Black Heart's 2018 Themes

Black Heart’s 2018 Themes

After much consideration, our 2018 themes have been chosen for Black Heart’s triannual (3x/year) issues. They are:

  • APRIL 2018: A World Without Men
  • AUGUST 2018: Sugar High
  • DECEMBER 2018: We’ll Always Have Paris (Or Will We?)

Please read on for more in-depth descriptions of what we’ll be looking for during each reading period.

A World Without Men

All female and female-identified writers are encouraged to contribute their ideas about what A World Without Men would look like, including the good, the bad, and the likely unforeseen. We live in a world that, daily, tells women we are not good enough. Worse, that we never WILL be good enough, because we are not men. It’s not that we are simply different, whether biologically or emotionally. We are second-class simply because. Black Heart would like you to envision a world where women are not second-class, simply because. So, whether this means that all men simply vanish tomorrow, they are somehow mysteriously killed off, they’re abducted by man-hungry space aliens, or we ladies are magically transported to a Themyscira-like island bubble, let’s talk. Ponder what that world would be like. Who would we be? What would we do? How would we learn, lead, struggle? What would our values be like? Would automatic Matriarchy be any better/worse/different than automatic Patriarchy? Tell us a story. Make it a good one.

  • SUBMISSIONS OPEN: December 1, 2017
  • SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: February 25, 2018

Sugar High

Summer’s a time of light reading, so let’s get fluffy like cotton candy and ponder the theme of Sugar High. Consider caffeine, sweeteners natural and lab-made, the way endorphins lift our moods, and our tech mimics the rush of those chemicals to the brain, causing us to click click click, more more more. Where would we be without sugar, as a society? What’s your favorite candy or sweet treat? What kinds of things (legal only, please!) get you high, inspire you, lift your spirits, improve your mood, get your heart racing, move you forward day after day? Explore the light or the dark side (or both!) of a sugary rush. Think about the sticky sweetness of youth, as well as the bittersweetness of aging. Mix your metaphors, color outside the lines, think pink, or just swirl us a candy-colored landscape in your imagination.

  • SUBMISSIONS OPEN: April 1, 2018
  • SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: July 1, 2018

We’ll Always Have Paris (Or Will We?)

Paris, City of Lights, city of love and romance. Mythical, magical Paris. Foreign, exotic Paris. Political, passionate Paris. What’s your myth about Paris? What’s your reality? What do you think of when you think of Paris? Tell us a story, set near the Seine, the Louvre, Notre-Dame, the Champs-Élysées – anywhere, so long as it features Paris past, present, future… or only in your dreams.

  • SUBMISSIONS OPEN: August 6, 2018
  • SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: October 28, 2018