Submission Guidelines

We are now CLOSED to submissions

Heart of Flesh is an online literary journal that seeks deep, essential truth in poetry and fiction. We are not a typical “Christian fiction” journal. We believe all truth is God’s truth, and that Jesus and the themes from the Bible can be found 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 accept all genres of poems, flash fiction, short stories, and visual art & photography from both Christians and non-Christians, as long as it is well done and deals with Christian themes.

What are Christian themes?

Some Christian themes we’re looking for: redemption, hope, charity, love (Agape, not Eros, unless for a specific purpose), the fruitlessness of self love, the ugliness/grotesqueness/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, any work that portrays the deepness and profoundness of scripture or Biblical people.

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

What we do NOT love: cheesiness, gratuitous sex or violence, excessive profanity.

General Submission Guidelines:

Prose – 1 piece at a time (3,000 words max)

Flash Fiction – up to 3 pieces at a time (500 words max, per piece)

Poetry – up to 3 poems at a time (no length limits)

Art & Photography – up to 3 pieces at a time (black/white and color accepted)

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

We ask for First North American serial and electronic rights to publish. Following publication, all rights revert back to the author/poet/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.

To submit, please attach your work (.doc, .docx, jpeg [for art]) to an e-mail and send it to:

The subject of your e-mail should be: “Submission:[Last Name]:[Title of piece(s)]”

Also include in the e-mail:

  • Your Name (as you want it to appear)
  • Type of work (Short Story, Flash, Poetry, etc.)
  • Name of piece(s) with word count(s)
  • Short third person Bio

Keep in mind…

This journal is primarily run on the subjective taste of its editor. If you are rejected, do not take it personally and do not give up! Feel free to submit again the next reading period.

Reading periods:

March 1st-April 30th – Summer issue

September 1st-October 31st – Winter Issue