Black Dandy



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
Maldoror, Comte de Lautréamont
Shoeless Joe, W.P. Kinsella
Encounters, Juan Garcia Ponce
The Master & Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov


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Market Genres, Styles & Subjects
Genres
Fantasy
General
Horror
Literary

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
Short Story
2500 to 7000 words
2 cents/word


Market Submission Types
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Reprints?: No
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: No

Market Response Data
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Accuracy:
There are 43 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
0 min | 83.17 mean avg | 93 median | 96 max days
Responded:
95.34%
Accepted:
6.97%
Rejected:
88.37% (21.05% of rejections are personal)
Rewrites:
-
Dead Letters:
4.65%
Lost/Returned:
-
Never Responded:
-
Withdrawn:
4.65%
Pending:
23 pending responses (55 min | 79 mean avg | 81 median | 121 max days waiting)
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