Black Heart accepts previously unpublished works of poetry and short fiction (1,500 words or less), as well as nonfictional items including book reviews, Best Book I Ever Read essays, Open Letters to Famous Writers, Character Crushes and Venomous Villain pieces.

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.

XO,
The Black Heart Staff

We accept short fictional pieces of up to 1,500 words. All genres are accepted. We DO NOT accept novel excerpts, as these generally don't work well on their own. Please send only one story at a time, and wait for our response before submitting another. THANKS!

NOTE: Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we can no longer personally respond to all submissions. Therefore, we have divided our submissions into fee-free and fee-based, in order to streamline the process and continue to offer helpful criticism where possible. This form is for writers that DO NOT wish to receive brief feedback on their work.

For those that prefer to receive brief feedback, please use this link instead: http://blackheartmagazine.submishmash.com/submit/8908

We accept short fictional pieces of up to 1,500 words. All genres are accepted. We DO NOT accept novel excerpts, as these generally don't work well on their own. Please send only one story at a time, and wait for our response before submitting another. THANKS!

NOTE: Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we can no longer personally respond to all submissions. Therefore, we have divided our submissions into fee-free and fee-based, in order to streamline the process and continue to offer helpful criticism where possible. This form is for writers that DO wish to receive brief feedback on their work.

Your $4 submission fee does not guarantee publication, nor a lengthy response to your piece, but you will receive brief commentary on your piece's pros and cons if it is rejected. Writers will always have the option to submit work to Black Heart for free, but please understand that paid submissions help us keep the site running, and we appreciate your donation!

Poetry of all sorts accepted, though we generally don't care for rhyming or greeting card-esque works. Concrete images and unique phrases are preferred to the same old jig. Do not include the line "I feel..." anywhere in your poetry. PERIOD.

Please include ALL 3 of your poems in ONE submission (Submishmash allows for multiple files). Do NOT send us more than 3 poems at any given time; you can send 1 or 2 poems instead of 3 if you like. Also, please please PLEASE wait until we respond to your first set of poems before sending us more. Seriously, we are inundated with tsunamis of poetry; we just don't have the time to read your entire opus, so select your best 3 and send those. THANK YOU!

NOTE: Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we can no longer respond to all submissions. Therefore, we have divided our submissions into fee-free and fee-based, in order to streamline the process and continue to offer helpful criticism where possible. This form is for writers that DO NOT wish to receive brief feedback on their work. For those that prefer to receive a written response, please click here: http://blackheartmagazine.submishmash.com/submit/8909

$ 4.00

Poetry of all sorts accepted, though we generally don't care for rhyming or greeting card-esque works. Concrete images and unique phrases are preferred to the same old jig. Do not include the line "I feel..." anywhere in your poetry. PERIOD.

Please include ALL 3 of your poems in ONE submission (Submishmash now allows for multiple files). Do NOT send us more than 3 poems at any given time; you can send 1 or 2 poems instead of 3 if you like. Also, please please PLEASE wait until we respond to your first set of poems before sending us more. Seriously, we are inundated with tsunamis of poetry; we just don't have the time to read your entire opus, so select your best 3 and send those. THANK YOU!

NOTE: Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we can no longer respond to all submissions. Therefore, we have divided our submissions into fee-free and fee-based, in order to streamline the process and continue to offer helpful criticism where possible. This form is for writers that DO wish to receive brief feedback on their work.

Your $4 submission fee does not guarantee publication, nor a lengthy response to your piece, but you will receive brief commentary on your piece's pros and cons if it is rejected. Writers will always have the option to submit work to Black Heart for free, but please understand that paid submissions help us keep the site running, and we appreciate your donation!

What’s the best book you ever read? If you’re a book lover, this question is nearly impossible to answer. But if pressed, perhaps to the “desert island” scenario, what’s your absolute favorite book — one you can (and do) read again and again?

It could be a children’s story, a classic tale, or even the most recent book you’ve read. (Just as long as you don’t claim it’s the Bible, like all the lazy politicos do!)

Tell us what makes this book so special to you, why you always need to have a copy on your bookshelf (or your e-reader), what makes it worth reading once or a thousand times, or why you’d love to trade places with its main character.

Tell us, with humor and heart, exactly what makes it The Best Book You Ever Read.

In 2,000 words or less.

Then, hit send.
We're looking for your open letters to famous writers - living or dead - with something curious to say. While we're not looking for fan mail that merely gushes over the writer's prose, we'd love to get a glimpse of what you enjoyed about their work, as well as some interesting questions you'd like answered, or maybe even a few conspiracy theories.

Pick a writer who's inspired you, and tell them why you look up to them. Or send hate mail to the writers you loathe!

It's all up for grabs - just don't get us sued.

WORD COUNT: Up to 1,500 words

Ready to tell the writers of the world what you really think of them? Submit here!
We accept strongly opinionated reviews of new books (published within the past year) and soon-to-be-released titles of the indie, self-published and small press persuasion.

We do NOT review academic titles, nonfiction of any kind, children's or YA literature.

Reviews should be a maximum of 300 words, with at least 2/3 of the review dedicated to an honest, personal response to the title in question. That means only 100 words should be summary of the book. The rest should tell us what you really think of it!

Reviews MAY NOT be written by anyone with conflicts of interest (i.e. close personal friends of the author, or the author him or herself), and should end on a positive note, recommending at least 2 additional, similar works if the overall verdict is negative.

For more instructions on how to write kick-ass reviews, please refer to this blog post from Men With Pens before submitting your piece.

This submission form is for finished reviews ready to post only. If you are unsure about any of these guidelines, or would like to query concerning a title that interests you, please use our contact form to reach our Reviews Editors.
Ever read a brilliant book that was turned into a movie? Of course you have!

But what we want to know is, did you think the book was better than the movie or vice-versa? (No, seriously... Fight Club? WAY better movie. The Fantastic Mr. Fox? Great book, great movie.)

Compare and contrast your favorite book to its film counterpart (or pick one version if, like Hamlet, there are many), and give it to us straight. Was it a faithful representation? A unique take on the book's quirks, but with the director's own flair? Or just a total piece of celluloid garbage? They can't all be perfect, but boy do they try.

Tell us what you liked about the book AND the movie, even if it wasn't quite the way you envisioned it all in your head. And tell us what you would've done differently, if you'd had the director's chair!

All reviews should focus on the transition from book to movie, not the other way around, and give a final verdict about whether you preferred the book or the movie.

All books turned into films are up for grabs, with two caveats: NO TOLKIEN, and NO STEPHEN KING. (Sorry, we just can't handle their rabid fans.)

WORD COUNT: 500-600 words
In addition to more traditional book reviews, our Character Crush pieces highlight the "crush-worthy" aspects of classic literary characters.

Whether you are turned on by Tinker Bell, have a thing for Holden Caulfield, or crush on Coco Darling, we want to know more about all the characters that drive you crazy.

Classic literature is full of crushable characters. Tell us about the ones you love, whether using their own tone and style, or in whatever format feels most natural to you. Past crushes have been written in verse (the ode being a great literary technique), as well as distant editorial prose, openly gushing love letters, and more.

Characters most wanted include: Catherine & Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights), Anna & Vronsky (Anna Karenina), Romeo & Juliet, Rhett & Scarlett (Gone With the Wind), Emma, Anne of Green Gables, Gatsby & Daisy (The Great Gatsby), Le Petit Prince, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza (Love in the Time of Cholera), and beloved characters from your favorite books.

Check our archives to see if your character has already been written up, then hit us with your best shot in 300 words or less.
A partner to our Character Crushes series, we are seeking odes to the dark side, heralding literature's greatest villains.

From true evildoers to antagonists that agonize us, we want to know what makes your favorite Big Bad tick, in 300 words or less.

Characters most wanted include: Satan (various representations), Iago (Othello), Miss Havisham (Great Expectations), Professor Moriarty ("The Final Problem"), Count Dracula, Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Humbert Humbert (Lolita), Nurse Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Helen Grayle/Velma Valento (Farewell, My Lovely), The Judge (Blood Meridian), and witches of all kinds.

Please discuss the literary versions of these characters, rather than any film variations (though these can also be mentioned, if certain portrayals add to the depth of your understanding of the character).