Nature writing that looks under the surface for new metaphor,
Writing about the human condition that uses metaphor from nature or science,
Science writing that looks towards the unknown without being mystical or suggesting that there are some things we can't know or understand,
Sublime humor that uncovers possibilities of the unknown in nature or the human condition,
Essays or musings about science topics that expose the human condition in our relationship to nature and knowledge.
This is not an exhaustive list, so please keep trying to surprise us. But, as managing editor I am also seeing trends in submissions that are missing the mark in some subtle ways. Here are a few things we are not generally responsive to:
Horror and/or crime (without metaphor as the premise),
Science fiction without speculation,
Dark romance, and especially not crimes of passion or subversion,
Speculation on love that does not include natural/science metaphor.
Our title, Dark Matter, is meant to suggest the unknown. It is not intended to automatically imply amoral, macabre, sadness, or evil. Again, a lot of what we reject would fit nicely in other journals. It is rarely the quality of the writing that leads to rejection.
Hopefully this helps a little bit, though I know it is still difficult to read our minds, so when in doubt submit.
Managing Editor of Dark Matter