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Taking Submissions: Black Girl Magic #4 – Horror Issue

September 15, 2016


Deadline: September 15th, 2016
Payment: $50 usd

Thanks for your interest in submitting to Black Girl Magic Lit Mag’s Oct. 2016 All Horror Issue
Submit stories in DOC, DOCX or RTF format. Standard Manuscript Format is strongly preferred. Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial, in 12 pt.

Turnaround time for responses is one month following the end of your submission month. (e.g. if you submit during September, we’ll respond no later than October 31.)

If you haven’t received a response by the end of the following month, please query.


We CURRENTLY pay $50 per short story and $25 for non-fiction.

In 2017 we are establishing a Patreon in order to start paying our authors $0.03 – .08cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for First World Rights.

Authors will also receive a free print and eBook copy of the anthology in which their story appears.

Black Girl Magic accepts first world eBook and print rights, and non-exclusive anthology rights for Black Girl Magic’s biannual anthologies. We also accept non-exclusive online rights to publish and archive your story on our website.


  • Mainstream fiction with elements of the fantastic mixed in
  • Dark fantasy / science fiction
  • Magic realism (“a literary genre or style that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction—called also magical realism”)
  • Surrealism: (“the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations”)

Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary.


We are not a market for graphic, violent horror. The “horror” should be subtle and fall in with one or more of the themes above.


Black Girl Magic Magazine reserves one slot each month for an author who has never had a professional-rate sale* before. This is to ensure that Black Girl Magic Magazine will always be a welcoming and open market to new/un-established authors.

In addition to publication, an author selected for our New Author Spotlight will be interviewed by Black Girl Magic, with the interview featured on our website & in the magazine.

If you’re eligible for our New Author Spotlight, please check “Yes” on the submission form.

NOTE: The New Author Spotlight doesn’t mean we ONLY publish one story from a new author each month – we’re happy to fill an entire issue with new authors. The Spotlight guarantees that un-established authors are never excluded from Black Girls are Magic Magazine.

* “Professional” refers to any short fiction or poetry sale which paid at least 5¢ per word, or any novel sale which paid at least $2,000.


We will not be accepting unsolicited fiction reprints.


Response times will vary depending on volume, but may average two weeks. Query after one month (include title and date submitted).

Via: Black Girl Magic. (click here to submit.)


September 15, 2016