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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Dark Fire webzine for horror readers and writers

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Dark Fire is a webzine for horror readers and writers, with new stories published on a rolling basis.

Have you written a little something that you think might find a home here? Please read these guidelines, then send send SEND!

We're interested in HORROR and DARK FANTASY fiction. You know the sort of thing these headings cover – of course you do. Make it scary, creepy, deadly. If you want dragons and elves, fine, but make sure they do terrifying things, or are terrified of something else. Humour is fine, monsters, serial killers – we'll give any of these good old stereotypes a chance if you think they're worth sending in. But remember: atmosphere is important, plot is more important.

Now the bad news. We do not currently pay for stories, articles or artwork. One day we may find some money to pay for feature stories and articles, but until then, you just get the glory of seeing your work on screen and sending the link to all your family and friends. Oh, and mentioning it to bigger badder editors so they can come and see what a star you are.

What Dark Fire wants:

Fiction of less than 5000 words

Artwork for the home page of each issue would also be welcome: images of no more than 5Mb, no erotica, thanks. Send to the address above...

Articles or Reviews are also welcome. Do you have something to say that our readers would be interested in? Let us know! Are you an author with a stunningly wonderful book you want to publicise? Let us know! But do make a bit of an effort by telling us a bit about yourself and/or the book, rather than just sending us a link to Amazon. We won't do much with that. How about sending us a copy (in electronic format) to review? Please follow the guidelines below for article/review format and submission.

Not welcome: erotica or violence without a supporting plot, fan fiction (use your own characters!), plagiarism. Any author found to be plagiarising another's work will have any fiction, etc. removed from the site immediately.

Don't forget: to tell us your name, story title, word count in the email as well as on the manuscript. If it's a reprint, let us know, because we'd like to mention where it was originally published just to give everyone their dues. If you want to add a short bio (a few sentences) please do, and if you want us to link to your other work online, we'll be happy to. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please do let us know if you've placed the story elsewhere.

Format: We prefer attached submissions in Word or RTF format, however, if you prefer, you can send the story as text within the body of an email. Please put "submission" in the subject line of the email. Please double space paragraph breaks, and do not indent new paragraphs. That's all really. Either US or UK spellings are accepted. A readable font would also be appreciated. PLEASE proofread your work before sending it to us – while we don't mind doing a bit of error-fixing, we do generally have more important things to do!

We will: acknowledge your submission has arrived, then reply to you hopefully within a month at most, and if we don't think your story's suitable, we'll tell you why. If you haven't heard from us after a month, do email and ask us what's going on – if you haven't received an acknowledgement that your story has arrived, for example, then it's likely it has jumped straight to our spam folder.

Rights: If it's the story's first outing on the net, we'll get non-exclusive First Electronic (World Wide Web) Publishing Rights, and your story will be considered a reprint as far as internet publishing is concerned. Otherwise we get non-exclusive One-time Electronic (World Wide Web) Publishing Rights, which revert back to you as soon as it has been published. Copyright remains yours at all times. If you want us to remove a story from our archive, let us know!

· Please read the Guidelines

· Be original

· Be nice (to the editors)

· One story at a time please

· Sorry – NO poetry

· ... give us nightmares!

Submit via email to our editors...

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