Submissions

We are temporarily
closed to submissions.


If you’ve ever finished reading a story and thought, “Well, that was unusual,” then you’re only a block away from Black Dandy. In this corner of the neighbourhood, we’re looking for literary fiction that grips readers with vivid characters under unusual pressures. Bizarre, dreamy, unsettling.

Although we like a slow burn, we want stories to intrigue us from the start. Set the tone early, even if the story’s unusual nature takes time to unfold. Magic realism and surrealism are compass points. Perhaps your most compelling character is a place, a meadow, a stretch of road in the middle of nowhere. Or perhaps your characters believe that all is normal while the world around them spins out of control—how do they go about their affairs in such a world? Your story will leave us feeling jarred, shaken by the collision of the familiar and unfamiliar.

As a literary journal, we are not a traditional horror or fantasy market, but we are open to stories where beautifully realised characters may find themselves in horrific or fantastic situations. In other words, no demons, dragons, or fanged beasts.

Fiction we can’t forget:

Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Witi Ihimaera
Rene’s Flesh, Virgilio Piñera
Already Dead, Denis Johnson
Mrs God, Peter Straub
Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
Maldoror, Comte de Lautréamont
Shoeless Joe, W.P. Kinsella
Encounters, Juan Garcia Ponce
The Master & Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov


Black Dandy pays $0.03 (NZD) per word for stories between 2,500 and 7,000 words. Our turnaround time for decisions is from one to three months. We pay contributors via Paypal or Amazon Gift certificate. We offer no other payment options.

Submit manuscripts to submissions@blackdandy.co in Word or RTF format, using some variation of a standard manuscript format. In the body of your email, tell us a bit about yourself.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, or reprints (unless requested). We do not accept flash fiction unless we solicit it or it’s from a contributor we know. 2,500 words is our preferred minimum.

Author’s rights: Use of the author’s work by Black Dandy entails the assignment of first world English rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world. Black Dandy may use the author’s work only in the above-mentioned publication—both paperback and electronic editions—and re-printings of it. The author shall retain all other rights to his or her work not specified here.

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