Thank you for considering submitting to HEArt Online! Note that our publications schedule for 2017 is full, so if we do select your work, it will not be published until sometime in 2018.

Please submit only unpublished work that deals artistically with fighting discrimination and promoting social justice, addressing issues of sexuality, race, class, etc. Please review our submission categories to find the best fit for your work, and, please make it your best.

HEArt Online publishes on a rolling basis. We feature submissions across media (no longr video). Should your work be accepted, you will have an opportunity to preview your page before it is posted and will be alerted when it goes live with an email sent to all subscribers and contributors.

We are a small group of editors and appreciate your patience. We will try to respond within 6 months of receiving your submission.

We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions as long as you notify us immediately through submittable if a piece has been accepted elsewhere. You may also email us at editors@heartjournalonline.com.

In terms of rights/legal stuff? HEArt Online accepts no liability arising from the publication of an author’s work. We trust that work submitted is original and unpublished unless indicated otherwise. Authors retain copyright on all works.  We request one-time electronic rights for 30 days once posted, and work published will be archived indefinitely.  Please cite HEArt Online as original publishers, should your piece find its way into another venue post-publication. Submission to HEArt Online constitutes acceptance of these conditions.  ​

The Queer/Trans Dept. is hungry for work by queer and/or trans artists, work that does work, that works. In particular, this is a place for art that is driven by or attempts to answer questions like: What do queer and trans have to say about this world, and what kinds of worlds do they want to take its place? How do they help us get there? What is want, anyway, what does it do? That is, we have no single aesthetic preference, but are looking to be moved, surprised, undone, opened to something new.

We are also open to essay and art submissions pertaining to this category.

Please submit up to three poems, three pieces of visual art, or one piece of prose in ONE file. All submissions must be previously unpublished. Note that we accept simultaneous submissions. Look to hear back from us in 3-6 months at the very latest.

Should your work be accepted elsewhere, congrats and please withdraw all in the submissions manager and resubmit any remaining.

Finally, please include a brief bio in the comments. Thank you for trusting us with your work.





The media often depicts the mentally ill in broad, flat and grotesque caricature. When we look out into the cultural landscape and the only ways we see the mentally ill represented are as people in distress, that’s limiting and hopeless. That’s where you come in. No more broad, invisibilizing strokes. We want your specific, dynamic, and ordinary stories of living with mental illness. Because in truth, we are never simply either well or ill. Let’s break that dichotomy. Instead of two disparate sides, let mental health be a pomegranate split open to reveal infinite dazzling red seeds.

Please send up to 3 unpublished poems in ONE file. Note that we accept simultaneous submissions. Look to hear back from us in 3-6 months at the very latest.

Should your work be accepted elsewhere, congrats and please withdraw all and resubmit in the submissions manager.

And do look at sample work from HEArt's current issue for an idea of what we are looking for. Avoid heavy-handed "preaching to the choir." Our aesthetic is concrete imagery/narrative that has a strong emotional center. Also, please include a brief bio in the comments section. We thank you for bearing witness, telling truths, submitting your work.





Please send NO MORE THAN 5 unpublished poems in ONE file — poems you feel don't fit into our specific departmental categories, but still deal with social justice issues. Note that we accept simultaneous submissions. Look to hear back from us in 3-6 months at the very latest.

Should your work be accepted elsewhere, congrats and please withdraw all in the submissions manager and resubmit any remaining.

And do look at sample poems from HEArt's Current Issue for an idea of what we are looking for. Avoid heavy-handed "preaching to the choir." Our aesthetic is concrete imagery/narrative that has a strong emotional center.

Also, please include a brief bio in the comments section with a note on how you heard about HEArt Online. We thank you for bearing witness, telling truths, submitting your work.

Pplease send ONE unpublished story of no more than 15 pages or 5000 words, a piece that doesn't fall under the purview of one of our departments but still deals with social justice issues. Note that we accept simultaneous submissions. Look to hear back from us in 3-6 months at the very latest.

Should your work be accepted elsewhere, congrats and please withdraw in the submissions manager.

And do look at sample poems from HEArt's Current Issue for an idea of what we are looking for. Avoid heavy-handed "preaching to the choir." Our aesthetic is concrete imagery/narrative that has a strong emotional center.

Also, please include a brief bio in the comments section with a note on how you heard about HEArt Online. We thank you for bearing witness, telling truths, submitting your work.