Submission Guidelines

To submit fiction

Dark Valentine is a quarterly journal of dark fiction.

We want:

Short stories in any genre so long as they fit under the overall heading of “dark.” Here are just a few genres we want to see: black humor, dark romance, urban fantasy, horror, mystery, SF, paranormal, dark fantasy, speculative, slipstream, surrealism, magical realism, lit fic, steampunk, splatterpunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk, and so forth. Surprise us with your take on a famous fairy tale or an urban legend.

Please send only one story at a time. We highly recommend downloading and reading the magazine before you submit any material. Back issues can be found on the “Issues” page.

  • Word count between 500-5,000.
  • Sex, violence, and profanity are fine as long as they serve the story.

What we don’t want:

  • Reprints
  • Simultaneous submissions
  • Fanfic or material based on another writer’s characters or world unless in public domain.
  • Incest, pedophilia, or hate-mongering.
  • Excess gore
  • Erotica
  • Stories over 5,000 words.
  • Stories in .docx format.
  • Poetry

Manuscript format

  • Do not justify the text; use standard left justified/ragged right.
  • Put only ONE space between sentences.
  • Do not use hard paragraph returns.
  • Do not tab in at the beginning of each paragraph; use Word’s first line indent function.
  • Proofread your manuscript.
  • Include your contact information on title page.

Submission

Email your story to: submissions@darkvalentine.net with the word “Submission‚” and your story title in the subject line.

Material can be sent as an attachment or cut and pasted into the body of the email.

Include your contact information: name, address, email, and phone number in the body of your email. Please allow up to eight weeks to receive a reply regarding your submission status.

Deadlines

  • August 6, 2010 (Autumn 2010 issue)
  • November 5, 2010 (Winter 2010 issue)
  • February 4, 2011 (Spring 2011 issue)
  • May 6, 2011 (Summer 2011 issue)

We reserve the right to close an issue to submissions before these deadlines if enough stories/art that meet our requirements have been accepted prior to the due date.

Pay

We pay $10 per story used in the magazine on publication. All payments will be processed through PayPal unless alternate arrangements have been made in advance.

All rights remain with the original artists, photographers, and writers for their contributed works.

To submit art

We commission art for each story published in our quarterly magazine. If you would like to be considered for an assignment, please contact us at submissions@darkvalentine.net with a link to your website, online portfolio, or other showcase of your art. We welcome any artistic medium, including photography.

All submitted art must be the artist’s original work.

We use both color and black and white art.

Sizes

  • Full page (bleed) is 8 x 10 inches (covers only).
  • Full page (non-bleed) is 6.8 x 9 inches.
  • Half-page vertical is 3.1875 x 8.4216 inches.
  • Half-page horizontal is 6.8 x 4.5 inches.
  • Quarter-page or spots should fit within 3.1875 x 4.2 inches.
  • Images for use on the website should be no wider than 7 inches.
  • Submit art at the above-listed dimensions at 72 dpi.

We pay $10 per illustration used in the magazine upon publication. All payments will be processed through PayPal unless alternate arrangements have been made in advance.

All rights remain with the original artists, photographers, and writers for their contributed works.

Disclaimer

  • Dark Valentine publishes works of fiction and does not claim rights to stories published on the site. Copyright remains with the author.
  • Unless otherwise credited, images posted on Dark Valentine are believed to be in public domain and used within the rights according to the U.S. Copyright Fair Use Act (title 17, U.S. Code.)
  • If you believe any content appearing on Dark Valentine infringes on your copyright, please let us know.