Dark Valentine 1

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About

Dark Valentine is a quarterly journal devoted entirely to dark fiction, which we define as any story in any genre that is disturbing, provocative, haunting, scary, dangerous, or any combination of those things. Think of classic stories like “The Mummy’s Paw,” “The Open Window,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Lady or the Tiger?” Think of Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,” William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” Harlan Ellison’ “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” J.D. Salinger’s “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” and Tanith Lee’s “Because Our Skins are Finer.” The world is a dangerous place, as full of shadows and moonlight as it is sun and blue sky. We want the stories that come from the dark places—words that sear and scar and bewitch and bedazzle. Words that are as dangerous to hear as they are to tell. Tell us a story.

Dark Valentine

Audience

Country of Publication

Unknown United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Closed

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.

Dates:
Rolling Submission Periods: Check cut-off dates.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
G GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Gothic, Magic Realism, Urban.
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Dark Fantasy, Retrofuturism.
H HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural.
M Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
R RomanceOpen to all/most Subgenres.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cyberpunk, Retrofuturism.
Styles:
Dark.
Topics:
Unknown
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction500 - 1,000 words.
Short Story1,000 - 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
T to S Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No UnknownText format submissions
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Dates

Last Updated:
04 Jun 2011
Date Added:
05 Oct 2010