Dark Wisdom has a
particular trend or style of fiction that its readers accept. This
means fiction or non-fiction that is typically beyond the focus of the
magazine is unlikely to be accepted. And while the advice of reading
the magazine before submitting is commonplace, it is still the best
advice to be given. Likewise, visiting the Dark Wisdom forums
may prove a useful resource; a link is provided on the Dark Wisdom homepage