Black Cat Magazine Submission Guidelines


Black Cat Magazine focuses on literary and speculative fiction, poetry, and art. So send us your fantasy, science fiction, slipstream, magical realism, etc. But we are always open to publishing non-genre writing that moves us. So if your work fits the theme, but isn't so much on the speculative genre side, that's okay. Send it anyway!

Before you submit your work, please read the following submission guidelines in full. 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 for Issue 3: Mysticism are open

    • Submissions for Issue 3 will close on October 31st at 11:59 pacific time, or when we hit 200 submissions, whichever comes first.

  • 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 30 days of the end of the end of the submission period, then please feel free to inquire by sending us an email. 

  • We do not accept multiple submissions within a single category. However, you may submit poetry, art, and fiction during the same submission period. See below for specific fiction, poetry, and art guidelines.

  • 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 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 both your email and your submission document with the following format [Submission Type - Your Name] ex: [Poetry - Joe Smith] or [Fiction - Janet Doe]

  • Please include the following with your submission:​​

    • ​In your email​
      • a very brief cover letter to tell us a bit about yourself and give us your Twitter and/or Instagram handle (if you have one) to help us promote your work if it is accepted for publication

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

    • As attachments​

      • your stories or poems in.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt format 

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

  • 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, if you would like, to tell us about your community in your cover letter.

  • 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 publication credit.

  • We do accept simultaneous submissions, But please let us if your work is accepted elsewhere while under consideration with us. Even though we do publish previously published work, we don't like to steal other magazine's thunder by publishing a piece at the same time as them. If they get to it first, we respect that.

  • If we accept your work, please do not publish it elsewhere or (re)post it online prior to official publication in Black Cat Magazine.

  • We are a paying market. We insist on valuing artists and authors as workers by paying them for the product of their creative labor 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 do accept submissions of stories where talking cats are the main character. We'd be huge hypocrites if we didn't. We've never published a cat story though, so it might be a steep hill to climb.

  • We do not accept non-fiction submissions at this time.

  • 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 romance literature and slasher horror.

  • 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 is always perfectly acceptable.

    • 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 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.

  • high resolution .jpeg or .png file that are at least 300 dpi are preferred 

Cover Art Submission Guidelines:

  • You may submit up to a maximum of three works of visual art for cover consideration.

  • 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 cover art submissions must be high resolution png file of at 300 dpi. 

  • All cover art submissions must be in portrait page orientation, and 8.5 x 11 inches in size or an equivalent size ratio.



  • By submitting your original work to us, you grant Black Cat Magazine first Worldwide 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 publication.​ 

  • 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 send us your submissions to