Black Heart Magazine is an independent online literary magazine, transmitting tenacious text around the world at the speed of wifi. Since 2004, our site has been combating clichés and skipping straight to supercharged stories with a simple catchphrase: we heart art.

Join us, if you dare. Or read more about what we’re looking for in our editor interviews at the Review Review and Duotrope.

Our Mission

We publish the best in short-form modern literature, from pulp and literary fiction to poetry, along with all manner of literary commentary to keep readers informed and entertained. You’ll find new writing by both up-and-coming and established authors, and we nominate pieces annually for Best of the Net as well as the Pushcart Prize.

Publishing Schedule

We have recently switched to a thrice-yearly publishing cycle. New issues will appear in March, June and September, along with the occasional special issue or anthology (check out our first anthology, NOIR, guest edited by crime fictionista Jimmy Callaway; our 10-year anniversary issue of the Best of Black Heart; and our forthcoming anti-gun anthology, DISARM).

Our reading period never ends; we accept submissions year-round, but typically take December and January off to celebrate typical North American holidays.

In addition to our daily output, we also publish digital anthologies featuring different genres to keep your e-readers buzzing with new content. Check out our first anthology, NOIR, guest edited by crime fictionista Jimmy Callaway, as well as our 10-year anniversary issue of the Best of Black Heart. Beginning in 2014 we will publish yearly “Best Of” anthologies, as well as a September collection of short fiction on a given theme.


Who’s driving this thing? Check out our contributors page for more details on our fabulous volunteer staff, along with our illustrious list of Kick-Ass Alumni.

Support Literary Art

Like what you see? We do this for the love, not the money. Consider supporting our team with a purchase in our store, where we sell back-issues of our beautifully designed print mag as PDFs, as well as copies of our digital anthologies in all e-reader formats. We also offer a “fee submissions” option for those who want a bit of feedback on their submissions in the event of rejection – a great way for beginning writers to learn more about honing their craft.

For the terminally cash-strapped supporter, click to follow us on Facebook, sign up for our mailing list, grab our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter or Pinterest to stay involved and voice your opinions.

Get Involved

Submit! Check our submissions page for more details on what we’re looking to publish and jump in with your best work.

You can also find more ways to get involved by checking our “Work With Us” page for our occasional volunteer postings.

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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