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Murky Depths 15

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Murky Depths is rocking the speculative fiction world with its confounding mix of art and literature in a graphic-novel-style package. Within the glossy laminated cover are top quality speculative fiction stories with sprinklings of horror and fantasy that push the boundaries of science fiction. Each story is complimented with its own unique artwork. Cutting edge graphic stories, articles across the genres, interviews, and mixed disciplines add authority, humour and maybe a little controversy. Can you afford to pass on this?
FICTION: We are looking for stories (and poems) of dark speculative fiction. This includes elements of science fiction (not so much pure science or space opera), fantasy (fantastic as opposed to sword and sorcery) and horror (less gore, more fear), or any combination, that stand out from the norm; something a little different or something familiar with a different slant that someone who doesn't necessarily like any of the above genres might enjoy. Within those genres we don't mind alternative histories, crime and humour, so long as the latter works well. We like to see the darker side of humanity exposed with candor and honesty, but this needs to be balanced with an underlying faith in human nature - naivety if you like.
POETRY: We mainly take short stories but will accept poems (preferably narrative rather than lyrical) if they tell a story within the above genres.

Murky DepthsUnited Kingdom


F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Urban Fantasy, excluding Shapeshifter, Sword & Sorcery, Vampire.
H HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Psychological, excluding Extreme Horror, Shapeshifter, Vampire.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, excluding Space Opera.


Poetry Forms:Narrative poetry.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Dark.

Types & Lengths

Poem Poem up to 50 lines
Flash Fiction Flash Fiction500 - 1,000 words
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionT Token payment (under 1 US cent per word)
P PoetryT Token payment (under US$5 per poem)

Submission Types

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  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No UnknownText format submissions
P Poetry OK No No UnknownText format submissions

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Date Added:
23 Oct 2006
Last Updated:
26 Oct 2011