volume 2, Issue 4 has been canceled.

Submissions for Volume 3, Issue 1 will open January 15, 2023.



Hearth & Coffin accepts submissions of prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction, via email to for online publication quarterly. Please do not email your submissions to

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.

Annual Submission Calendar

Issue One:

     Submissions open January 15.

     Submissions close February 28.

Issue Two:

     Submissions open April 15.

     Submissions close May 31.

Issue Three:

     Submissions open July 15.

     Submissions close August 31.

Issue Four:

     Submissions open October 15.

     Submissions close November 30.

New issues are published online on the last Monday of March, June, September, and December.

Hearth & Coffin does not charge writers for submission. Consequently, 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All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished.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 3, Issue 1. The theme is Consume.

About Creature Feature: 

Coming soon!

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.

Is Hearth & Coffin a paying market?

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.

We agree.

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. We recognize writing for the legitimate labor that it is: We will not have fully realized our dreams as a literary publisher until we can operate as a paying market for our writers.

how many works may i submit?

Prose writers (both fiction and nonfiction) may submit up to two works of no longer than 5,000 words.

Poets may submit up to three poems of no longer than three pages per poem.


Send us your best prose and poetry. That stuff you fear won't fit in elsewhere? We would love to read it.

submission guidelines

Yes, thank you for asking.

Please submit your writing in Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or Google Doc format. Hearth & Coffin will not accept other file types at this time.

Fiction & Nonfiction Prose 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. Prose submissions should be double-spaced.


Our word count cap for prose is 5,000 words, though we may consider longer manuscripts.

Poetry Submissions:

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 Prose: 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.

Hearth & Coffin requests that all writers also provide their location (City, State/Nation) in their email, if it is not already included in their biography. This information is 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.



True Grit[s] is a special edition issue that was created in response to a flurry of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation that was filed across the South in the Spring of 2022. From March - April 2022, Hearth & Coffin accepted works of all kinds, whether they were Pulitzer-ready or meandering streams of consciousness. We asked for "your thoughts, your feelings, your loves, your hates, your wild, your mundane. Your story, whatever it is." We humbly asked for the opportunity to elevate the voice of trans+ and gender expansive folks in the American South.

As native Texans ourselves, we say this with all the love in our hearts: Your unique voice belongs, both on our digital pages and in the beautiful Southern U.S. No second-rate politician gerrymandered and voter-suppressed into office gets to say otherwise.

True Grit[s] published in May 2022.

Hearth & Coffin has set up a monthly recurring donation to the Transgender Education Network of Texas. We strongly encourage anyone with a few extra dollars to do the same, at whatever denomination is financially comfy for you. Other organizations around Texas that we suggest readers look into include: