Pure in Heart Stories is a biannual literary and art journal for families, with a Christian worldview. Here you can find short stories, poetry, photography and art by adults, teens, and children—for readers 6 years old and up. Our issues appear both online and in print, during the months of May and November.
We accept work from adults (18 and older) and kids and teens (17 and younger), as long as it is appropriate for all ages.
Pure in Heart will always be free online and in a downloadable PDF. We are a not-for-profit organization. If you would like to support us, please consider purchasing a print issue. All purchases contribute to our hosting costs, keep the site ad-free, and help our journal grow. Whether we cover expenses or not, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Mission of Hope, a “residential Christian program focusing on men and women struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.” Pure in Heart, however, is not affiliated with Mission of Hope or its ministries.
Pure in Heart Stories is related to our darker, Christian-themed literary and art journal, Heart of Flesh Literary Journal (Please keep in mind before clicking the link, Heart of Flesh contains adult themes and is not meant for children).
Our name comes from one of our favorite beatitudes, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8). We are a fan of pure hearts, questioning hearts, grieving hearts, joyful hearts, and hearts that long to see good triumph over evil. We hope our journal opens your heart to the God above, and is a continual blessing to you and your family.
About the Editors:
Veronica McDonald is founder and editor of Pure in Heart Stories and Heart of Flesh Literary Journal. She publishes and designs both Pure in Heart and Heart of Flesh, and is the primary reader in all categories. Veronica is a fiction writer, poet, artist, and mom of three awesome kids. You can learn more about Veronica and her personal work at VeronicaMcDonald.com.
Mia McDonald is the 9-year-old co-editor of Pure in Heart Stories, and brings a kid’s perspective to the journal. Mia came up with the idea for Pure in Heart Stories after realizing her mom was never going to let her read the latest issues of Heart of Flesh. Mia has the final say on all stories, poetry, and art submitted. She loves to read, write, create art, and play soccer.