Black Archive Submissions: The 2000s

During October 2017, The Black Archive is accepting submissions for 20,000 to 40,000-word studies of individual Doctor Who TV stories from the first decade of the 21st century. This period is defined slightly elastically, to embrace the second half of The End of Time, and thus equates to Russell T Davies’ tenure as showrunner.

You should be aware that the following titles have already been published or announced as Black Archives:

  • Rose
  • The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit
  • Human Nature / The Family of Blood.

No further 2000s stories have been commissioned at this point.

Submissions should relate only to full-length televised Doctor Who stories. Short special episodes such as ‘Time Crash’, the animated stories The Infinite Quest and Dreamland and episodes of the spinoff series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures are not eligible. In general, if you have to ask whether it counts, it doesn’t.

We feel this era as a whole has been underrepresented in The Black Archive so far, and are particularly keen to cover more ninth Doctor stories.

What We’ll Need to See

You’ll need to send us a single MS Word document containing the following:

  • A detailed chapter breakdown showing the structure of your proposed book. This isn’t just the contents page, but must include a précis of each chapter.
  • A sample of your critical writing, in a similar style to your proposed book. This should be a single piece, 4,000 to 6,000 words long. If something you’ve written previously fits the bill, that’s fine. Otherwise, this should consist of one (or more, if they’re short) of the chapters listed in your chapter breakdown.

If you’re not sure what the above should look like, your best bet is to buy and read some of the published Black Archive titles.

The Process

Please email submissions to blackarchive@obversebooks.co.uk during October 2017, with ‘Black
Archive submission: ’ and the name of your chosen story in the subject line. Participants are limited
to one submission per slot, and no more than two submissions in total for the year. Proposals
submitted outside the submissions window will be ignored. We will consider your submission and
get back to you by the end of 2017.

We’ll pick submissions based on their merits, but also in relation to our commissioned titles and the
overall balance of the range. We’re aware that our record of gender representation has been pretty
shoddy to date, so we’ll give a degree of preferential treatment to submissions from women.
We anticipate that a number of deserving submissions will have to be rejected, based purely on the
limited number of slots available. We’ll inform you if your submission has been rejected, but we
won’t necessarily be able to give specific feedback or enter into further correspondence.

This is a submissions process, not a competition, so we won’t be announcing ‘winners’. Commissioned titles will be announced in due course as part of our standard publication schedule. If you are commissioned, your title won’t be published before 2019 or 2020, possibly later, and we may not be able to assign a publication slot immediately. We will discuss the writing, editing and publication process in more detail with participants whose submissions are successful.