Hearth & Coffin accepts submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry via email for online publication quarterly during the months of February, May, August, and November. Please do not query about the status of your submission. Writers will be notified prior to the publication of the issue for which they submitted.
Please email your submissions to email@example.com.
In honor of our inaugural issue, we are holding an extended submission period of November 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021.
New issues are published online on the last Monday of March, June, September, and December.
Hearth & Coffin does not charge writers for submission. Subsequently, the publication is unfortunately unable to offer a stipend to those whose works we publish at this time.
Until further notice, please do not mail hard copy submissions to Hearth & Coffin. We cannot guarantee receipt or processing of material sent during this time.
All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished. Translations are acceptable (and encouraged) and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text. Simultaneous submissions are also acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere. While Hearth & Coffin welcomes unsolicited submissions, it cannot accept responsibility for their loss or engage in related correspondence.
Is there a theme?
Yes. Each issue has a theme.
The upcoming issue is Volume One, Issue One. The theme is Conception. This can mean many different things to different people. What does this mean to you? Show us, don't tell us.
Is there a fee to submit?
Absolutely not. Hearth & Coffin does not charge our writers reading or submission fees. We never have, and never will.
Hearth & Coffin is run on donations, not on a writer's hard-earned cash. The [minimal] staff of H&C are also writers, so we understand how hard you work for your money and how daunting it can feel to pay a submission fee when your work may not be even be published.
This publication (and the fees associated with its upkeep) is our venture, not yours. We will figure out how to pay for it while you work on the next piece you want us to publish for you.
Do writers win a stipend?
At this time, no. If your work is chosen for publication, you will not be paid by Hearth & Coffin.
Sounds a little contradictory to our above statement about a writer's hard earned money, right? I mean, if we're to preach about the writers' dollar, we ought to pay you.
Hearth & Coffin is just beginning. As we grow, we are actively working to get to a place where we may accept submissions free of charge and still offer our winners a nominal stipend. This goal is partially dependent on donors' generous gifts to the publication.
how many works may i submit?
Fiction and nonfiction writers may submit up to two works of no longer than 5,000 words. Each poet may submit up to three poems of no longer than three pages per poem.
Send us your best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We would love to read it.
Yes, thank you for asking.
Please submit your writing in Microsoft Word or Apple Pages format. Hearth & Coffin will not accept other file types at this time.
Fiction & Nonfiction Submissions:
We accept prose submissions online via email. For prose, submit one story or essay at a time. You may submit both a story and an essay or multiples of each if you wish, but please submit them separately. Fiction and nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced.
Our word count cap for prose is 5,000 words, though we may consider longer manuscripts.
We accept poetry submissions online via email. Please cap your individual poems at three pages a piece using a 12-point font. You may submit multiples as long as you submit them separately. Poetry submissions may be single- or double-spaced.
how should my submission email be formatted?
We make it simple to submit your work to Hearth & Coffin.
Please attach your work(s) to the email.
In the subject line, please use "[Poetry/Fiction/Nonfiction] Submission"
In the body of your email:
Fiction & Nonfiction: Please include a short synopsis of your piece and indicate whether your work is fiction or nonfiction. Please also state whether it is narrative or an essay and provide an approximate word count.
Poetry: Please provide a word count and indicate what style of poem your piece is.
If submitting multiple works, please submit your works separately by sending a new email for each work.
Please include your name as you would like to see it printed as well as a short biography, no longer than 250 words. Your name and biography will be used as-is should your work be chosen for publication.
For Volume One, Issue One Hearth & Coffin is requesting that all writers also provide their location (City, State) in their email, if it is not already included in their biography. This information will be for internal use only and will not be made public.
notice to writers regarding author's rights
Hearth & Coffin Literary Journal holds first publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following first publication. For reprints we ask for acknowledgement of its publication in Hearth & Coffin first.