Mission

The Black Lion Journal’s mission is to honor and value the life perspective and worldview of individuals by serving to validate, recognize, and share narrative value.

The Black Lion Journal features books, reviews, and essays/commentaries on politics, entertainment, and life. It’s home to The Wire’s Dream Magazine, the creative extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission.

Submissions

Submissions to The Black Lion Journal Essays, Reviews, and Commentaries are accepted year-round. Creative submissions are accepted for The Wire’s Dream Magazine; please read specific guidelines for more information.

Submissions To The Wire’s Dream Magazine


TWD Magazine accepts original, unseen creative work in the following categories:



  • Fiction

  • Creative Nonfiction

  • Poetry

  • Art

  • Photography

  • Combined Work


Work must be original and unseen. Please do not send work that has already been published or is pending publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. There is no creative limitation on the style of work submitted. There are no fees for submission. No work submitted by a third-party (i.e. a public relations firm) on a contributor’s behalf will be considered without an authorized release affidavit signed by the represented party. No exceptions.


NEW: Accepted Contributors will receive a $5 payment for their work. A max of 2 Contributors per category will be featured.


General Guidelines


Submission Period:

January 1st to March 1st (Summer Issue)

Reading Period: March 2nd to April 30th

Tentative Digital Magazine Release: June 30th**


July 1st to September 1st (Winter Issue)

Reading Period: September 2nd to October 30th

Tentative Digital Magazine Release: December 31st**


**Dates are subject to change due to volume of submissions received; may be delayed by a week or two.


Cover Letter

Subject: Name of Category, Your Full Name (Or Pen Name)


Body: Brief introduction, short bio (300 words max) with publication links (if applicable). No bio picture. Please indicate if your submission is simultaneous and at what date it was first submitted elsewhere.


PayPal to Accept $5 Payment: If work is accepted, please be prepared to provide a valid PayPal email address where you would like to receive your payment. Until further notice, only electronic payments via PayPal will be made; no paper checks will be issued. 


Complimentary Close: Your full name declares that your submission adheres to TWD Magazine submission guidelines.

Attachments: Please read specific category guidelines.


Specific Category Guidelines


Fiction

1 – 2 pieces per submission

300 – 1500 words each

Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF only


Creative Nonfiction

1 piece per submission

500 – 2500 words

Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF only


Poetry

1 – 3 poems per submission

Each poem must be no longer than 2 pages

Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF only


Art

1 – 3 high quality images per submission

Please provide a 300 word project intent

Resolution 150 or higher

PNG only


Photography

1 – 3 high quality images per submission

Please provide a 300 word project intent

Resolution 150 or higher

JPG or PNG only


Combined Works

Works that are primarily visual, follow guidelines for Art or Photography

Works that are primarily text based, follow guidelines for Fiction


Electronic Agreement


All submissions are considered and read in the order in which they are received. By submitting, you authenticate that your work is your own. You also give the editor permission to use your work for future print, creative, and/or promotional purposes. NOTE: TWD Magazine works to promote YOU, the creator. Your voice and perspective are valued here.


Respect & Value


Please consider that all published work must adhere to The Black Lion Journal’s Credo. With this in mind, pieces that are explicitly construed as openly offensive, violent, sexist, racist, hateful, and/or hurtful to any person(s) or group(s) will not be considered and will be deleted.


NOTE: The editor reserves the right to amend and/or modify this page with any updates.

The Wire's Dream Magazine pays its Contributors for their work. If you would like to help cover the costs, please know that it will be humbly welcomed. As a thank you, your name and bio will be placed in a special Thank You section on the next Collection for The Wire's Dream Magazine.

The Black Lion Journal