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Black Denim Lit 173

About

Black Denim Lit welcomes thoughtful writers, new and established. Without entering into a debate as to what qualifies as "literary," we are looking for fiction that has unique and lasting artistic merit. Why "Black Denim"...? In work clothes, black denim is a less pretentious than khaki and more understated than blue jeans. This typifies the tone of writing style that appeals to us: grounded, approachable and unassuming. Don't get us wrong--bring the grit, complexity, humor and strength. We look at a lot of genre work after all. But our tastes consider that "lasting artistic merit" can emerge from almost anywhere. Does the denim reference imply that we are looking for only "American" stories? No. The work we love comes from all over the world--Afghanistan, India, France, Korea, China, Australia and so on, written by students, graduates, academicians and working-class folk. They are all writers, meaning they write out of pure love for the art form. It shows. Since 70% of our stories are 'Genre' note that what especially appeals to us is character-driven work with at least some sort of unusual element--crime, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.

Black Denim LitUnited States

Submission Periods

F Temporarily closed to fiction submissions. 
V Temporarily closed to visual art submissions. 

Genres

G GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
A Action-AdventureOpen to all/most Subgenres.
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
H HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
M Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
T Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres.
W WesternOpen to all/most Subgenres.
O Open to all/most Genres Excluding: Erotica.

Classifications

Audience:Open to a broad Audience, including: All nationalities.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics.
Visual Art Media:Open to all/most Art Media.
Visual Art Styles:Open to all/most Art Styles.

Types & Lengths

Flash Fiction Flash Fiction500 - 1,000 words
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words
Artwork Artwork 

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 12 x per year
P Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year

Payscale

We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionN No monetary payment
V Visual ArtN No monetary payment

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No OKText format submissions
V Visual Art OK No No OKImage format submissions

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Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.

Dates

Date Added:
21 Feb 2014
Last Updated:
23 Feb 2017