In the midway of this our mortal life,
I found me in a gloomy wood, astray
Gone from the path direct: and e’en to tell
It were no easy task, how savage wild
That forest, how robust and rough its growth,
Which to remember only, my dismay
Renews, in bitterness not far from death.

We are never far from death—Dante reminds us. It is always there, just out of sight, around the bend in the road. The faraway nearby, Rebecca Solnit says. We could step past a tree in that wild forest and be there. Where? The Deadlands.

The Deadlands is a new monthly speculative fiction magazine. We will publish short stories, poems, and essays about the other realms, of the ends we face here, and the beginnings we find elsewhere. It will be a journey into the unknown, to meet those who live there still, even though they may be dead. Death is a journey we all will take, but we’d like to peek at the map before we go.

Joining us on our journey are some writers you may already know. 

The Deadlands will contain fiction from: 

  • Fran Wilde
  • Vajra Chandrasekera
  • G.V. Anderson
  • Arkady Martine
  • Chimedum Ohaegbu
  • Sam J. Miller
  • Premee Mohamed
  • Natalia Theodoridou
  • Alix E. Harrow
  • Sam Rebelein

The Deadlands will contain poetry from:

  • R.B. Lemberg
  • Gemma Files
  • Jeannelle M. Ferreira
  • Mike Allen
  • Greer Gilman
  • Shweta Narayan
  • Erik Amundsen
  • Marissa Lingen
  • Gwynne Garfinkle
  • Mattie Joiner
  • and many more! 

In addition to fiction and poetry, The Deadlands will feature non-fiction essays and reviews of death-related media.

The Deadlands will pay 10c/word for fiction (up to 5k), $50/poem (any length), and $100/non-fiction piece (any length). 

You can check out our guidelines here.

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