Submission Guidelines

We are now OPEN for submissions!

*NEW*
We are now accepting Christian Testimonies for our blog!
See guidelines at the bottom of page…

ABOUT HEART OF FLESH

Heart of Flesh is a biannual, online 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 secular and the non-secular, in nearly every work of literature and every part of the human condition.

We like hopeful. We also like bleak. We like desperation and grit. But only if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We want to see that golden pinprick of light guiding us out of the darkness.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We prefer literary work, but we accept all genres of poetry, flash fiction, short stories, nonfiction, and visual art & photography from both Christians and non-Christians, as long as it includes a Christian theme.

What are Christian Themes?

Redemption, hope, charity, love (Agape), awe and praise, the fruitlessness of self love, the ugliness or destructiveness of sin, the attractiveness of sin, a desperate need for soul-cleansing, a righteous heart shining against the backdrop of a fallen world, a battle against temptation, anything that portrays the deepness and profoundness of scripture or Biblical people.

What we would LOVE to see: complexity and depth of Christian issues on the level of Flannery O’Conner. Also, the Christian version of Sylvia Plath.

We also love work that surprises us, so if you don’t think you fit the mold, give us a shot anyway!

What we do NOT love: cheesiness, preachy writing, gratuitous sex or violence, excessive profanity (keep it somewhere between PG and PG-13).

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

GUIDELINES

Short Stories (Fiction and Nonfiction) – 1 piece at a time (4,000 words max)

Flash Fiction – up to 3 pieces at a time (700 words per piece, max). Please submit all pieces in one document.

Poetry – up to 3 poems at a time (no length limits). Please submit all poems in one document.

Art & Photography – up to 3 pieces at a time. Please send as JPEG/JPG.

TERMS

We accept simultaneous submissions as long as you let us know immediately if you are accepted elsewhere. Please do not send previously published work.

On acceptance, Heart of Flesh asks for first electronic rights to be the first to publish online, non-exclusive Digital Format rights to publish in our downloadable PDF, First North American Serial Rights to be the first to publish in the English language in North America in a print magazine issue, as well as the right to archive your work indefinitely. Following publication, rights revert back to the writer/artist. We only ask that you credit Heart of Flesh as the place your work first appeared.

We do not offer payment at this time, though we hope to change this in the future.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Include a short cover letter and a 50-word bio in the body of an e-mail. The subject line should include the word “Submission” and the type of work (short story, poetry, etc.). The editor is Veronica McDonald. Please attach your work (.doc, .docx) and send to: heartoffleshlit@gmail.com.

Response time ranges between 1 week to 2 months.

Note: Please only submit ONCE per reading period. However, you may submit work for multiple categories at the same time. If you submit work in more than one category, please do so in the same e-mail. If you are accepted or rejected please wait until the next reading cycle to submit again.

READING PERIODS

Spring Issue (May publication): February 1 – March 31

Fall Issue (November publication): August 1 – September 30

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*NEW* BLOG SUBMISSION: CHRISTIAN TESTIMONIES

We want to share your Christian testimony on our blog!

A Christian testimony is the story of how a person came to know Jesus Christ through the moving of the Holy Spirit. It often includes (but is not limited to):

  1. the story of a person’s life before Christ,
  2. the story of how the Lord saved him/her, and finally
  3. a short reflection of his/her new life in Christ.

These stories are often moving, powerful, and fantastic displays of forgiveness, redemption, and life-altering hope. While we accept work from both Christian and non-Christians for our regular issues, we are asking Christian contributors to share their testimonies with the hope that compelling accounts of finding salvation in Jesus will bless our readers and plant the Gospel seed in those searching for truth.

A selection of testimonies will be posted weekly during the months of April and October in our blog, separate from our regularly published issues. It may not be possible to post every testimony we receive in the limited space we have, so we encourage those not chosen to not be disappointed and to continue sharing your testimony with others. We want to emphasize that every personal story of Christ’s redeeming power is miraculous and wonderful.

We are so excited to read the story of how Christ drew you in and made you His own.

Expect to see the first testimonies on our blog beginning October 7, 2020.

Testimony Guidelines

Word count: between 500 – 4,000 words

Testimonies may be previously published. We only ask for the non-exclusive right to publish it on our blog.

Please include a short 50-word bio and a photo of yourself (this is optional) to include with the testimony should it be selected.

No cover letter is necessary, but please include the word “Testimony” in the subject line of your e-mail and send to heartoffleshlit@gmail.com.

Note: You will be informed via e-mail if your testimony is selected for our blog. If you do not hear from us by October 6th, it means that we will not be sharing your testimony.