Dark Helix Ezine

Dark Helix Press will be publishing an ezine starting May 2018 for the purpose of helping authors market themselves. Think of it as a Costco magazine sampler with words instead of food! The first issue is by invitation only.

This ezine will be released three times per year, in January, May and September. Each issue will feature 1 editorial piece by an editor and 5 writers. As submissions are received and accepted, we will keep updating this page.

What we are looking for: flash fiction (<2000 words), editorial pieces (<2000 words) and poetry (<100 lines) according to each issue’s theme. In addition, each author will be asked for a description of what inspired the piece (more info below) to share with readers. Editorial piece can be about writing or publishing, mention of the theme is not necessary.

Reminder – we are not looking for erotica or extremely violent stories. We are interested in creative stories with a twist as our editors are writers and they like to be surprised.

Call For Submissions for Upcoming Issues

We will be doing rolling submissions, if one issue is filled, that issue will be published first and the ordering of publication will change. Similarly, if there is a delay in collecting submissions, there may be a delay in publication. Check often for change in issue status.

Issue #3 – January 2019 publication (Submissions CLOSED), AD space still available – WORK IN PROGRESS

  • Theme – “A New Year”, pieces featuring characters experiencing a new year or fresh start for better or for worse

Issue #4 – May 2019 publication (Submission deadline of March 1, 2018)

  • Theme – Office Cubicle Farm, stories starting at a cubicle or office job and ending somewhere else
  • Seeking: 1 Editorial piece (0 pieces received, looking for 1 piece), 5 pieces of writing (0 pieces received, looking for 5 more pieces)

Issue #5 – Sept 2019 publication (Submission deadline of June 1, 2018)

  • Theme – “Genders”, pieces involving hetero or QUILTBAG characters with story emphasis on gender
  • Seeking: 1 Editorial piece (0 pieces received, looking for 1 piece), 5 pieces of writing (0 pieces received, looking for 5 more pieces)

Author Information

Submission details:

  • cover page should have name, address, email, word count
  • format should be 12 font, times new roman, single space
  • send as a word .doc/.docx file to darkhelixpress at gmail.com with subject line “Ezine Issue X – name of story”

This is a marketing platform for writers and Dark Helix Press will not be offering compensation. Our value proposition for each author:

  • author will work with an editor
  • an author Q & A promo page asking you the following: a. what inspired the written story (behind the scenes/words), b. blurb on latest project and c. advice for new writers (give us 250 words for a-c). Also include a short 70 word bio which we will attach to your work.
  • social media marketing – we will tweet and post on Facebook an excerpt from your story. If you have a twitter account we will tag you.
  • you may add the ezine as another line on your writer’s resume!

Ad Placement Information

Rates – $10 USD for half a page (8.5″ x 5.5″), $25 USD for full page (8.5″ x 41″), $25 USD for custom ad work and final jpeg file for future use. Any ad revenue will go towards marketing, printing and distribution at trade shows/conferences.

Email darkhelixpress at gmail.com for more information.

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