Heartspark Press exists to publish your voice.
Here are a few options to make this happen:
Submit to one of our Collections.
Hate Mail – Hate Mail is a bi-annual literary journal of new (C)AMAB trans writing. Each edition will focus on a specific theme or two bringing together Art, Poetry, and Stories that have never before been published. It is a way for us to comment together on a specific topic as a community. It is named after the mountains of hate mail, death threats, doxxing, and inconveniences we receive from TERFs and the like whenever we lift our voices.
Hate Mail #1 is tentatively about the current rise and unveiling of Fascism, ongoing white supremacy, TERFS, and other hate groups. It is about our experiences engaging with them, being subject to their terror, and the ways big and small that we Resist. We encourage you to say hello and send in pitches as soon as possible.
First Drafts will be due February 15th, 2018
Hate Mail #2 will be about our bodies. It will be about dysphoria, sexuality, asexuality, stretching in the morning, bathroom mirrors.
Est Publication: Fall/Winter 2018
Resilience II – Resilience was our first collection. It is a major and historic publication of 32 (C)AMAB trans writers. We all face different struggles through our lives, and resilience is the unifying theme that connects us all. Here, we can tell whatever stories we want. We invite you to submit all Poetry, Prose, Narrative, Essays – any piece of writing that is around 5000 words or less. Est Publication : 2019
Publish your own Work through us.
Heartspark Press offers low-cost professional editing, publishing, and promotion to all (C)AMAB trans writers.
- You’ve been writing for some time and have a backlog of material that you want help sorting through, weaving into a cohesive story. It feels like a tangled mess right now, and maybe it’s not even possible. But there’s these people saying that they’re so into helping you. You’re kicking around the idea of like, getting your work professionally bound, so you can share your story with your new crush without actually having to talk to them. Heck, maybe you could even make a few dollars.
- You have a book mostly done but want some creative advice. You want some help really polishing it up and getting it ready to push through the gate that leads to the public eye. You want a platform and a community to fall back on as you take the scary step of actually doing it, seeing where the dice fall.
- You’re an established writer and want to help this new small press that’s doing all these cool things gain some notoriety, a reputation that will help them uplift your sisters’ voices for many years into the future. You have a new piece that you really believe in, but maybe would be a hard sell to the publisher’s you’ve worked with in the past.
These are all very good reasons to talk to us.
A Note about “Rejection” and Capacity
Many of our Staff and Writers have spent much of our lives submitting to journal after journal, publisher after publisher, only to receive back rejection letter after rejection letter. Or worse, silence. It sucks. It’s also part of the life of the Writer. Understand that we don’t want to do this to you, and whenever we can, we won’t. We would much rather meet you where you’re at as a writer, offer our subjective feedback, really dig-in and work with you as we all learn to tell our stories in ways where we can better hear each other.
We won’t always be able to do that. We are a new and tiny publishing collective run mostly by volunteers. We are quickly growing, and can only hope that our capacity to offer services will grow as fast as people coming to us to receive those services. If you’d like to join us in the collective labor of sharpening each other’s voices, contact us.
With all that said, it is important to note that if your submission is not accepted by us for whatever reason, it is mostly likely not a comment on the quality of your work. Art is always subjective and you will find many people who love, and many people who despise, whatever work you put out there. Perhaps your story is too similar to one we’ve already accepted, perhaps your piece doesn’t fit the theme closely enough or weave correctly into the specific story we’re trying to tell. There are a number of reasons for non-acceptance. None of them mean that your work is not important.
Write. Make Art. Break Things.
Editor at Heartspark Press
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