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Dark Energy Speculative Fiction

Publisher: Jerry J. Davis

Established: 2003

Frequency: Continuously

Accepts Email Submissions: Yes

Website URL:

Description: Dark Energy Speculative Fiction is a website dedicated to publishing unknown or little-known talent.

Editor(s): The Editor

Masthead URL: Click here for the masthead webpage.


Phone: None

Fax: None

Guidelines URL: Click here for writer's guidelines information.

Address: N/A


Rights: We are seeking web-publishing rights only, and will reassign to author upon request. You are free to continue marketing your story as you see fit.

All stories will appear with a copyright notice attributed to the author. The author retains t

Needs: Anything that makes us go, "Wow! That was good!" Speculative fiction is a wide and open genre, which includes a bit of horror, and a bit of supernatural. We're even willing to look at mainstream fiction as long as it has a strange feel to it. This is a good place to try that odd story that doesn't seem to fit in any particular "box."

As to story length, keep in mind that your readers will be reading your stories online. The fact is, not many people enjoy reading a long manuscript on a computer screen. Anything 10,000 words and above will be stretching it, but if you feel you have something we must see, despite the length, go ahead and submit it.

We are not looking for reprints, but if you have a story that's only appeared somewhere for a short period of time, or was published in small press with limited circulation, we'll still consider it equally.

Length: Open, but prefer under 10000 words

Art/Photo Needs: None

Payment: Dark Energy Speculative Fiction is a market whose sole purpose is to award exposure to new and little-known talent. We pay a flat $10 fee for each story accepted, which we know isn't a whole lot, but it's better than a poke in the eye.

Also, each story will be presented with a PayPal donations button, so that readers may tip the writer directly. So, in a way, there is the possibility of more remuneration, but nothing is guaranteed. Dark Energy SF will not keep any of the donated money for expenses, etc. This publication is not out to make money. It's not even a goal. We only want to reward talent and entertain readers. Period.

How to Submit: Use standard manuscript formatting, and save the file in RTF format. Attach this file to an email and send it, with a brief note or cover letter, to:

This is important: Put the words "FICTION SUBMISSION" in the subject field. If you don't, we won't see it. The SPAM filter will have sent it directly to the trash. Also, make sure to include a current, working email address on your manuscript, because as soon as we download your story, your email will be deleted so as to save space on the mail server.

Thus: If you don't include your email address on the manuscript you will not hear back from us. This would be a shame especially if we decided we wanted to publish you.

When writing your cover letter, you don't have to address it to anyone in particular, as we have guest editors coming in from time to time to choose stories. "Dear Editor," will work perfectly.

Response Time: If you don't hear back in 33 days assume it's been lost and resubmit.

Tips for Writers: The stranger your story, the better.

Sample Copies/Subscription Information: See website:

This listing was lated updated on Nov-20-2004.

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