Currently, DarkFuse is only accepting unsolicited manuscripts for its online magazine.

If you've been published by DarkFuse, please contact your editor if you have a manuscript you're shopping.

http://www.darkfusemagazine.com
Editor: Shane Staley

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS. NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS.

DarkFuse Magazine is an online publication now live and taking submissions for its featured fiction series.  Here's what we're looking for:

Original Fiction: Horror, thriller, suspense, crime, sci-fi, bizarre—anything that is horror-based.  Original, never-before-published stories.  No period pieces (settings should take place in modern times). 1K-2K words paid. Will publish longer stories, but maximum payout is to 2k words. Please don't submit stories longer than 15k.

Payment: 5 cents per word up to 2k words.

Rights Taken: One-time web publication rights.  Two year exclusive agreement before submitting to another market. Non-exclusive archive rights for the life of the online magazine. First anthology rights in English as stories accepted in the magazine will also be up for inclusion in the DarkFuse anthology series (not guaranteed). All other rights revert to the author on publication.

Response Time: 6 months or less.

For New & Mid-list Authors: This magazine is a paying market with a major focus on exposure through distribution and paid marketing and promotions of its content. DarkFuse editors use submissions to scout talent for the company's main focus and revenue stream which is its digital and physical book lines. Second-chance offers may be extended to 5% of submissions not chosen for the featured story slots. Second chance offers are for high quality fiction that our editors thought narrowly missed the cut, but would still appeal to our readership. DarkBorne Muses is an ongoing series that introduces new authors to DarkFuse's readership. If authors are offered a second-chance offer, different payment structures will be offered and they may accept or decline this offer.

For Established & Professional Authors: This magazine offers professional rates and a growing readership. Payment greater than 5 cents per word may be offered if your work is solicited.
GoreWars is an online micro-fiction gross-out contest hosted by DarkFuse.

Guidelines / How It Works:

  • You will have 50 words to disgust our judges/readers.
  • Must be original content (never before published in full or in part (excerpts extracted from longer works).
  • Stories must be submitted online during the call-out periods (follow @darkfuse on Twitter or sign up for our newsletter for dates of the call-out and official tournament).  
  • DarkFuse editors and Readers' Group will choose the top 16 seeds to duel in an online tournament.
  • Stories will be judged on a combination of the following: a) originality, b) gross-out factor, and c) humor.
  • If author is chosen to compete, author must be prepared to submit up to 4 stories in the tournament (first round, semifinals, quarterfinals + championship).
  • Original stories used in call-out contest may be used in tournament.
  • GoreWars is subscription-based accessed due to some graphic content.

Rights:

  • Authors retain all rights to their work.
  • By submitting, you give DarkFuse permission to publish your gross-out micro-fiction online in the contest only, archived on the DarkFuse Magazine site.

Prizes:

Winner of the tournament will receive:

  • $100 via Paypal (or shop credit)
  • $100 worth of advertising space at DarkFuse Magazine
  • a lifetime subscription to DarkFuse Magazine (worth $129.99)
  • $200 worth of free DarkFuse titles (paperback or limited HC)

The tournament runner-up will receive:

  • $50 via Paypal (or shop credit)
  • $50 worth of advertising space at DarkFuse Magazine
  • a one-year subscription to DarkFuse Magazine (worth $59.88)
  • $100 worth of free DarkFuse titles (paperback or limited HC)
http://www.darkfusemagazine.com
Editor: Shane Staley

DarkFuse Magazine's The Vault Series focuses on reprinting currently uncollected works that are no longer available on the market (including the web). Many authors have published short fiction in limited editions or in print magazines no longer in circulation. The Vault's focus is to get this fiction back in front of readers and DarkFuse Magazine is one of the leading online publications with currently more than 5,000 registered members (1200+ paid subscribers). 

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS. NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS.

Original Fiction: Horror only. Reprint stories.  1500-3500 words.

Payment: DarkFuse does not pay for reprinted work. However, accepted authors will get a 1-year subscription to the online magazine (worth $59.88) + Ad spot (worth $50) for the author to promote his or her personal website or work available at Amazon.com or other retailers (no competing publishers please).

Rights Taken: One-time web publication rights.  One year exclusive agreement before submitting to another market. Non-exclusive archive rights for the life of the online magazine.  All other rights revert to the author on publication.

Response Time: 6 months or less.

FAQ:

Q: Can you let me know if my story qualifies?
A: If your story can be read in an eBook at Amazon or other retailers (as part of a collection or as a standalone story) or can be read on a website, we will not feature it in The Vault.  The Vault's purpose is to bring back great stories that are now out of print and no longer accessible to horror readers.

Size limit: 99-999 words

Acquisitions Editor: Shane Staley
 
DarkFuse is now accepting original micro-fiction (flash fiction) for its website DarkFuse Magazine (for its Horror d'oeuvres series) and its DarkFuse anthology series published under the same name. Before submitting, please make sure your work fits ALL of the following criteria:
 
(1) Manuscript must be between 99 and 999 words
(2) Story is dark fiction (dark element to the plot).  Thriller, horror, suspense, crime, bizarre.
(3) Fiction is original, never before published in any form
(4) Manuscript is not submitted (or will be submitted) elsewhere during our review process
(5) No multiple submissions in each category (only one flash fiction story at a time)
 
Rights
If accepted, DarkFuse acquires non-exclusive lifetime rights for web (each story will be archived for the life of the site) and first worldwide anthology rights for both print and eBook. DarkFuse does not take any film rights or other media. Year's Best Anthologies are excluded from these rights, meaning that if your work would be accepted in the major year's best anthos (edited by Ellen Datlow, Stephen Jones, etc.), then it would be free to be reprinted in those specific publications.
 
Publication
The initial publication will be online at DarkFuse Magazine.  This website is a subscriber-based / members-only site, so your work will not be accessible to the general public—only to paid subscribers).  DarkFuse will also be publishing stories in its DarkFuse anthology series to be published in eBook & trade hardcover (featuring some of the stories published online).
 
Payment
All authors will receive 5 cents per word payable on initial publication, plus 1 free copy of all print editions their work appears in.  In addition, authors will get a complimentary lifetime subscription to DarkFuse Magazine.
 
Response Time
You will receive our decision within 6 months of submission. Responses will be sent via e-mail form letter (we do not have the staff to provide a critiquing service).
 
Tips
DarkFuse is best known for its quality fiction. This isn't the easiest market to break into, so please bring your best work.
 
Always provide us with a clean, well-formatted manuscript with your name, address and other standard information on the cover page or header.
 
The fiction is always our top priority, but during our final cuts we also look for authors who know how to market their work. Having a clean, informative author website will have a positive effect on final decisions. Also, providing an interesting marketing synopsis will go a long way.