Submissions Guidelines

Please note that we are only able to consider material that is sent during periods when we have an open call for submissions. 

The Dark Mountain Project is committed to publishing original writing and art which touches on the themes of our work. We are not interested in whether you are famous or unknown. We are particularly interested in new writers. We are looking for innovative, challenging, brave writing and art, which responds to the challenge that Dark Mountain lays down – to find new stories, and new ways of telling them. However – before you submit anything for one of our books, please read the guidelines below, so you know what we do and what we’re looking for.


1. Before submitting work to us, we strongly suggest that you read our manifesto and get your hands on a copy of one of our recent books. This will give you a feel for the range and the standard of work we are looking for. Make sure you like what you see, and you know what we do. We encourage you not to get bogged down by form. Challenge us.

2. We publish fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art and sometimes work that is entirely non-categorisable.

3.  All work must be your own. When you submit it, please tell us something about who you are, including your previous work and a link to any relevant web presence. We rarely reprint work that has been published elsewhere – we are looking for original work – but if you do submit something for re-publication, please tell us where it appeared first. Please do not send us work which is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

4. We publish many styles and shapes of prose writing, from flash fiction to long-form essays. In terms of length, we consider work that falls between 500-6000 words. Please treat the latter as an upper limit, rather than a target length. We look for sharpness and originality, both in what you are saying and how you are saying it.

5. For non-fiction pieces, you may use end-notes if required – but this is not an academic journal, so please think twice about whether this is necessary. When a piece draws on primary and secondary sources, it is often sufficient to include a short bibliographic note or list of references. If you do use end-notes, make sure that there are no more than ten per piece.

6. If you are submitting poems, please submit no more than two, in separate documents. There is no line or word limit.

7. If you are submitting artwork, we ask you to send your submission as JPG or PNG files (max 2MB) in the first instance. Please send no more than two images. Please include statements regarding the artwork in a Word document rather than in the body of an email.

If your image(s) are accepted, we will ask you to send them as larger files for publication. The full specifications for images for publication can be found here.

8. IMPORTANT: Please email submissions to, with ‘BOOK  SUBMISSION – [YOUR NAME]’ as the subject line. Please send your submission as an attached document in a format that can be opened in Microsoft Word (e.g. .doc or .rtf). We cannot accept submissions sent in PDF format or in the body of an email. Please also name your file to include your name and the name of the piece you are submitting (eg: ‘JohnSmith_ShortStory.doc’. We receive hundreds of submissions and this makes our lives very much easier.

9. Please include your word count (prose) and line count (poetry) with your email when you submit.

10. Please be patient! Depending on the time of year, it may take us a few months to get back to you, but we will reply to every submission we receive. If you have submitted a piece to Dark Mountain, please do not submit it for publication elsewhere until you have received a response from us.

11. If we do accept your work for publication, we may get back to you with some suggested changes or improvements. We often like to work with authors to get the best out of their work.

12. We are currently unable to pay for work that we publish – we hope this will change in future – but we do send you a copy of the book on publication, and we guarantee you a smart and growing audience for your work. All copyright remains with the authors, but we ask that you don’t republish accepted work elsewhere before the book is published.