PLEASE NOTE: Black Heart is NOT currently accepting regular submissions. We are ONLY accepting submissions to our Anti-Gun Anthology through July 31st. We will resume regular submissions on August 1st.


Black Heart accepts previously unpublished works of poetry and short fiction (1,500 words or less), as well as nonfictional items including book reviews, Best Book I Ever Read essays, Open Letters to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

The Black Heart Staff

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In the wake of only our latest most-deadly shooting here in the U.S., the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting that left 50 dead and more wounded, we feel it's time to take action.

No more "thoughts and prayers."

No more fuzzy sentiments.

No more excuses.

No more bullshit.

We're looking for stories to include in an Anti-Gun anthology, which will wholly benefit the Gun Control Lobby. (See Everytown for Gun Safety for info on our proposed beneficiary:

What we most desire:
  • Short Stories or Personal Essays of 2,500 words or less that relate in some way to themes of gun violence, gun control, the NRA and gun lobbies/lobbyists – please, no revenge fantasies; we are looking for anti-gun sentiments here
  • Reprints are welcome, so long as you hold the rights to the piece, and the publication date is at least a year old (just let us know where it was originally published in your cover letter)
We'd love to get this anthology together as quickly as possible and out into the world, so it can start making a difference.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: July 31, midnight PST.

Our goal is to have the book published by September 2016 at the very latest.

If you would like to volunteer your time and talent as a beta reader, cover designer, interior formatter (for print), proofreader, or similar, we also need your help! Please request to join our Facebook group to be kept in the loop:

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to working together to make a difference with this anthology.