Submission Guidelines

***PLEASE NOTE:***  We are on hiatus for an indefinite period and are CLOSED to submissions. Any submissions will be deleted unread. Thank you for understanding.

Submission Guidelines

We seek unpublished submissions of:

  • Fiction, maximum 5000 words. We are not averse to flash but make it over 250 words. We’ll consider just about any genre other than horror, sci-fi and erotica. Speculative or erotic elements are fine but we’re not about ghosts, vampires, telekinesis, and unicorns or pieces where a sexual encounter is the sum total of the piece, even if it is between ghost unicorns and telekinetic dragons. Send your story attached as a word document to blackdogreview22(at)
  • Essays, maximum 5000 words. Prior to making a complete submission inquire with a brief synopsis to blackdogreview22(at)
  • Poetry — Sorry poets, we like it, we write it, but we are not a market for it, at least for the time being.
  • All submissions must be unpublished.
  • If you want to pitch us something outside of these guidelines, please inquire with a brief synopsis to blackdogreview22(at)
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know if you place your story somewhere else.
  • Please include a brief cover letter in the body of the email. Please include your name and contact information on your manuscript.
  • We don’t accept multiple submissions; one piece at a time please. We will look at multiple flash submissions, submit up to five pieces – no individual piece should be over 1,000 words.
  • We don’t pay. Sorry.
  • You retain all rights to your story, but we’d like to archive it on our site.
  • Spell-check your story before you send it. Proof it. And please — double-spaced, 1″ margins, 12 pt. font, preferably Times New Roman. Standard Manuscript Format. You know the drill.
  • We aim to respond in 90 days (or fewer). Please query only after 90 days have elapsed without a response. We respond to every submission. Due to time constraints and the volume of submissions received we cannot offer personalized responses or critiques / consultations.
  • We will close submissions for a category once we are full in that category. We will note this specifically on the submissions page. Submissions coming in after closing will not be responded to and instead will be deleted unread.

 Thank you for considering the Black Dog Review as a home for your writing!

– The Editors