Taking Submissions: Grimdark

Deadline: January 14th, 2022
Payment: $10 for stories over 2k
Theme: A sub-genre of speculative fiction, brings readers dystopian, violent worlds with amoral or morally questionable protagonists.

OPEN NOW (See Theme: GRIMDARK for close details)

Word count : up to 3,000 words (10% leeway)
Author eligibility : Open to all
Reprints : Not allowed
Simultaneous Submissions : Not allowed
Multiple Submissions : TWO. Can be submitted at the same time in separate emails.
Maximum acceptances : ONE per pen name
Publication : In digital and print, launching 2022
Author compensation : One digital copy, plus print discounts, and $10 USD for all stories published over 2k (after edits)
Submit to : [email protected]

Grimdark, a sub-genre of speculative fiction, brings readers dystopian, violent worlds with amoral or morally questionable protagonists. The tone is always grim and dark—from whence the name comes—and valourises the protagonist’s struggles as they choose between good and evil.

Some reading examples;

  • A Song of Fire and Ice—George R.R. Martin
  • The Gaslight Dogs—Karin Lowachee
  • Certain Dark Things—Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Poppy War—R.K. Kuang
  • Lord Foul’s Bane—Stephen Donaldson
  • Gardens of the Moon—Steven Erikson
  • The Court of Broken Knives—Anna Smith Spark

Your characters might be human or speculative fiction—vampires, werewolves, androids, aliens, fae. Can include romance elements and comedy, but, as always, err on the very dark side.

Submit to : [email protected]


Via: Black Hare Press.

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