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Compelling Voices | Fearless Realities


Whether you consider them to be classic or neo noir, femme revenge, new voices, or something else entirely: the stories we aim to publish in Dark Yonder are all honest and insightful, written by creators driven to share their unflinching take on the world we live in today. Call our fiction bleak, or dark, or nihilistic. Call it brave, or gut-wrenching, or the inconvenient truth. Dark Yonder is a literary magazine that elevates the voices of those often overlooked in our society, giving readers a glimpse of other realities. 

For years, Yonder: Southern Cocktails & Brew in Hillsborough, NC, has hosted the Noir at the Bar reading series, which has spotlighted fiction authors from the area and beyond. Inspired by that spirit, each quarterly issue of Dark Yonder will feature eight short stories by best-selling and emerging authors, curated by Yonder co-owner and novelist Eryk Pruitt, and bestselling author Katy Munger of Thalia Press. Dark Yonder will be available in both journal and eBook format.

What We’re Looking For

First and foremost: we’re looking for great stories and unique voices. That means a plot. It means a beginning and an end. Bonus points for surprising the reader. It means offering a new take on an old situation—or a classic take on an entirely new situation. It might mean going out on a limb with what you see as your truth. Most of all, though, we are looking for stories about the real world around us. Yes, you can have elements of sci-fi, horror or other genres, just keep it grounded in the here and now. We believe the most powerful stories examine the darkness we live with each and every day.

If you’re a writer, check out our submission guidelines below for more information on being part of Dark Yonder. If you're a reader, stay tuned for more information on how you can pre-order our debut issue. 


Submission Guidelines

  • There are no setting requirements, but all stories submitted must be loosely categorized as “neo-noir.” We’re not looking for your grandfather’s noir fiction. We’re looking for new, unique voices and interpretations of dark literary fiction (crime, horror, speculative lit, etc) that fit into our rapidly evolving world. Everyone is well versed in the fiction that America is raised on; we’re looking for fiction that takes us… yonder

  • Our sweet spot is 3,000 to 5,000 words, with a 5,000 word max. No flash fiction, please.

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, although we will need to be notified if your story is accepted elsewhere as we require exclusivity.

  • We do not accept reprint submissions.

  • Because we publish four times a year in January, April, July, and October, there are no firm submission deadlines. The debut issue of Dark Yonder is scheduled for January 2023.

  • You will be notified of our decision about your submitted story whether or not you are accepted for publication.

  • Because we publish each quarter, there is always a new opportunity on the horizon should we pass on your submission for the current issue. If we believe your story would fit in a future issue, we will contact you for permission to keep the story on file for a specific amount of time.

  • If your submission is selected for publication, you will be asked to provide a 150 word or less author bio and online profile with your story. You may include information on where readers can purchase your other work in this bio.

  • Authors will receive $50 for each story chosen for publication in Dark Yonder.

  • Authors accepted for publication will also receive one copy of the issue they appear in.

  • Dark Yonder will own all rights to your story for a period of one year following publication. After that, rights will revert back to you as the author.

  • Please submit your story to darkyondersubmissions@gmail.com.

  • Dark Yonder also offers opportunities for publishers to advertise their books. If you are interested in purchasing an ad in an upcoming issue of Dark Yonder, please contact us at darkyondersubmissions@gmail.com.