PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GUIDELINES HAVE CHANGED.
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!
- 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!