Before we tell you what to submit, we’d like to tell you what we want Dark Wood to be. Of course we want to publish great stories, poems, essays, photo essays, video, audio; but we’re also hoping Dark Wood will be a place where contributors can experiment with genre, have a little fun, be flexible. How you respond to that is up to you. Are you a poet who knows nothing about wine, but is dying to write a column about it? Sorry, you’re out of luck--we already have a column like that. But if you have another idea--a horoscope column, a history of your mother’s life in 100 objects, whatever--send it along. If you’re writing serious books about the end of civilization, and don’t want to ruin, you should pardon the expression, “your brand,” give yourself a pseudonym. It’s been done before.
The theme of our next issue will be The Missing Ingredient. Again, how you interpret that is up to you. The issue is coming out in the fall and submissions are open now. The deadline is September 15th. We take simultaneous submissions; just let us know if you have been accepted elsewhere.
Right now we’re looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photo essays, video, audio, cartoons, and ideas for columns. When you submit, identify your genre in the subject line. Write a brief cover letter and attach your submission in the form of a word document. Graphics and photographs should be submitted in jpg files and audio in Mp3 files. If you have an idea for a column, attach a sample. No reviews or criticism please (unless you are reviewing imaginary books--would love to see that!). Send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photograph of Thamara deSvirsky by Otto Sarony, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library