Submission Guidelines


Submissions sent during closed periods will not be reviewed.


The theme for Issue 2 Apocalypse. In so much of the popular imagination, an apocalypse is the end of the world as we know it, the end of everything. For Indigenous peoples worldwide, it's the end of the world(s) before colonization. Or, maybe, it's a revelation, an uncovering of something hidden, new, and maybe even better...


Black Cat Magazine focuses on speculative fiction, poetry, and art. So send us your fantasy, science fiction, slipstream, magical realism, dystopian fiction, hopepunk/solarpunk, steampunk, cyberpunk and all the other punks. But we are also open to publishing anything that moves us. So if your work fits the theme, but isn't so much on the speculative side, that's okay. Send it anyway!


Before you submit your work please read the following submission guidelines in full, then if you are still interested in submitting to Black Cat Magazine we look forward to reviewing your work. If you are uncertain about any of the guidelines or what they mean, please email us and ask questions. If you have trouble with the document formatting guidelines don't sweat it too much. Correct formatting is nice, but as long as we can read your work, that's what is most important us.


If you feel any of the technical guidelines create a barrier that hinders access to submitting your work, please email us and we'll be happy to work out alternatives with you.


  • Submissions are now open for our inaugural issue.

    • Submissions are currently CLOSED.

    • Submissions for Issue #2 will open on July 1, 2021.

    • The theme for our first issue is Revolution. This is very broad. A story, poem, or piece of art doesn't have to be overtly political to be revolutionary. There are countless ways this can be applied to your work and submission. Be creative, and of course follow the guidelines below!

  • Responding to all submissions is important to us, and we do our best to respond in a timely manner. However, if you have not received a response within 45 days of your submission, feel free to inquire by sending us an email. Please do not inquire before then.

  • Multiple submissions are allowed. See below for specific fiction, poetry, and art guidelines.

  • We don't generally provide feedback on rejected submissions. We'd love to, but we just don't have the time.

  • All submissions are done via email, send submissions to

  • Please title your email with the following format [Submission Type - Your Name] [Poetry - Joe Smith]

  • Please include the following with your submission:​​

    • ​In your email​
      • a brief cover letter

        • to introduce yourself

        • give us your Twitter handle if any (so we can promote your work on Twitter if published)

        • tell us what other publications your work has appeared in (If you have not been published before don't worry! We love publishing good work by emerging authors and artists).

      • a third person bio of no more than 100 words​​

    • As attachments​

      • your stories or poems as .doc, .docx, .rft, or .txt

      • .png or .jpeg attachments if you are submitting visual art.

  • If you are submitting work in more than one category (fiction, poetry, or art), please send separate email submissions for your work in each category.

  • 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 and feel free to tell us about your community in your cover letter if you would like.

  • We do accept previously published stories, poems, and art because we want to help authors and artists get their work in front of as many people as possible. All we ask is that if you submit a previously published piece, that you indicate in your cover letter or summary which piece(s) it is and what publication it first appeared in so that we can give them first pub credit.

  • Since we accept previously published work, we also accept simultaneous submissions, But please let us if your work is accepted elsewhere so that if we publish it we can give proper credit to the magazine that publishes it first.

  • If we accept your work, please do not publish it elsewhere or (re)post it online before publication in Black Cat.

  • We are a paying market. insist on valuing artists and authors as workers by paying them for their work when we publish it. Our current rate is $30 per published contribution. Our goal is to pay more, but that depends on the success of the magazine and our fundraising efforts. At this time all payments are made via PayPal only.

  • We are trying to operate on a donation-based model. But due to the nature of the industry, our insistence on paying authors and artists for their work, and on keeping the magazine accessible by being available for free, it is possible that we will eventually have to charge at least a small submission fee unless fundraising efforts are really successful.


  • We do accept submissions of stories where talking cats are the main character. We'd be huge hypocrites if we didn't.

  • We do not accept non-fiction submissions.

  • We do not accept submissions of translated work at this time.

  • We do not accept submissions of work in languages other than English at this time but hope to in the future. 

  • We do not accept work that holds up capitalism and corporations as the solution to social problems. We also do not accept work that is classist, reactionary, fascist, or that glorifies imperialism. 

  • We do not accept work that is hypersexual or overly gruesome in nature. This is not because there is anything wrong with a lot of sex and gore in art and storytelling. It's simply a matter of the fact that we don't enjoy reading it enough to get bogged down in submissions of such work. 

  • We strive to ensure that our magazine and website is a space where everyone in our reading and broader community feels welcome and safe. In that spirit we strictly enforce the following content guidelines:

    • We do not accept work espousing views that are

      • racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, Hinduphobic, anti-Sikh, xenophobic, or anti-immigrant

      • patriarchal, sexist, toxically masculine, fatphobic, or misogynist

      • heteronormative, queerphobic, or transphobic

      • ableist or audistic. 

      • We understand that stories and art may include elements of these things, particularly (for example) dystopian stories. But there is what we believe to be a clear difference between these elements being present in your story and your story glorifying or advocating for these things.

        • Punching up, however, is perfectly acceptable in Black Cat Magazine.

    • We also do not accept work that

      • disparages sex workers, or that glorifies or sexualizes violence against them

      • glorifies or sexualizes violence against people of marginalized genders or races

      • reduces people from marginalized genders or races to objects or otherwise dehumanizes them.

      • sexualizes or glorifies violence against children

  • Black Cat Magazine reserves the right to place trigger warning notices on any work that we accept for publishing if we feel it is warranted in order to ensure our magazine is a welcoming and safe space for all our readers. We will work with artists and authors as needed to determine the appropriate and correct warnings. If you are not okay with this, then we encourage you to submit your work elsewhere.


  • You may submit up to a maximum five poems or five pages of poetry at a time, whichever is shortest.

  • Please use modern Shunn format for your submission (it's easy we promise!)

  • ​Accepted file types include .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .txt.



  • You may submit up to maximum of one short story at a time that is no more than 3500 words, OR up to three flash fiction stories that are no more than 1200 words each.

  • We will also consider short story series that don't conform to the above wordcounts. Please just indicate in your cover letter that your submission is a series and how many issues you feel would be best for publishing.

  • Please use modern Shunn format for you submission (it's easy we promise!)

  • Accepted file types include .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .txt.


  • You may submit up to a maximum of three works of visual art (including photography) at a time.

  • For accessibility purposes, as part of your submission summary please include the title and a written physical description for each individual piece of visual art you submit.

  • All art submissions must be high resolution .jpeg or .png file (.png preferred) that are at least 300 dpi. 



  • By submitting your original work to us, you grant Black Cat Magazine first Worldwide print and electronic publication rights, and you guarantee that the submission is your own work.

  • In addition, Black Cat Magazine reserves nonexclusive archival and anthology rights to all work we accept for publishing.​ 

  • We don't ever own your work. All rights return to the author or artist immediately after publication. 

  • If you publish your work elsewhere at a later date, we kindly ask that you include a note that the piece was originally published in Black Cat Magazine.


Now that you've read our About page, our FAQ, and our Submission Guidelines you should have a better feel for who we are and the kind of work we publish. If you feel your work is a good fit for Black Cat Magazine, then please go ahead send us your submission. 

Submissions are only accepted via email. Send your submissions to