This page outlines the process by which new authors are found, accepted, and eventually published. If you're interested in seeing your piece in one of the future issues, this is where you want to start.
If you're familiar with cold-calling (or cold-emailing), this process should be familiar. It's merely a more regulated, easy-to-understand form to take some of the confusion and stress out of proposing an article.
All articles on Writing in Darkness begin as proposals for future pieces sent to the domain email address:
These proposal emails are formatted in this manner:
Your idea should have something to do with the general theme of the site: reading and writing, and writers talking about themselves and their craft. Some examples of the topics covered by this theme would be:
...among other similar stuff that matters to writers of all kinds. This list is not intended to exhaust every possible topic and idea that can be published on this site, but simply to show what Writing in Darkness is looking for generally. If your idea is related to reading and writing in some fashion, but you don't see it delineated here, you should consider proposing it. The best examples of what can be published here are, of course, those articles that have already been published to the site. Read past issues for inspiration and familiarity.
If your proposal has merit, Axel will contact you, preferably by phone, or else email, to talk with you more at length about your vision and plans, which may lead down the path towards contract and publication. Being contacted does not guarantee that you will be contracted or published.
You do not need any work or educational experience for your proposal to be considered or for your article to be potentially published. Each issue typically has a theme, but you do not necessarily need to propose ideas within that theme. In short, if you have an idea for piece that you think is worthwhile and interesting and that you want to talk about, Writing in Darkness wants to hear from you. Send your proposals without fear or restraint.