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Black Library submissions call – Deathwatch

Attention, servants of the immortal God-Emperor! Charge your mnemo-quills and dust off your data-slates, because Black Library is recruiting once more…


Do you think you have what it takes to write for the exciting worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000? Can you see yourself as the next Dan Abnett, Chris Wraight or David Guymer? Are you able to write creative and engaging prose to the most harrowing of editorial deadlines, while still remaining passionate about the source material? If the answer to these questions is ‘Throne, yes!’ then we want to hear from you.


It’s been a long time since we had a submissions window. While some of you may have sent us your writing in the past, as has been hinted over the past year or so there will be a few key differences to the process from now on.


First of all, we are only looking for short stories featuring the Deathwatch, set in the current Warhammer 40,000 era. You can interpret that in any way you like, as long as the Imperium’s finest xenos hunters are showcased in a manner that fits with the existing background published by Games Workshop.


Secondly, we only need a single paragraph which summarises your idea for a full short story, followed by a sample of your best writing from that story. The sample should be no more than 500 words (and we will be checking!) but should be of sufficiently high quality to engage/excite our editors who will be reading each and every submission.


Finally, you should make your submission by email only, to blacklibrarysubmissions@gwplc.com – please attach your submission as a Microsoft Word document (not Works, not OpenOffice, not RTF or any other weird and wacky file formats) and also copy your single paragraph summary into the covering email. Failure to follow those basic requests will result in your submission being rejected. We cannot confirm receipt of any submission, and we cannot respond to requests for additional information or updates on the process.


The email address will be open from midnight GMT on Monday 8th December to midnight GMT on Monday 26th January. Any submissions that arrive outside of those dates will be automatically rejected by the system.


If we haven’t already crushed your youthful enthusiasm with our weighty word-hammer, then our editors look forward to hearing from you! Death to the xenos!