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


Editor-in-Chief Laura Roberts currently serves as Black Heart’s default Fiction Editor, plucking jewels from the slush pile and posting them on a weekly basis. She also curates all of the fiction chosen for Black Heart’s digital issues. As you can imagine, it’s a big job! But it’s time to pass the torch.

The Fiction Editor will choose all short fiction pieces to be published both online and in print, 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 kind of mag, 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
  • Approximately 5-10 hours a week to devote to the position

Chosen Fiction Editor(s) will be required to complete a competency test as well as a 2-month trial period, to ensure a good match. This trial period will begin in January 2015. Deadline to apply for this position is December 28th, midnight.

To Apply

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

  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. Seriously, we don’t give a damn where you work. Also, this position – like all Black Heart postions – is unpaid. We will, however, gladly write you all manner of recommendation letters for a job well done.


We’re looking for quirky, fun-loving, literary-minded Guest Curators for our upcoming quarterly issues. Guest Curators will function as honorary Fiction and/or Poetry Editors for one issue, selecting appropriate pieces centered on a theme of their choice.

Quarterly issues are slated to appear in March, June, September and December, with our debut issue to be released in September 2014. Guest Curators will be assigned to issues starting with the March 2015 issue.

Although preference will be given to those applicants with literary and/or editorial background, all are welcome to apply. Creativity and enthusiasm for the project are ultimately more important than experience.

To Apply

Send a brief cover letter, using our contact form and the subject line “Guest Curator,” explaining:

  1. What theme you’d choose for your issue;
  2. What experience you have (if any) in the literary realm (writing, editing, professional or amateur projects, etc.); and
  3. Why you are the ideal person to spearhead this issue.

If you have any special preference for which quarter you’d like to participate in curating, please also indicate this. Otherwise chosen candidates will be assigned to the first available issue.


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.”


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)

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.”


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.


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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