Size limit: 99-999 words
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)
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.
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).
All authors will receive $20 payable on initial publication, plus 1 free copy of all print editions their work appears in. In addition, authors will get a 3-month subscription to DarkFuse Magazine.
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).
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.