Black Denim Lit
From the Editors
Black Denim Lit welcomes thoughtful writers, new and established. Without entering into a debate as to what qualifies as “literary,” we are looking for fiction up to 7,500 words that has unique and lasting artistic merit. We may consider novelettes up to 17,500 words on a case by case basis. Why “Black Denim”…? In work clothes, black denim is a less pretentious than khaki and more understated than blue jeans. This typifies the tone of writing style that appeals to us: grounded, approachable and unassuming. Don’t get us wrong–bring the grit, complexity, humor and strength. We look at a lot of genre work after all. But our tastes consider that “lasting artistic merit” can emerge from almost anywhere. Does the denim reference imply that we are looking for only “American” stories? No. The work we love comes from all over the world–Afghanistan, India, France, Korea, China, Australia and so on, written by students, graduates, academicians and working-class folk. They are all writers, meaning they write out of pure love for the art form. It shows. We’re open for submissions through Submittable.
Black Denim Lit welcomes thoughtful writers, new and established. We are open to Genre fiction but favor “General”, “Sci-Fi” and “Fantasy”… It’s possible that we might also publish: Action/adventure, Western Mystery, Crime, Suspense or Thriller …but not erotica nor horror We strongly favor “literary” style. Most “subjects” are OK, but avoid the over-used. This all should be: Prose (not poetry) Short story (under 7,500 words) Fiction (not letters, essays, journals or other non-fiction) Finished work (not writing exercise or workshop detritus or proposals) We may consider novelettes up to 17,500 words on a case by case basis. Without entering into a debate as to what qualifies as “literary,” we are looking for stories that have unique and lasting artistic merit.
The next issue will be released on the 15th of the month
Editors Name Christopher T Garry; Kathleen Bunning; SG Saark
Print publication? Yes
Circulation First print issue is Fall, 2014
Do you take online submissions? Yes
Submission Guidelines URL
Approx. Response Time? http://www.bdlit.com/submissions.html
How often do you publish? Online: 12/yr; Print anthology: twice annual (first is Fall, 2014)
Year Founded? 2014
Do you pay? Yes, Token payment of $5 for online; Print authors get a free copy.