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     We are currently accepting submissions by email only, with the story or poem pasted into the body of the email and handling the editing chores and I will be doing the website work. Guidelines remain as follows:

      We accept short fiction, poetry of any length up to four pages, and illustrations. We do not care for simultaneous submissions, as we have had issues with writers "pulling" their work after release, because they got a better offer elsewhere. If your piece IS being submitted elsewhere, please advise at time of submission. For over twenty years, Black Petals has been proud to give many authors their very first publications, and we still continue that tradition. Even though we are one of the oldest "small press" mags on the net, we are still about new talent.

     Black Petals is about the dark side of Science Fiction, and the bizarre and unusual in Horror. Give us your best, most bizarre tales and your most chilling poetry. We will do the rest because we strive to publish a quarterly, very professional magazine.

     Keeping this in mind, please do not waste our time with manuscripts containing Star Trek or any other copyrighted characters. They will be discarded. Work in which graphic sex or violence serves only to “spice up” the tale, rape scenes, and “splatter punk” don’t impress us; neither does focusing on ‘sexploitation’ or abuse of children, animals or dead people. Other than that, go for it, and we will try our best to read and reply to all submissions.

     Authors, please e-mail queries first—to A.M. Stickel, Editor, at If you want your book reviewed, query first, and then, if requested, please sign, date and mail a copy to her at: 1164 Green Valley Rd., Watsonville, CA 95076-0616. We would love to promote you; however, online-only manuscripts will not be reviewed at this time. Overseas submissions, following queries (in English), will also be considered, as long as they are in appropriate digital format and do not require extensive copyediting. 

     Payment at this time is limited to bragging rights. Authors and artists retain all rights to their material after our one-time publication. We require First Worldwide Electronic Rights for 18 months, after which we normally archive our websites so readers can see back issues. Your story or poem will be yours to do with as you like, but will still appear indefinitely on our domain. If you wish to have your material pulled after it appears once, please let us know!

     Black Petals’ copyeditor likes to see author-information-only on the 1st page, followed by a page (not numbered) with title and author byline at the top, then 2 blank lines, and, finally, the story, continuing with story, only, for as many pages as it takes. Manuscripts from 300 to 3000 words are preferred, especially those running between 1000 and 2000 words. Material must be pasted into the body of an e-mail.

     Artists, if you do horror or science fiction art, we'd like to see your work! We cannot pay for artwork, but we can help you increase your portfolio of published work. 

Inquiries are welcomed by email at: . We are looking for new talent to do custom artwork to suit each story we decide to publish.   Art assignments will be sent by email and artists typically will have at least 30 days to complete and return their work.  Work should be submitted as a .jpg file in 300 dpi density. DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS. If you can't scan it, send a good color copy by regular mail to:

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Wichita, KS  67209