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Black Elephant

We are a journal dedicated to changing the literary landscape by publishing those voices that wish to challenge form, push boundaries, and shake free from the confines of established conventions. Our minimalist vehicle and the one line bio ensure a level playing field for artists and an environment in which their exceptional contributions are showcased without distraction. We welcome the textural, visceral, and subtle voices of the linguistic pioneer and the visual maven.


FNASR Statement: By submitting to Black Elephant, you are agreeing to grant us First North American Serial Rights, permission to archive your work in perpetuity, the right to use submitted work in future Black Elephant anthologies, and permission to showcase your work across Black Elephant platforms.

Essay Fee: usd $3.75

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Essays

Submit essays under 2000 words.

We accept simultaneous submissions in this category. Please contact us immediately if your essay is accepted elsewhere.

*We prefer the philosophical and essays that interrogate social issues.*

*We are flexible on word count with essays.*

Contributor Pay: $5.00 per acceptance.

Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction Fee: usd $3.75

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Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction

Please submit stories between 2000 and 5000 words.

We accept simultaneous submissions in this category, but please contact us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere.

Contributor Pay: $5.00 per acceptance.

Member of a Marginalized Community AND Experiencing Financial Difficulty Free Tip Jar Option

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We want to ensure that our publication is accessible to artists who may not have the resources to pay the reading fee. Please submit here if you meet the two requirements of being a member of a marginalized community AND experiencing financial difficulty.

Personalized Feedback on your Submission Fee: usd $11.00

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Due to the volume of submission we receive, it is not possible to provide personal feedback on all submissions. If you would like personalized feedback on your submission from out editors, submit using this link for all genres.

Photography Fee: usd $3.75

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Photography

Submit up to five black and white photos.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions in this category.

Contributor Pay: $5.00 per acceptance. Please note, we do not pay per photo. If we accept more than one photo, the contributor will still be paid $5.00.

Poetry Fee: usd $3.75

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Please submit up to, but no more than, five poems at a time.

We accept simultaneous submissions in this category. Please let us know immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Contributor Pay: $5.00 per acceptance. Please note, we do not pay per poem. If we accept more than one poem, the contributor will still be paid $5.00.

Short Film Fee: usd $3.75

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Short Film

We accept short films under ten minutes in length. We are looking for compelling/sumptuous/challenging visuals covering any subject matter in a variety of styles/forms including stop-motion and animation. Note: We can allow for some flexibility if you have a ten minute short but the credits take the TRT over this limit.

We do accept simultaneous submissions in this category. Please contact us immediately if your film is accepted elsewhere.

Contributor Pay: $5.00 per acceptance.

Spoken Word Fee: usd $3.75

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Spoken Word

Submit your audio file under four minutes in length. IMPORTANT: We can only accept MP3 files.

We accept simultaneous submissions in this category. Please contact us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

Contributor Pay: $5.00 per acceptance.

Twenty Four Hour Response Fee: usd $15.00

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We understand waiting can be annoying sometimes. If you would like us to respond to your submission with personalized feedback from our editors within twenty-fours submit using this link for all genres.

Visual Art Fee: usd $3.75

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Visual Art


For regular issues please submit up to five high resolution photos of your black and white art for consideration.

If you're submitting for a color issue, please indicate that in your cover letter. Please submit up to five high resolution photos of your full color artworks.

JPG and PNG files only.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions in this category.

Contributor Pay: $5.00 per acceptance. Please note, we do not pay per piece. If we accept more than one piece, the contributor will still be paid $5.00.