Dark Onus Lit

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Dark Onus is an experimental literary magazine based in Philadelphia, PA. The meaning of Onus - a dedication or duty to something. We aim to be the early-season's Dark Mirror of magazines. The murky won-you-over side character of magazines. An ode to oddity, blemish, the profane, type of zine. We seek to explore shadows, terrors, and the unlit path. To encounter monstrosities, be them ourselves or otherworldly, and to see what stirs. We call out to those who meddle in the low light, seeking offerings of seldom-told tales and existences. We are set upon the dark in all of its forms. Be it shadow-work, ruminations, horrors, dry-humored speak, or a hundred things besides. Musing at the spider exposed by the turned stone. A penumbra's cast in lantern light. Send forth your portraits, portents and poems from beyond.

Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Erric Emerson
Contact Title
Editor in Chief
fiction, poetry, art, audio
Submissions Policy
We publish experimental poetry, flash fiction, short stories, artwork, and audio in micro-zines on a non-linear basis. (I've attached the submission guidelines page for full guidelines)
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
3 - 4 weeks
Author Payments
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
Average Number Of Pages
Erric Emerson
Editor in Chief
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I've been publishing poetry for the past ten years and published two poetry collections. I helped found Duende Literary Journal and edit for Aji Literary Magazine.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
We are an all-volunteer staff who work online through email communication to decide what submitted works are suitable for our aesthetic leanings and publishing goals. I ultimately decide, after careful discussion what will make it into an issue.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
We do not require cover letters.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Submissions are received via email, and the redacted, detail-less attachments for sent to the editorial team for consideration. I review these submissions along with my team, and responses are given to submitters within three weeks of submission date
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Originality, authenticity, craft, voice, experimentation, works with dark-themed leanings.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
We publish micro-zines, so our selection process is very demanding. Feel free to submit again, we take submissions year-round.