Story Content for the Magazine
Black Denim Lit welcomes thoughtful writers, new and established. We are open to Genre fiction but favor "General", "Sci-Fi" and "Fantasy"... It's possible that we might also publish:
We strongly favor "literary" style. Most "subjects" are OK, but avoid the over-used.
This all should be:
Without entering into a debate as to what qualifies as "literary," we are looking for stories that have unique and lasting artistic merit.
Anything Over 7,500 Words, including Novels
We consider novelettes up to 17,500 words on a case by case basis, if submitted in their entirety. Novelettes could either be serialized in the magazine or published as a separate title. Over 17,500 words would be published as a stand-alone volume.
This means that only query letters are being accepting for anything over 17,500 words.
For an idea of the art we're looking for please visit our Pinterest Art Page. Unfortunately we cannot pay for art at this time. Email us directly if you are interested.
We prefer Manuscript format. See a guide to Manuscript Format. Keep in mind that we favor material that can be read aloud (think Audio Book), so we're not interested in unique presentations that depend on particular white space or fonts. Highlights of this format include:
Before you Submit
Make sure you check the Things to Avoid page for factors that cause quick rejections.
Submission and Reply Process
Response times are based on recent activity. Since we've just re-opened on September 16 we have no (relevant) recent activity.
Your submission and reply process starts by using the Submittable website to create an electronic submission, where you will attach a file containing your work. Submissions through mail or email are not accepted. The automatic confirmation comes from Submittable and includes a link to the status of your submission. Acceptances and rejections are always personalized and will discuss the impressions of your submitted work.
Payment Is "Unpaid" (0 Cent Per Word)
As of January, 2016, Black Denim Lit offers no payment for any piece published online at www.bdlit.com:
We were closed for most of 2016 but have re-opened. We're open for submissions through Submittable.