Grimdark Magazine’s 2019 open window for submissions between 1st of November and the 14th of November has begun.
I am looking for grimdark SFF fiction of up to 4,000 words for previously unpublished stories and up to 10,000 words for re-prints. I won’t be interested in anything over these word limits. I also won’t be interested in anything with grimdark “flavours” or “elements”. I’ll want your best grimdark stories in all their gritty glory. Anything not meeting expectations here will get an auto-rejection–please don’t send stories that are outside our ballpark.
We are also now no longer taking serial submissions.
Our definition of “grimdark” is simply a grim story told in a dark world by a morally grey protagonist. Anti-heroes, antagonists turned protagonists, doing wrong for the right reasons or right for the wrong reasons, showing that evil is a matter of perspective—this is what I’ll be after to sell to our readers. As an SFF publication, we also prefer either medieval fantasy settings or near-to-far future SF settings. Urban fantasy is generally a hard sell.
I encourage submissions from authors from the underrepresented elements of human society. Yours, after all, are some of the most unique stories out there.
In previous open windows most submitters could expect feedback on their story from a GdM team member upon rejection. That will not be the case for this window. Only the stories shortlisted but not selected for publication will receive feedback on why they were not selected. This is to help GdM get through the submissions more efficiently than in previous years.
I hope to purchase between 4-6 original stories and 6-10 reprints. Stories that are purchased will likely be published in 2020.
For more in-depth detail on rights and submission, please refer to our submissions page.
Can’t wait to see what you lot come up with.