Black Heart accepts submissions in all genres of previously unpublished works short fiction, with a max word count of 2,000 words. **WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING POETRY SUBMISSIONS OF ANY KIND.**

As of 2020, we publish annual themed issues.

Our current theme is:

  • LOVE NOTES (2020)

Please ONLY submit work that relate to this theme, during the window noted in the guidelines below. We look forward to reading your work.

  XO,
The Black Heart Staff


PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GUIDELINES HAVE CHANGED.
 

We accept short fictional pieces of up to 2,000 words, for publication in our new annual issues (see dates and themes below). Please submit only stories that appeal to our themes, as indicated below. NO novel excerpts. NO poetry. Please send only one piece per issue, and note the submission windows for each theme. THANKS!

2020 THEME:

  • LOVE NOTES – Deadline: March 1, 2020 (midnight, PST)

GUIDELINES: Writers should submit their best stories connected to the theme LOVE NOTES. Focus on relationships, love, romance, and with an emphasis on an important event or interaction are most preferred. All types of relationships are welcome for this anthology; LGBTQ+ relationships are very welcome here, and relationships need not be monogamous. Give us an honest portrait or two or more lovers together, a slice of life, a good day, a bad day that was successfully navigated together, or anything else that resonates on a positive frequency. Please note that we are looking for romantic portrayals, and relationships that are depicted by the author as explicitly abusive or offensive will not be considered.

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: https://blackheartmagazine.submittable.com/submit/8908/short-fiction-with-feedback

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GUIDELINES HAVE CHANGED.

We accept short fictional pieces of up to 2,000 words, for publication in our new annual issues (see dates and themes below). Please submit only stories that appeal to our themes, as indicated below. NO novel excerpts. NO poetry. Please send only one piece per issue, and note the submission windows for each theme. THANKS!

2020 THEME:

  • LOVE NOTES – Deadline: March 1, 2020 (midnight, PST)  

GUIDELINES: Writers should submit their best stories connected to the theme LOVE NOTES. Focus on relationships, love, romance, and with an emphasis on an important event or interaction are most preferred. All types of relationships are welcome for this anthology; LGBTQ+ relationships are very welcome here, and relationships need not be monogamous. Give us an honest portrait or two or more lovers together, a slice of life, a good day, a bad day that was successfully navigated together, or anything else that resonates on a positive frequency. Please note that we are looking for romantic portrayals, and relationships that are depicted by the author as explicitly abusive or offensive will not be considered.

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.

For those that prefer NOT to receive feedback, please use this link instead: https://blackheartmagazine.submittable.com/submit/1346/short-fiction-no-feedback

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