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« on: April 27, 2003, 10:44:58 pm »
Dark Horizons, the BFS' fiction 'zine, is on the look out for fiction & poetry.
Standard ms presentation.
Send SAE with sufficient return postage or mark ms disposable.  An email address is helpful for us to acknowledge receipt.

For full guidelines send SAE to the address below.
(I'll try and get them from the editor and post them here...)  :mrgreen:

Send submissions to Debbie Bennett, Beech House, Chapel Lane, Moulton, Cheshire, CW9 8PQ

Payment is contributors copies.

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2003, 02:31:49 pm »
Of course I've just been reliablely informed that a PDF version of the full gls can be found at
http://www.britishfantasysociety.org.uk/downloads/DH%20Guidelines.pdf

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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2003, 03:09:45 pm »
Okey doke, here's what's in the PDF full version of the gls.

(don't say I never do anything for you...!) :wink:

Dark Horizons welcomes submissions – fiction, poetry and artwork – from both BFS members and non-members, professional and new writers, on any subject in the fantasy genre. ‘Fantasy’ can be interpreted in many ways, and includes everything from SF to horror and beyond. Many stories from BFS magazines have been selected for anthologies and awards.

The definition of a good story, as opposed to a piece of prose (according to the current editor of Dark Horizons, and she's only human) is something which has a beginning, a middle and an end and a point to it. Have several characters by all means, but don’t jump around their heads every paragraph as the story loses focus – one or at the most two points of view are sufficient. Describe your scene – this is even more important in fantasy – but don’t bog the reader down with pages of detail. Above all – show, don’t tell. Let your characters show the story through their own actions, words and thoughts. And yes, there may be other ways of writing stories, but Dark Horizons isn’t the place for them.

Fiction
The upper word limit is 6-8000, although longer stories will be considered. Simultaneous submissions should not be made. Reprints are used exceptionally. Submissions must be in standard manuscript format, and indicate if the story is available on disk. A covering letter is not necessary but remember to include your name and address on the first/title page of the manuscript. Please include a rough word count and send only one story at a time.

Poetry
Although space for poetry is limited, Dark Horizons is keen to include poems dealing with any aspect of ‘fantasy’ – interpretation is up to the poet. The maximum number of lines is 50, and any style will be considered (except Haiku). Poetry submissions will be edited by the award-winning poet Joel Lane.

Artwork
We are always looking for artists willing to accept commissions to illustrate for Dark Horizons, using a range of formats from pen and ink to half-tone illustrations. Art is needed for specific stories or as ‘fillers’ and we also need cover art for each issue. Please send samples of your work (not originals) to the editorial address.

 :arrow: In all submissions, please send either of the following:
a) ms clearly marked as disposable with an email address for reply
b) self-addressed envelope for return of your ms, with stamps or sufficient International Reply Coupons. Only UK stamps are valid for postage from the UK. Please do not send cash.
 :arrow: Double-space your typed manuscript (except poetry) on one side of the paper. Use at least one-inch (2.5cm) wide margins and a clear font (eg: 12 point Times Roman). There is no need to justify the text but indent all new paragraphs. Check your spelling and be consistent with punctuation. Include a brief covering letter, if you wish. Please indicate if the manuscript is available on disk (and the format). Finally don’t staple together your manuscript pages and don’t fold them – just mail them to us flat in a large envelope.
 :arrow: By all means, follow up your submission (after a couple of months or so) with an enquiry by email or letter (include return postage). However, please bear with us – the editors of Dark Horizons, as other small-press editors, do this for love not money and often have other priorities like work and family!
The editors will not necessarily reject anything just because it doesn’t follow all of the above guidelines. However it stands to reason that a well-presented manuscript will be looked upon favourably.
Good luck with your writing.

Payment:
Contributors' copies only. Copyright remains with the individual writer or artist. "

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