contributor information pack
We need to say this at the outset: SomethingDark (SDk) is at the beginning of its life; it has
been created by two professionals in their respective fields as a contribution to international
culture, and as yet we cannot afford to pay contributors. However, SDk is a long-term project
and we will be generating revenue; when we can pay contributors, we will be delighted to do
so. We are well aware that photographers, artists and writers cannot live on fresh air, and
deserve to derive a living from their creative and intellectual talent.
In the meantime, SDk is a collaborative effort that should prove very rewarding for
contributors who think the magazine has worth independent of a monetary value. The
SomethingDark webmagazine and broader website have been designed to give contributors
unique, high-quality exposure, and our goal is to make SDk a highly regarded presence
internationally that will be sought out for its cultural vision, quality of presentation and
technical innovation. We think you will be impressed, and we hope you will want to participate.
Copyright, of course, will remain with the contributor in all instances.
Please read our “What is SDk?” page, as this will provide a brief but important introduction to
the magazine; likewise, browsing the magazine will serve as a broad guide to our orientation,
aesthetics and sense of quality.
Cartoons & comic art in SomethingDark
SomethingDark recognises cartoon and comic art as a genre that deserves treatment in its
own right, and our goal is to include examples of this art form in every issue of the magazine,
both as standalone features (e.g. a full-page feature cartoon; a double-page feature comic
strip), and to be coordinated with other forms in providing a more complete coverage of
featured topics (e.g. accompanying the featured fetish (see below); the nonfiction feature
article; major news articles).
We would in particular like to publish a regular comic strip that refers to themes relevant to
SomethingDark’s core interests.
SomethingDark hosts professional profiles for contributors, and a cartoon or comic artist
contributing work to the magazine will, like all contributors, have his or her profile in
SomethingDark’s Contributor Directory. Contributor profiles are not part of the magazine
proper, but are “enduring content” hosted online by the larger SDk website.
As an SDk contributing artist, your profile will include the following:
• A gallery of 12–24 thumbnail images of your work, chosen by you but in sympathy with
SomethingDark’s orientation and aesthetics;
• Active links to your website(s) and/or to your web pages hosted by third-party sites, up
to a total of four URLs. Third-party sites will be vetted by us and linked at our discretion;
• Direct links to your work published elsewhere on the internet (excluding e-commerce
sites that may be using your work for marketing, although these will be accepted as
static entries in your publications list); plus, links to any print-published work on Amazon
and/or the website of your publisher (or, at our discretion, to any other site(s) of your
choosing). Such links to published work for sale is further value added for contributing
artists: SomethingDark offers greater direct exposure and a virtual invitation to SDk
readers to buy your work.
Readers of SomethingDark magazine will be able to access your profile directly from the Issue
Credits in the issue of the magazine in which your art is featured. Visitors to the SDk website
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will have easy access to all back issues of the magazine; they will also be able to access the
profiles of all contributors via SDk’s Contributor Directory menu.
If you become a regular contributor of cartoon or comic art, you will be offered a feature
article of 400–1,000 words (1–2 pages equivalent) on yourself and your work, incorporating an
interview. This article will be published with, or as soon as possible after, your third
contribution to SDk and will be presented in SomethingDark magazine, along with your work,
as an art feature. As part of the feature, you will also be invited to write an article on a topic of
your choice (600 to 900 words), which will be published either as part of the art feature or in
the nonfiction section of the magazine. This article is optional, but we will encourage you to
take the opportunity to express an opinion on broader issues of art, culture, society or even
politics, as we are keen to promote artists as “real”, three-dimensional people who have
something intelligent to say about the world around them. *
SomethingDark will keep your profile up-to-date, including thumbnail images and links to
external websites, if you notify us and supply us with your updated information.
The featured fetish
A fetish feature of approximately 8–14 pages will be published in each issue of
SomethingDark; the work of photographers and artists who specialise in or have an affinity for
a particular fetish will be at the heart of this feature. An original, research-based article on the
featured fetish, produced by SDk, will supplement the work of visual artists and help provide
breadth of treatment. This section of the magazine will provide scope to explore edgier, more
The fetish feature will be visually oriented, but will not necessarily include dedicated cartoon or
comic art. However, we will, when possible and appropriate, seek to thematically coordinate
the work of a cartoon or a comic artist with the featured fetish.
SomethingDark’s Fetish Directory, which from SDk issue #03 will list fetish features from all
issues of the magazine under an easily accessible menu, will give greater visibility to the SDk-
published work of cartoon and comic artists who contribute work that is linked to fetish
*These articles, along with your short bio in your proﬁle, will be professionally edited documents which should serve you well in the
future. Please use them as you see ﬁt, but in doing so, please credit SomethingDark with the editing and preparation of the documents.
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