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Dark Passages Publishing

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Give us something nebulous, something gritty, something radical, compelling stories with intriguing characters and quality writing.

Whether it’s mystery, noir, hardboiled, psychological, thriller, pulp, or literary crime, Dark Passages Publishing is looking to promote strong voices and novellas that exceed expectations and surprise the reader in both context and form. Give us something nebulous, something gritty, something radical, compelling stories with intriguing characters and quality writing. We’re hungry for work that unsettles and thrills with language and twists.

Dark Passages Publishing is a world populated by psychopaths, sociopaths, misfits, and sundry fellow travelers ebbing and flowing in the common goals of “the big score,” “achieving total dominance,” and “righting wrongs.” We want a world whose narrators’ understanding of such things in direct contrast to the world at large, due to their own peculiar world views, is embedded in quest of their goals. Such a world has been covered by Jim Thompson and Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich. Think The Killer Inside Me, The Grifters, The Killing, and No Hope for Tomorrow.

Market Genres, Styles & Subjects

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
20000 to 35000 words

Market Submission Types
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Reprints?: No
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: Yes
Estimated Response: 84 days

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6 min | 30.00 mean avg | 30 median | 54 max days
50.00% - avg 54 days
50.00% - avg 6 days (0.00% of rejections are personal)
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Listing added: 19 September 2019

Last officially checked: 19 September 2019

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