For Authors, Poets and Artists
is open for submissions! We are seeking short fiction in the length of 500 to 3500 words and poetry in any length up to four pages. See footnote below for art subs. We are particularly interested in work from unpublished or underpublished writers and artists.
Black Petals is about the dark side of Science Fiction and the bizarre and unusual in Horror. Give us your best and most bizarre tales and your most chilling poetry and we will do the rest. We publish quarterly and we produce a very professional magazine.
Keeping this in mind, please don't waste our time with "Star Trek" or any other copyrighted characters. We can't use them and they will not be read or returned. We don't care much for vampire or werewolf tales either, unless they are extremely well-written and totally bizarre.
We are not prudes, but we will not accept any work in which graphic sex or violence serve no purpose other than to "spice up" the tale. Rape scenes and "splatter punk" do not impress us. Finally, we will not accept any work that contains sexual exploitation or abuse of children, animals or dead people. (Can't believe we had to put that in there, but a recent submission that involved necrophilia made it necessary.) Other than that, the sky's pretty much the limit and we will read and reply to all submissions as time permits.
All work must be typewritten, reasonably error-free and clean enough to be scanned into our computer. We would prefer it be available by email or on disk, should we accept it. We do not accept email submissions, except from writers overseas.
Payment at this time for stories and poems is one contributor's copy, plus braggin' rights. Same for artwork, except for covers. We offer three copies for color cover work. We also offer discounts on any issue in which your work appears. Authors and artists retain all rights to their work, after our one-time publication. Please include a SASE if you want your manuscript or artwork back. Otherwise, mark it as disposable-(all unaccepted manuscripts are shredded to protect copyrights.)
If you do horror art or science fiction art, we'd like to see your work! We cannot pay money for artwork, however, we can help you increase your portfolio of published work. Submit
samples (not originals!) to address below. We will accept color illustrations for covers and B&W illos for stories.
Black Petals maintains an archive of all work published here. If you ever publish with us and later lose a story or poem, chances are we still have it and can recover it for you.
Our address is:
Black Petals Magazine
Wichita KS 67209
Kenneth James Crist, Editor