Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Black Fox!

Black Fox Literary Magazine is a print and online biannual publication featuring quality fiction of all styles and genres, poetry, and nonfiction. Our Summer issue is published the last week in July, and the Winter issue is published the last week in January. We accept general submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for each issue during the following periods:

Summer (2017) Issue Submission Period: March 6, 2017–May 7, 2017.
Winter (2018) Issue Submission Period: September 1, 2017–November 30, 2017.

Submissions received after the last day of the submission period will not be considered for that issue.

We accept submissions for the following categories year-round:

Submission with Donation
Submission with Expedited Response of 4 Weeks
Submission with Expedited Response of 2 Weeks
Submission with Feedback (Fiction Only)
Submission with Feedback + Expedited Response of 2 weeks – Fiction Only
Blog Posts

Cover Art

We are looking for artwork to feature on the covers of our issues. Please do not send more than five pieces of art at a time. If submitting multiple pieces, we prefer images to be in one document. Review previous issues to get a feel for our tastes. Send your best artwork, including drawings, photographs etc. through our submission manager found here


We’re always looking for quality fiction to publish in our biannual issues. We accept work based on merit and not based on genre. We enjoy receiving submissions from under-represented genres such as: YA, romance, flash fiction, mystery, etc. We ask that you keep submissions to 5,000 words or less and follow our guidelines for preparing your manuscript. Submit your fiction through our submission manager found here.

Creative Nonfiction

We’re looking for personal essays and other creative nonfiction. There is no submission fee, but please prepare your manuscript according to our guidelines.


We don’t have many requirements for poetry, but please send only five poems at a time in one document. Poems do not have to be double spaced, but poets should still use Times New Roman, 12 pt. font and the poet’s last name/page number should still appear in the top right hand corner of every page.

Blog Posts

We’re always looking for contributors for the Black Fox blog. We are particularly interested in articles on the craft of writing, book reviews, book news, and publishing news. If it’s writing, book, or publishing related, then this is the place for it. If we like your article we’ll publish it to our blog. Submit your articles through our submission manager found here.

Preparing Your Manuscript:

Please make sure your manuscript is double-spaced with 12 point font (Times New Roman). Submissions should be no more than 5,000 words. Author’s name and page number should appear in the top right hand corner of every page.

To Submit:

We accept submissions through our submission Manager found here. We only accept online submissions. We DO NOT accept submissions by email. If submissions are sent via email they will automatically be discarded without notice. Send only one submission per submission period. We do not accept previously published work. We accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you withdraw your work via Submittable (add a note if withdrawing one poem at a time) if your work is accepted elsewhere. Past contributors, please wait until at least one full submission period has passed before submitting again.  Please note: response time can take up to six months, though we aim for 3-4 months.


We do hope to pay our writers in the future. However, we can’t offer payment just yet. Because we are such a small publication, we are not able to supply contributor copies at this time. All of our issues are available via our website for free. Accepted writers will be published in one of our issues depending on the submission period. The first place winner of our writing contest will receive a cash prize of $125.