GW: Write For Black Library

Think you’ve got what it takes to write for AoS/40K? Time to prove it!

Games Workshop has announced that Black Library is accepting open submissions right now. All it takes is a one-paragraph summary and a 500 word sample. Want to learn more? Check it out:

via Warhammer Community

“For the past 20 years, the Black Library has been bringing the Warhammer universes to life – from the grim darkness of the 41st Millennium, through the Underhives of Necromunda to the sprawling realms of the Age of Sigmar and the savage sports fields of Blood Bowl.

We have seen empires rise, kingdoms fall, heroes corrupted, saviours fulfil their destinies and worlds ended.

As part of this celebration, we’re bringing back a classic title from the Black Library archives – Inferno!

Released between 1997 and 2004, Inferno! was our bi-monthly magazine packed full of comics, short stories and artwork. Plus, it’s where many of our established authors published their first stories for Black Library before going on to greatness.

We’re giving Inferno! a new lease of life as a collection of short stories, penned by new authors and old, and showcasing the best works from across our many universes.

We are looking for talented writers to be a part of this new anthology and celebrate this incredible milestone for Black Library.

We are looking for exciting and dynamic characters who drive an absorbing plot that captures the grim darkness and unique tone of our universes. As Inferno! has always delivered the very best from across all of our settings, we are encouraging stories set in Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40,000, Blood Bowl and Necromunda!”

If you’re interested in a shot at becoming a writer for Black Library, check out the specifics HERE. The submission process is ridiculously simple and the even have a list of the types of stories they are interested in:

  • Heist
  • Detective/Police Procedural
  • Adventure
  • Mystery
  • Ghost/Paranormal/Horror
  • War

So for all you folks that think AoS doesn’t have enough lore or that 40k’s narrative needs to step it up, it’s time to put your fingers where your keyboard is and do something about it. I think I might even be time I finish my story about galactic conquest from the Tyranid Point of View. Here’s a sample:




It’s chilling, right?


Do you have an story you want to tell in one of Games Workshop’s universes? Tell them about it!

  • Drpx

    No romance, huh? Pity, I had the perfect steamy Taudar plot raring to go.

    • JPMcMillen

      I good writer could hide the romance inside a different genre. Pretty much every story type they listed could have a romantic subplot.

  • Bernd Lurk

    Is this rule 34 featuring amateur bolter porn? No please, they should hire a bestseller author for the next book instead of … this.

    • georgelabour

      Because that worked so well for the new Star Wars novels….

      • The entire Aftermath trilogy was garbage, but Twilight Company, Catalyst, Bloodline, Tarkin and the likes were pretty great. Funnily enough, most of the Original Trilogy related books have been good, the sequel era ones forgettable.
        The comics, though? A few series are good, but the bulk is trash, especially the main series…

        • Muninwing

          sturgeon’s law: 90% of everything is crap.

          though “acceptable” genres are assessed on the 10% that is good, while “unacceptable” (which sadly sci-fi still fits into) is assessed by the quality of the 90%.

  • SilentPony

    Don’t bother. Anyone remember the short story contest they held in like 2006? Where the winners were Dan Abnett and Graham McNeill?
    Yeah, this smells like one of those again. Shallow attempt to connect with the community.

    • Jim Cook

      With respect, it’s 2018. Might be worth a go, eh?

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Because other writers have not risen up from competitions like this, lol

      • SilentPony

        Maybe I’m cynical, but when the winners of the last Black Library contest were Black Library authors, somehow I doubt the legitimacy of the contest…

        • It’s not really a contest. Besides, Robbie MacNiven joined the ranks through one such submission window. As did others, back when Heroes of the Space Marines and such were a thing.

        • Aura1

          There’s been an open submissions window for a few years now. 8 of the current stable came in through these. The last batch have short stories published. If you click on the link you’ll see how many authors got their first time break through the submissions window.

    • Shadowstrife

      Sounds like a challenge.

      ‘From the ashes a fire shall be woken.
      A light from the shadows shall spring.
      Renewed shall be tale that was broken.
      The crownless again shall be King of the Black Library contest.’

      • SilentPony

        All hail the underdog winner, Ben Counter!

  • Maitre Lord Ironfist

    it is time to throw all the bad fanfiction there!

  • Its a shame they also prefer their writers and designers to also live over in Nottingham or closeby.

    • Is that really necessary? Was it included in the guidelines?

      • Many postings in the past have included the requirement or a strong preference for it. They have regular meetings at HQ and need to be there in person for it.

        • Allerka

          Makes me wonder if Graham McNeill has essentially left them then, since he’s apparently moved to LA.

          • Dunno but I would assume once you get in with them and write several best sellers that they’ll be a bit more lenient.

          • Aura1

            All the writers for Black Library are freelance. Nobody works in house. Graham McNeill flew back for the Horus Heresy series meetings, as did Dan Abnett. They both make a lot more money in other work, but they enjoy their 30/40K stories.

    • Shadowstrife

      I interviewed for a web role in GW Nottingham last Christmas. I crashed & burned in the interview, but it was still supercool to be there behind the scenes and see how they roll.

  • Stefan Barton-Ross

    Gorelord Slaughtpain continued to dismember the twitching corpse of his foe, slathering himself in entrails. As he butchered, he bathed in the understanding that his actions, directed as they were by the dutiful worship of his patron Khorne, were in no way gratuitous.

    • Mathew G. Smith

      Go for it, that’s hillarious.

    • Vesalius

      The barbed crossbow bolt lodged itself deep into Bernhard Von Floppyhat’s abdomen, and Bernhard collapsed onto the cold dirt of the graveyard. Looking down at his mortal wound, the brave haberdasher exclaimed in frustration and pain, “God bless America!”

      The ethereal wisps of a Mourngul passed over him and then took notice to the crumpled dying figure. The ghoulish cadaver put its twisted face mere inches from Bernhard’s, and spoke in a slow and guttural tone, “this is what happens when you find a stranger in the alps.” Bernhard could only reply with, “yippie kay yay, Mr. Falcon.”

  • Shadowstrife

    The cop procedural seems worth a try. I once wrote a WFB submission, about a mutant vigilante on the rooftops and backalleys of Altdorf. Like the Zavant, Brunner and Harold Kleindeinst novels rolled into one.

    • DJ860

      Brunner remains my favourite BL book to date, bloody great.

      • Shadowstrife

        No other Warhammer novel comes even close it to. I wish the character had continued on, in a series under different authors like Gotrek & Felix. Great book, reminds me of David Gemmell’s ‘Legend’.

  • Allerka

    Don’t forget to include as many of the Black Library drinking game cliches as you can!

    “For every X they killed, Y more took its place.”

    Smashing two unrelated words together with a hyphen to sound cool but ultimately making no sense if you think about it. “Gene-forged”, “tech-blessed”, etc.

    Latin based words that mean nothing even close to what the original Latin word means.

    Typos in “professionally” edited literature!

    Space Marines ripping their helmets off mid-battle for literally no reason.

    And so forth. 😛

  • Tristan M☾Donald

    This is exploitative and absolutely not how you commission writing work. It’s really shameful to see GW contributing to a culture of decent writers not being able to make a living from their work.

    • benvoliothefirst

      I agree, but it’s hardly a novel GW idea in the current climate of crowd-sourcing everything.