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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones October 9, 2012 - 9:44pm

Last time I put a call up here, we were looking for noir and got some good stuff. Now the mag has shifted toward a generally dark variety of literary. 

 

Check out the site and if you like what is there. Let's see some stories.

 

www.downermagazine.com

 

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones October 10, 2012 - 3:58pm

Crickets... Tough crowd.

 

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rmatthewsimmons from Salt Lake City, UT is reading I just put down 'A Game of Thrones' after 6 chapters....Couldn't do it. October 10, 2012 - 6:51pm

Interesting concept. Although I found Hubert Selby's work rather uplifting. I mean, isn't Requiem For A Dream a love story when you get down to brass tacks? 

I guess my only complaint would be the fiction word limit is rather short at 1000 words, but other than that it looks like something I would definitely pick up.

Is this publication based in Utah?

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland October 10, 2012 - 6:53pm

Try the official whoring thread. That is where folks usually go to pimp stuff. and where other folk go to check it out.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt October 10, 2012 - 7:25pm

Devon, I just sent something your way. 

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Lady Hazmat is reading Various Titles October 10, 2012 - 8:17pm

Working on something for you. 

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones October 10, 2012 - 9:05pm

I'm not really trying to whore the magazine. I just figured that since this community has like 6000 members, I'd throw another call for submissions out there. When I started submitting my work, I had a really hard time finding markets that were dark other than horror, so I started Downer.

@rmatthewsimmons- Selby's stuff is diverse. Requiem can be looked at from a few angles. I see it as the pursuit of happiness and not knowing when to throw in the towel.

I consider pieces over 1000 words, people just send them anyway. The thing is that going through 3000 word stories takes 3x the time. 

The magazine is only online right now, with plans for a best of vol. 1 anthology around April. But yeah, We are in Utah. November is the last issue of the year before I send in my nominations for the Pushcart Prize.

 

@Sound- Thanks. I'll be on submissions all day tomorrow.

 

@Lady Hazmat- Lookin forward to it.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland October 10, 2012 - 9:23pm

I've got a 250 word flash piece I was working on expanding to 500 max. It's pretty f-n sad. I'll spice it up and submit as well. No expectations. Thanks for this thread.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books October 10, 2012 - 9:24pm

I don't write a lot of flash, but if I end up with something short enough, you'll be on my list.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones October 10, 2012 - 9:34pm

@Jonathan - Sounds good.

@SparrowStark - If you've read a bit of what we publish and think you have something that fits, feel free to send it. We are flexible on the word count. Mainly, we try to send personal responses as often as possible and it's easier to pinpoint why a flash piece isn't right for us. 

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 11, 2012 - 7:14am

Flash is a rough market.

Been doing this ten years and I've yet to have a short clock in under 1,000.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones October 11, 2012 - 7:43am

Flash is like its own animal. It's like telling an idea rather than a story. There is something beautiful and mysterious about it. 

I'm open to short stories as well. I consider everything in the mailbox.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest October 11, 2012 - 7:54am

What's the max word count you would consider? I'm sitting on a bunch of shorts somewhere in the neighborhood of 2-3k words.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones October 11, 2012 - 8:11am

I'll take a look if you think they fit. I'm cool with anything under 5k. 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest October 11, 2012 - 8:18am

You're looking for dark right now? I have noir, a little dark, not too much. Think Elmore Leonard. May not be what you're looking for right now.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones October 11, 2012 - 9:41am

Dark is what we go for. Not dark like cutting up bodies. The last few issues are pretty good examples.

I like noir, but it has to have some substance. I feel like I'm putting my foot in my mouth trying to explain.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne October 11, 2012 - 3:25pm

Just have to say, best name for a mag ever. I'll send something just because I'd love to be able to say I was published by Downer. That's great.

Good luck with it. I feel your pain, sometimes I feel like it can be difficult to place some of my stories due to them being dark but not especially horrific.

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rmatthewsimmons from Salt Lake City, UT is reading I just put down 'A Game of Thrones' after 6 chapters....Couldn't do it. October 11, 2012 - 6:16pm

Alright I'm game. Just emailed a piece I worked on about a year ago that should fall in line nicely with your publication. Might be a little long at 3446 words, but I tried Flash to varying degrees of success. Sorry, I haven't reached ADD in epic proportions just yet and don't mind spending an hour on the toilet in the morning reading and putting off work.

 

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