Original, unpublished work of fiction dealing with Noir. Submitted works of fiction should not exceed 5000 words.


Original, unpublished work of nonfiction dealing with Noir. Submitted works of non-fiction should not exceed 3500 words.


One to three original, unpublished poems dealing with Noir. Submitted poems combined should not exceed 2000 words.

What We Want

Our goal is to create a high quality journal that reflects emerging trends and showcases the best current writing in noir and, more generally, crime fiction (and nonfiction). We want to explore the relationship between classic crime fiction and the issues that affect all of us today. All noir/crime-related submissions are welcome, but we will give special consideration to work that is contemporary and/or socially relevant.

Submission Period

Submission windows are as follows:

Poetry may be submitted from July 1, 2013 to October 1, 2013.

Fiction may be submitted from September 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013.

Nonfiction may be submitted from October 1. 2013 to January 1, 2013.

Submission Process

You must be the author of the submitted work(s). All work(s) must be original and unpublished (either in print or online). Authors are allowed to submit to multiple categories, as well as to submit multiple works within the same category.

Send all submissions to as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) attachment. Please have both the word "Submission" and the category (fiction, nonfiction or poetry) in the subject field.

Submissions should feature standard formatting. The first page should include your real name, physical address (where you would like to receive material via mail), email address, and any other contact information you feel is necessary.


International submissions are welcome, however, all submissions must be in English. If you have written a piece in another language, you may translate your work into English and submit the translation.


In the classic pulp tradition, writers whose work is accepted will receive a penny-per-word (based on the word-count calculated by Microsoft Word) along with a print edition of Noir Riot and other surprise swag.

Announcement of Contributors

A final list of contributors will be posted on this website March 1, 2014. Entrants with valid email addresses will receive an email notification. The official book launch for Noir Riot will beNoirCon 2014 (November 12–16, 2014).


If your entry is selected for publication in the Noir Riot, you give Noir Riot and NoirCon 2014 a nonexclusive license to publish your work in our publication. You may accept or decline this invitation as you choose. Your entry will not be published in print without your consent, and you retain all rights to your work.