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 31, 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Black Heart accepts submissions in all genres of previously unpublished works of poetry and short fiction, with a word count of 2,500 words max.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 triannual (3 times/yearly) themed issues, beginning with our DISARM anthology in April 2017. August's theme is "Summer's End," and December's theme is "Holiday Hell." Please ONLY submit work that conform (however loosely) to these themes, during the windows noted below. Additional info will be added to this page as new themes for the 2018 publishing cycle 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.

XO,
The Black Heart Staff


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PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GUIDELINES HAVE CHANGED.

We accept short fictional pieces of up to 2,500 words, for publication in our new triannual issues (see dates and themes below). Please submit only stories that appeal to our themes, as indicated below. NO novel excerpts. Please send only one story at a time, and wait for our response before submitting another. THANKS!

2017 THEMES:
  • April: DISARM, anti-gun anthology (submissions are now closed)
  • August: Summer's End – deadline June 30, 2017
  • December: Holiday Hell – deadline October 30, 2017

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

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PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GUIDELINES HAVE CHANGED.

We accept short fictional pieces of up to 2,500 words, for publication in our new triannual issues (see dates and themes below). Please submit only stories that appeal to our themes, as indicated below. NO novel excerpts. Please send only one story at a time, and wait for our response before submitting another. THANKS!

2017 THEMES:
  • April: DISARM, anti-gun anthology (submissions are now closed)
  • August: Summer's End – deadline June 30, 2017
  • December: Holiday Hell – deadline October 30, 2017
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!

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PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GUIDELINES HAVE CHANGED.

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 only your best 3 and send those. THANK YOU!

2017 THEMES:

  • April: DISARM, anti-gun anthology (submissions are now closed)
  • August: Summer's End – deadline June 30, 2017
  • December: Holiday Hell – deadline October 30, 2017

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

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$4.00
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GUIDELINES HAVE CHANGED.

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 only your best 3 and send those. THANK YOU!

2017 THEMES:

  • April: DISARM, anti-gun anthology (submissions are now closed)
  • August: Summer's End – deadline June 30, 2017
  • December: Holiday Hell – deadline October 30, 2017
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!