Listen to the songs from the darkness...
And out of the darkness the zombie did call
True pain and suffering
He brought to them all
Waver the children to hide in their beds
For fear that the devil would chop off their heads
~ Rob Zombie "Call of the Zombie"
What It's About
The Abyss is filled with dark tales of wonder, delight, nightmares, and gore. However, being digital, it needs to have stories that are a certain size. Nightsong is for dark and frightening horror poetry, as well as pieces of flash fiction that wouldn't work as individual digital stories. I want to fill it to the brim with terror, horror, and all the darkness the human mind possesses. If you wanted to submit it to The Abyss, but it's poetry or not long enough, this is the place to do it.
Edited by Bill Otto, this is a yearly publication put out in October and is a 5.5 x 8.5 paperback.
Poetry and stories of 1200 words or less will be considered for Nightsong publication.
Poems should be between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $4.00 for original poems and flash fiction, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.
Nightsong will also consider color cover art and interior art (interior art will be published in b&w). We pay $10 for cover art, $4 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. If you have a gallery we can browse just send us the link and we’ll check it out and get back to you.
In addition to the above payments, each contributor to Nightsong also receives one contributor’s copy of the issue in which their work appears.
How to Submit
Submit your work to email@example.com
In the subject line of the e-mail, put Nightsong, your last name, and the title of your submission or just poetry if that's what you're submitting.
SUBMISSION EXAMPLE: “Nightsong – Dahmer – A Special Dinner” or "Nightsong - Wright - Poems"
While I am not picky with formatting, my preferences are docx and other Word standard documents with no extra formatting (no header/footer/page numbers) and if you want to earn extra points, putting it in Times New Roman font at 14 point is appreciated, though not necessary.
If you're submitting poetry, you can simply include it in the body of the email, just make sure you have the proper titles and things separated clearly if you submit multiple poems at once.
Art can simply be attached as a jpeg or png.
Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manuscript and in your email. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.
Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manuscript and in your e-mail. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.
CONTACT INFORMATION EXAMPLE
J.H. Tobin Word Count: 3772
14 N Moore St
New York, New York 10013
paypal [if any]:firstname.lastname@example.org
If your submission does not include your contact information, Branching Realities Independent Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.