Heartlines Spec

Submission Guidelines

Heartlines Spec is currently closed to submissions.
About Heartlines Spec

Heartlines Spec is an online speculative magazine focused on long-term friendships and relationships. It's the comfort of the known, the fierce hug of someone that knows you best.

We're looking for short fiction and poetry focused on long-term relationships: platonic, romantic, or familial. We don't want the blaze of new love or the obsession of a new friend. We want pieces that show that comfort that develops when people know each other for years.

Give us deep space, dusty frontiers, or dreamy fantasy. We want stories and poetry with strong, confident relationships amid all the sci-fi/fantasy. While we are primarily looking for stories with happy endings (yeah, yeah), we also want endings that are earned. If things get a little teary or gory, that's ok.

We are especially interested in stories featuring queer platonic relationships, ace/aro love stories, and polycules.

Submission Guidelines for Heartlines Spec

☑️ What We Want

  • Stories - 1,000 - 3,500 words
  • Poetry - send up to 5 pieces per submission
  • Stories featuring long-term relationships (romantic, platonic, or familial)
  • Strong speculative elements that start on page 1 or 2
  • Intersectional writers and works
  • Simultaneous submissions

⛔ What We Don't Want

  • Erotica
  • Rape/abuse storylines
  • Extreme violence
  • Reprints

 Heartlines Spec does not have any set formatting guidelines, all we ask is:

  • Black font on a white background
  • Title and author name on the front page
  • Word count included on short stories
  • Please send files as doc, docx, or rtf
Heartlines Spec is currently closed to submissions.