Written by Ella Peary March 26th, 2020

Dark Sire: Now Seeking Submissions

A new online and print quarterly of fantasy, gothic horror, and psychological realism, Dark Sire is seeking poetry and short fiction for their fourth issue. Dark Sire doesn’t shy away from taboo topics; instead, they actively promote uncensored dark writing by both emerging and established authors. To get a sense of their style, you can download Dark Sire as a PDF online.

Dark Sire is published four times a year online and in print. So far, they’ve published two editions, and their third issue is forthcoming in April. Each volume contains about 100 pages of work by around ten contributors.  They are now reading work on the theme ‘Dark Summer’.

Each edition of Dark Sire celebrates the work of influential authors and pairs new writing with landmark pieces by literary masters. For example, their upcoming publication will showcase the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allen Poe, Ann Rice, and Stephen King.

Poets may submit up to two pages of poetry. Authors of fiction may submit up to 5,000 words. Dark Sire accepts flash fiction.

Submitting authors should take care to follow formatting guidelines exactly. Submissions that do not adhere to Dark Sire’s formatting guidelines will not be read. Authors may send up to five submissions per quarter. Dark Sire does not accept previously published work.

Dark Sire does not respond to all submissions. They do not send rejection letters; they only respond to accepted submissions. Submitting authors who haven’t heard back from them within six months should assume their submission was not accepted.

Dark Sire accepts submissions using a two-step process: first, submitting authors fill out a form on Dark Sire’s submission page. Then, authors email their writing as a PDF attachment.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Dark Sire, please visit their website here

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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