PLEASE NOTE: Black Heart is currently CLOSED to regular submissions as we compile our themes for 2017. We will reopen to regular submissions as of March 3, 2017.
Black Heart accepts submissions in all genres of previously unpublished works of poetry and short fiction, with a word count of 2,500 words max.
Starting in 2017, we will publish quarterly themed issues, beginning with our DISARM anthology in April 2017. Additional info will be added to this page as new themes are developed.
Please read and abide by the specific guidelines (listed below) for the section to which you’d like to submit. We look forward to reading your work.
SHORT FICTION: Short pieces to a maximum of 2,500 words are accepted. All genres are considered. We do NOT accept novel excerpts. Please send only one story at a time, and wait for a response to that piece before submitting another. Simultaneous submissions (i.e. sending the same piece to several different publications) are fine; simply withdraw your piece from our system if it is accepted elsewhere. Writers have a choice between Fee and Free submissions; fee-based submissions will receive brief feedback on submitted work, whereas free submissions will only receive a form acceptance or rejection letter. Submit short fiction here.
POETRY: Poetry submissions of up to 3 poems in one document are accepted. We do not care for epic or rhyming poetry. Poems that require special formatting are also frowned upon, as our site does not support convoluted text orientation. Writers have a choice between Fee and Free submissions; fee-based submissions will receive brief feedback on submitted work, whereas free submissions will only receive a form acceptance or rejection letter. Submit your poetry here.
Varies. As we are going through editorial and formatting shifts, response times can be up to 6 months. We understand this is a long time to wait for a reply, which is why we accept simultaneous submissions. Please be patient; we read every piece submitted in the order it’s received.
No monetary payment is available, as Black Heart’s day-to-day activities – like those of most literary magazines – are run on the sunshine and rainbows that emanate from our volunteer staffers’ asses. Contributors to our anthologies and issues will receive electronic copies of the collection in which their piece appears.
Please do not send us work that you would not want to see published on our site. This may sound obvious, but note that we will not “unpublish” your work if you have a change of heart. Consider our website as written in pen, not pencil – just like the rest of the Internet – and use a pseudonym if you must.
Black Heart reserves the right to edit all pieces considered for publication, both for obvious typographical/spelling/grammatical errors and for alignment with our internal style guide and overall editorial vision. The editing process remains the same for all submitters, regardless of perceived stature and cover letter name-drops.
Writers intent on making our editors’ lives difficult will be added to a blacklist that fires all email from said writers directly into the sun. Piss off our editors at your own peril.
If you don’t like or agree with any of these policies, we cordially invite you to submit your work elsewhere.
How to Submit
Send us your best work via our submissions manager. Options are available for each genre; please choose appropriately (i.e. make sure your “poetry” submission is actually a poem and not a short story, as they will be routed to different editors). Stories that surpass our stated word limits will not be read.
(Last updated 20 January 2017)