Black Cat Magazine
Black Cat Magazine is a literary magazine that focuses on speculative fiction, poetry, and art. It was founded in March 2021 by radical, queer, nonbinary and multigender writers, artists, and musicians. We nominate for the Pushcart Prize.
Our mission is to use literature and art to help build a culture rooted in liberation, non-hierarchical relationships, and community-based participatory institutions.
We are anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-queerphobic and transphobic, antifascist, and anti-imperialist.
We love to amplify other artistic voices from marginalized communities (Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQIA+/GSRM, neurodivergent, folks living with disabilities, etc). It's one of our goals, in fact. If you are a member of one of these communities then we strongly encourage you to submit your work.
We publish work from both seasoned authors and artists and newcomers to the publishing world. We love publishing good work by people who are new, unpublished, and up and coming.
We are partial to fantasy and science fiction. We love stories, poetry, and art that tell tales of resistance, building better worlds and stronger communities, equity and justice, and revolutionary ideals.
We don't only accept stories, poems, and art that are overtly political. "Revolutionary art and literature" can mean a lot of things. But we'll never publish work that is reactionary, racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic, that poses capitalism or corporations as the solution to social problems, or that glorifies violence against marginalized communities or sex workers.
If you have an original work of fiction, poetry, or art that falls outside the speculative SFF genres that doesn't mean we won't publish it, especially if it fits within our mission and the scope of work.
Black Cat Magazine is produced on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, their descendants are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon, and continue to make important contributions in their communities and across the land that is now referred to as Oregon.
We acknowledge the traditional homelands and sovereignty of the Kalapuya peoples. We express our respect for all Tribal Nations of Oregon. This includes the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, the Klamath Tribes and other other indigenous tribes that are not federally recognized. We also express our respect for all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon their home.
(**This Land Acknowledgement was taken and modified from the University of Oregon Libraries website)