Black Heart accepts submissions in all genres of previously unpublished works short fiction, with a word count of 2,500 words max. **WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING POETRY SUBMISSIONS OF ANY KIND.**

As of 2017, we publish triannual (3 times/yearly) themed issues.

Our 2018 themes are:

  • April: A World Without Men (submissions will open December 1, 2017)
  • August: Sugar High (submissions will open April 1, 2018)
  • December: We'll Always Have Paris (Or Will We?) – submissions will open August 6, 2018

Please ONLY submit work that relate to these themes, during the windows noted in the guidelines below. We look forward to reading your work.

XO,
The Black Heart Staff


Ends on February 25, 2018

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 piece per issue, and note the submission windows for each theme. THANKS!

2018 THEMES:
  • April: A World Without Men (submissions will open December 1, 2017)
  • August: Sugar High (submissions will open April 1, 2018)
  • December: We'll Always Have Paris (Or Will We?) – submissions will open August 6, 2018

APRIL THEME GUIDELINES: All female and female-identified writers are encouraged to contribute their ideas about what A World Without Men would look like, including the good, the bad, and the likely unforeseen. We live in a world that, daily, tells women we are not good enough. Worse, that we never WILL be good enough, because we are not men. It's not that we are simply different, whether biologically or emotionally. We are second-class simply because. Black Heart would like you to envision a world where women are not second-class, simply because. So, whether this means that all men simply vanish tomorrow, they are somehow mysteriously killed off, they're abducted by man-hungry space aliens, or we ladies are magically transported to a Themyscira-like island bubble, let's talk. Ponder what that world would be like. Who would we be? What would we do? How would we learn, lead, struggle? What would our values be like? Would automatic Matriarchy be any better/worse/different than automatic Patriarchy? Tell us a story. Make it a good one.

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


Ends on February 25, 2018$4.00
$4.00

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 piece per issue, and note the submission windows for each theme. THANKS!

2018 THEMES:

  • April: A World Without Men (submissions will open December 1, 2017)
  • August: Sugar High (submissions will open April 1, 2018)
  • December: We'll Always Have Paris (Or Will We?) – submissions will open August 6, 2018
APRIL THEME GUIDELINES: All female and female-identified writers are encouraged to contribute their ideas about what A World Without Men would look like, including the good, the bad, and the likely unforeseen. We live in a world that, daily, tells women we are not good enough. Worse, that we never WILL be good enough, because we are not men. It's not that we are simply different, whether biologically or emotionally. We are second-class simply because. Black Heart would like you to envision a world where women are not second-class, simply because. So, whether this means that all men simply vanish tomorrow, they are somehow mysteriously killed off, they're abducted by man-hungry space aliens, or we ladies are magically transported to a Themyscira-like island bubble, let's talk. Ponder what that world would be like. Who would we be? What would we do? How would we learn, lead, struggle? What would our values be like? Would automatic Matriarchy be any better/worse/different than automatic Patriarchy? Tell us a story. Make it a good one.

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!