Submission Guidelines

We are now CLOSED for submissions


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.


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), 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 fit the mold, give us a shot anyway!

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


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.


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 North American electronic rights to publish online and in a downloadable PDF, 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. However, we make the promise to promote you on our social media accounts.


Include a 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:

Response time is typically 1 week to 2 months.

Note: Please only submit ONCE per reading period. However, you may submit to multiple categories at the same time. If you are accepted or rejected please wait until the next reading cycle to submit again.


Spring Issue (published in May): February 1 – March 31

Fall Issue (published in November): August 1 – September 30

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