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Dark Wisdom is a full-sized, quarterly print magazine with a full color, glossy cover and 66 interior pages. We publish quality dark fiction. This covers a broad range of genres, including horror, dark fantasy (not sword and sorcery), and dark science fiction. We also publish Lovecraftian tales, but we prefer them to be original not a pastiche.

The important ingredient for publication in Dark Wisdom is originality, and well-written stories of dark fiction that examine the human condition. Stories can be set in any time period or location. Futuristic science fiction set in space or historical fiction stories are acceptable, so long as they appropriate for the magazine's style. We are not interested in explicit violence, sex or bloodshed used simply to shock the reader. If you're unsure of what we like, review a copy before submitting. All stories submitted must be well written and within the word count. Dark Wisdom considers reprints, but please query first. Dark Wisdom does not accept simultaneous submissions.

Short Fiction
We prefer stories of 5,000 words or less. However, we are open to larger words providing they are well done and deserve the increased size. Please query for stories over 5,000 words before submitting. We also consider "flash" fiction and short shorts. At the present, Dark Wisdom is not accepting serial or novella length works. We purchase First North American Publication Rights. Payment for fiction is 5 cents (U.S.) per word, with a maximum of $250.00. Payment is made by check or PayPal upon publication. 1 contributor's copy is included as well.

We accept innovative poetry with a Dark flair. We desire insightful works that spark emotion and imagination in 150 words or less. We purchase First North American Publication Rights, and sometimes first electronic rights. Payment for poetry is 5 cents a word, minimum $5.00.

Dark Wisdom accepts color cover art, and B&W line art, photograph and grayscale works for the magazine's interior. We are interested in anything that is appropriate to the magazine's style. We also contract work, so please feel free to submit samples. Do not submit originals. High quality photocopies or electronic submissions are fine. Do not submit files over 1MB in length without querying first. We purchase First North American Publication Rights, and sometimes first electronic rights. Payment is $100.00 (U.S.) for the cover and $5.00 to $25.00 (U.S.) for interior art.

Non-Fiction Articles

Our interest in non-fiction submissions is mainly reviews for fiction books, gaming products, films, computers games, and music. We prefer reviews related to the topics of the magazine. Reviews need to be concise and well written, entertaining and insightful while remaining under 1500 words. The ideal review is 500 words. We purchase First North American Publication Rights. Payment rates vary depending upon the type of review, ranging from 1 to 3 cents per word.

Strange Happenings
Strange Happenings is a regular feature in Dark Wisdom that deals with factual events that are of interest to readers of dark fiction. This column explores unusual events in nature, such as the beaching of whales, scientific discoveries, information about new and potentially dangerous viruses, inexplicable weather phenomena, and anything unexplainable and strange that happens in our world. Articles should be well researched, concise, detailed, and focused, with a word count of 5000 words or less. We purchase First North American Publication Rights. Payment ranges from 3 cents to 5 cents (U.S.) per word, depending on the complexity of research for the article.

Payment is made at the time of publication by check or PayPal. Additionally 1 contributor's copy is given in payment. Additional copies may be purchased at a 50% discount.

Response Time
While we strive for a fast response time, it is presently running about 16 weeks. Hopefully this will be improved in the future. A number of associate editors have been added to the staff recently. This should improve our response time.

Send all queries to: queries@darkwisdom.com

Electronic Submissions
We accept text submissions in Word format or RTF. JPGs or TIFFs (preferred) can be submitted electronically. Do not send files over 1 MB without contacting us first.

E-mail submissions to: submissions@darkwisdom.com

Mail Submissions
All mail submissions should include instructions for dealing with manuscripts and artwork if not accepted. If you wish it returned, include an SASE (with proper postage). If you wish it destroyed, clearly state such in a cover letter.

Mail submissions to:

Dark Wisdom
P.O. Box 389
Lake Orion, MI 48361-0389



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