We are CLOSED for submissions until August 1st.

We accept submissions from writers and artists who are over 18, from all over the world. We accept work from both Christians and non-Christians, so long as the submission has a Christian-theme or demonstrates Christian morals.

Sorry, but we do not accept work from children — yet!

What is a Christian-theme?

Good versus evil, a retelling of a Bible story, redemption, hope, awe of God and His creation, brotherly love, a look at Biblical figures, a righteous heart shining against the backdrop of a fallen world, etc.

We like silly and fun, but we also like serious. We like depth. We want work that engages with children without talking down to them.


Poetry: Send up to 5 poems, in one attachment.

Short Stories: Send up to 2 stories, no longer than 2,000 words each. Send as separate attachments in one e-mail.

Artwork: Send up to 4 pieces at a time. Please send as JPEG/JPG.

E-mail submissions to Veronica McDonald (editor) with a short cover letter and a short bio (about 50 words) to:

You may submit work for multiple categories at the same time, but please do so in the same e-mail if possible.

We accept simultaneous submissions as long as you let us know if you are accepted elsewhere.

Please do not send previously published work.


On acceptance, Pure in Heart asks for:

  • First electronic rights to be the first to publish the work online
  • Non-exclusive Digital Format rights to publish the work in our downloadable PDF
  • First North American Serial Rights to be the first to publish the work in the English language in North America, in a print issue
  • Right to archive the work for as long as Pure in Heart exists

Following publication, rights revert back to the writer/artist. We only ask that you credit Pure in Heart as the place your work first appeared.

We do not offer payment, and, unfortunately, we cannot compensate with contributor copies. We hope to change this in the future. All contributors will receive a free PDF of the issue in which they appear.

Reading Periods

Spring Issue (May publication): February 1 – March 31

Fall Issue (November publication): August 1 – September 30