Heart of Flesh is a biannual, online and print literary journal that seeks quality writing and art with a Christian element. We are not a typical “Christian fiction” journal. We believe God’s truth as written in the Bible can be found in both the sacred and the secular, in nearly every work of literature and every part of the human condition. We accept work from both Christians and non-Christians from all over the world and from diverse backgrounds, with the purpose of creating a space for various viewpoints and dialogues to intermingle. With that in mind, we are not shy about the fact that our journal is Christ-centered, and Christ-seeking.

The name Heart of Flesh comes from the book of Ezekiel, 36:26: ” And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” In the Old Testament, this is a promise to the ancient Israelites, but it also reflects the primary goal of Heart of Flesh: to allow the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of our readers. Our aim is to permeate the secular with a profound need for Jesus Christ.

Heart of Flesh will always be free online and in digital format. Print versions are sold to cover hosting costs. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Mission of Hope (https://www.missionofhopeministries.net/about/), a “residential Christian program focusing on men and women struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.”

We are a small, two-person (oftentimes one-person) operation, founded in 2019. Please have patience with us as we learn and grow.

To get a feel for our journal, check out some of our past issues.

To learn more about what we look for in submissions, take a look at this interview with Six Questions For…

Thank you for reading!

Veronica McDonald is the founder and Editor of Heart of Flesh Literary Journal. She is the primary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry reader and art editor.

Veronica is a writer, poet, and artist herself, so she understands the excitement and disappointments in submitting work. She tries to keep this in mind when she reads submissions. She recently moved to Mobile, Alabama after living for several years in California, and is developing a love for all things Southern, especially food and fiction. You can read her Christian testimony here.

Contact Veronica here or at heartoffleshlit@gmail.com