Black Ink Horror Magazine
A Special Note to Authors:
is officially open for submissions
! We have already filled our special promotional issue. Dubbed BLACK INK HORROR #0, this 20-page, saddle-bound issue will feature three short fiction stories, each lavishly illustrated with two pieces of pen and ink artwork. BIH #0 will be used for promotions and give-aways in tandem with the launch of our debut issue. Limited to a print run under 100, this magazine will be given free to those who preorder our first issue.
In addition to our promotional issue, we have also filled our first two issues! Issue #3, due out September, 2007, is still open for submissions.
Issue #0 is now filled!
Issue #1 (February) FILLED
Issue #2 (May) FILLED
Issue #3 (September) OPEN
As issue #0 will be given away, payment will be one (1) copy of Issue #0 and $5 paid via Pay-Pal. Please peruse our guidelines below before submitting.
Thank you, in advance, for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
Tim Manning Editor-in-chief BLACK INK HORROR
BIH is looking for quality horror fiction—sub-genre, movement, or subject matter doesn’t concern us an iota. We want compelling, chilling stories that exude a strong voice and solid writing. If your story seizes the editor’s attention from the first page, and never lets go, then you’re likely to get a sale. Vampires, zombies, werewolves, and other creatures of the night are an integral part of the genre, and they will certainly make appearances in our pages. I must caution, however, that if you do send a story featuring one of these oft-used icons, it should present a unique twist on it the old idea. Gore and sex are not a problem; in fact, we have artists that are just itching to get nasty with the inks. With that said, we prefer our extreme horror well written and purposeful. Intense, brutally described scenes of depravity are always so much better when presented with eloquent prose. Stories that manage to unnerve and frighten the editor will be snatched up immediately.
Submitted tales should be between 1000 and 3000 words. We believe that there are enough good, unpublished tales available to fill the magazine, so we’re not incredibly interested in printing previously published work. We will, however, consider running one reprint per issue, but that story will have to be extra special. If you have a reprint you would like us to consider, please query first.
All submitted fiction should be in manuscript format.
* Courier New, 12pt font
* Double spaced
* 1” margins all around
* NO extra spaces between paragraphs
* 5 space tabbed indents
* Section breaks should be denoted by a centered ‘###’
* Title should begin half way down the first page. Author’s name below that.
* Contact information in the upper left corner of the first page
* Approximate word count in the upper right
* Please do NOT include headers or footers
Now, if you chose to ignore these guidelines, you do so at your own risk (And doing so will certainly not earn you any brownie points with this editor.)
All submitted fiction should be proofread and reasonably free of mistakes. Typos are an unfortunate part of writing, and a couple minor errors are certainly excusable. We do, not, however, want unpolished or sloppy submissions. Stories with copious errors, or poor use of grammar/spelling will be promptly rejected.
The subject line of your email should read: FICTION SUBMISSION #0/ (Name of story)
In the body of the email, please feel free to introduce yourself, and to give us some of your published credits. Don’t worry if you don’t have any; we’re judging stories on their merit alone, not on where your work has appeared before.
Stories should be attached as .rtf or Word files. DO NOT send your story in the body of an email.
Submission should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, no multiple submissions. Send us only one piece of work at time. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but if your story is snatched up by another market, we do expect you to do the courteous thing by letting us know.
Payment for selected fiction is $10, paid via Pay-Pal.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. For the fastest results—and to insure that your email isn’t lost in the slush pile—please put QUERY in the subject line of your email.
The staff at BLACK INK HORROR will endeavor to respond to submissions as fast as humanly possible. Upon receipt of your story, we will send out a confirmation email. If you don’t receive one within two days of mailing your sub, assume that we didn’t get it. Currently, we expect our response times to be less than 30 days. If 30 days have passed, and you haven’t heard from us, please don’t hesitate to inquire as to the status of your submission.
As mentioned earlier, BLACK INK HORROR will feature only pure pen and ink artwork. Although we currently have a staff of ten incredibly talented artists, we will be happy to look at samples from an interested illustrator.
If you are interested in illustrating for BIH, please send us an email with the subject: ART QUERY/ (and your last name).
In the body of the email, please tell us a little about yourself. If you have a suitably themed online gallery or portfolio, include a link.
work should be pen and ink only and should have no digital or photographic components.
Because we are a horror magazine, we would like to see macabre art. If your gallery contains a variety of mediums and subjects besides horror-themed line work, please select three or four images that would best represent how one of your horror illustrations would look. These can be attached as jpegs to an email.
We currently pay $10 ($5 each) for two, 8” x 5” illustrations. All payments will be made via Pay-Pal.