Work With Us

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


Since we’re not your average literary magazine, we don’t want your average snooze-inducing book reviews. (Read a few of our previously posted reviews here for reference.)

So, if you’ve got a point of view that tells it like it is – good, bad or downright ugly – we want to hear from you.

We’d love to have you post reviews on our site at least once a month, but even once a year is great.

NOTE: As with all of our positions, there’s no payment for this gig, except free books and a byline on our site.

To Apply

Love to read? Ready to share your opinions with the world? Send us a sample book review (either something you’ve already written and posted, or something brand new) and write us a short cover letter naming 3 to 5 of your favorite writers. Not the ones you put on your bookshelf to impress people, but your REAL favorites – the ones that really get under your skin and make you want to sit down and bleed at the keyboard yourself.

Email us through our contact page with the subject line “Black Hearted Book Reviewer.”


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 above for Book Reviewer 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’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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