Anything Over 17,500 Words, including Novels
We occasionally consider material over 7,500 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.
When the submittable category is open, this means that only query letters are being accepting for anything over 7,500 words.
You can see the diagram to understand the book press efforts. The press is the larger entity under which we make the magazine and stand-alone books and other publications. We divide the publishing so that Black Denim Press serves as Publisher, Distributor and Editor of Books and Magazines -- print and eBooks. Therefore:
Submit Query Letter and Sample Chapters
When we are open for Query Letters for material over 7,500 words, the content we favor is "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.
Note well, that this would NOT be published among other online stories. Instead it would be as a stand-alone print and/or eBook.
Format of the Query Letter
There are many handy guides available to the public for how to format winning query letters.
Format of The Sample Chapters
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:
Your sample chapters should add up to no more than 5,000 words.
Before you Submit
Make sure you check the Things to Avoid page for factors that cause quick rejections.
Check to see if we're open for query letters through Submittable.