Work With Us

Want to be a part of the best literary magazine online? We’re currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:

FICTION EDITOR

Our current setup involves two Fiction Editors, working together to pluck jewels from the slush pile and post them on a weekly basis. As you can imagine, it’s a big job!

Fiction Editors choose all short fiction pieces to be published online, and therefore the Fiction Editor’s taste must be impeccably awesome, without being dryly academic or alienatingly experimental. You should, of course, read the magazine to get an idea of what we like and publish. This ain’t your university’s lit mag.

We’re a laid back bunch, but here are a few qualifications that must be met if you intend to apply:

  • Basic grasp of US English spelling, grammar, punctuation
  • Some experience publishing a blog using WordPress (ideally, give us some examples of blogs you’ve run/worked on)
  • Skill in selecting appropriate public domain/copyleft photos to accompany stories
  • Personable via email
  • Reliable internet connection (all work is done online, from wherever in the world you are)
  • Approximately 10 hours a week to devote to the position

Selected applicants will be required to complete an editing test, to ensure the best match. Additionally, a trial period of two months as Assistant Editor will begin in September 2015.

Deadline to apply for this position is August 30th, midnight.

TO APPLY

Send a brief cover letter via our contact form, using the subject line “Fiction Editor,” that includes all of the following:

  1. Your previous experience (if any) editing fiction and/or working for literary magazines;
  2. Your vision for the position;
  3. Any special skills you bring to the table; and
  4. Links to all of your social media profiles.

DO NOT send your résumé or we will delete your application unread. (Seriously, we don’t give a damn where you work, and we don’t want attachments. And if you can’t follow simple directions, you’re not going to fit in well here, either.) Also, this position – like all Black Heart positions – is unpaid. We will, however, gladly write you recommendation letters for a job well done, sing your praises on social media, and otherwise inform the world about how great you are.

COLUMNISTS

Got something to say about reading, writing, or the literary community? We’re looking for monthly columnists to write creative and intelligent commentary related to the worldwide literary scene.

In addition to publishing awesome new fiction and poetry, we aim to connect with the literary community by offering timely commentary concerning books, authors, publishing (both traditional and digital), and other literary topics.

Columnists will be responsible for writing one blog post per month, 1,000 words or less, on a topic of their choosing.

Current examples of columns that appear on our site include:

We are also interested in adding more author interviews and “book-to-movie” reviews. (See below for Book Review guidelines.)

To Apply

Pitch us your idea for a column, including a title and the general type content you’d like to cover. Please include links to relevant writing samples, and tell us about any previous writing experience you have.

Send your complete application in by using our contact form and the subject line “BH Columnist.”

BOOK REVIEWERS

We love books, and we’d love to feature more reviews here on our site. To that end, we’re looking for Book Reviewers with a specific genre they’d like to pursue in a monthly column. Available genres for reviews include:

  • Action/Adventure
  • Bizarro
  • Erotica
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • Book to Movie Reviews (see our Submission Guidelines for complete details on this one)
  • AND MORE!

To Apply

Got what it takes? Apply for the position by telling us (briefly) about yourself and your literary interests, what you’re reading right now and what genre you’d like to review. We’d also like to read a sample review of a book from your chosen genre; this can be a previously published review (just send us the link) or a piece specifically written for your application. Send your complete application in by using our contact form and the subject line “Book Reviewer.”

WRITERS

We’re always looking for great new writers, particularly for our (nonfictional) Character Crushes and new Vivacious Villains columns. We are also looking for highly opinionated small press and indie book reviewers, as well as short fictionistas and poets.

To Apply

Send us your best work via our submissions system, after reading our guidelines.

READERS

Like reading our website? Always want to be the first to know about the literary stars of tomorrow? Have a thirst for power, and the ability to succinctly state your case for stories that rock your world? Become one of our kick-ass readers!

To Apply

Email Editor-in-Chief Laura Roberts via our contact form with a brief cover letter explaining what you’d bring to the slush pile, plus a top 5 list of your desert island books, and details concerning any prior experience working for literary magazines. Please use “BH Reader” as your subject line, and indicate your preference of short fiction vs. poetry.

Thanks for your interest in working with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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