Artwork and Photography

If it’s gripping, send it to us.

We’re particularly interested these days in artwork and photography with noir themes for our upcoming Novella Noir and Short Short Noir

If you are a visual artist and would like to have your work considered by Lominy Books, please send us a letter of introduction (pasted into the body of an email). Include the artist’s name, full address, phone and email, along with a short biography written in third person. Include both the title and the actual dimensions of each piece that has been photographed. Please indicate any additional links/gallery websites for our reference.

In the subject line of the email, please format like so: “ by [your name].”  Send these emails to <lominybooks(at)gmail.com> (replace (at) with @).

We accept images attached as .jpg with a minimum 300 dpi resolution. Submit 4-6 photographs and/or 2-5 works of art. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Please do not send another submission until we have responded to the first one.

We consider artwork and photography on a rolling basis.

Payment: For e-books, contributors are paid in gratitude and admiration. For print publications, contributors receive 10 complimentary copies of the book.

What is “Noir”?

Here are definitions you might find useful:

“The simplest definition of noir is fiction that focuses on mostly amoral characters, that typically involves crime or misdeeds, and that evinces a bleak or fatalistic view of the universe. However, noir doesn’t have to be overly depressing or serious; in fact, black humor is often a secondary characteristic. And though noir usually features stripped-down, utilitarian prose, it doesn’t have to; a complex, dense and subtle style can also be used to create stories in this genre.” Álvaro Rodríguez

“In [noir fiction], the protagonist is usually not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. He is someone tied directly to the crime, not an outsider called to solve or fix the situation. Other common characteristics of this sub-genre are the emphasis on sexual relationships and the use of sex to advance the plot and the self-destructive qualities of the lead characters. This type of fiction also has the lean, direct writing style and the gritty realism commonly associated with hardboiled fiction.” George Tuttle