logoHer Heart Poetry (Her Heart), began life as an Instagram-based community in 2016. With growing numbers and a commitment to outstanding work, the idea for a publication was born and, Her Heart Poetry – A Literary Magazine, soon became a reality.

Today, Her Heart, is both a community and an online literary magazine obsessed with the written word and those who love to write. We are dedicated to supporting and showcasing the work of new and emerging poets, creating connections and conversations and sharing a love of poetry with others. Everything we do is based on our core values: Share. Inspire. Provoke. Our Instagram community allows us to connect with new voices in poetry, and our magazine allows us to publish them and share their work with the world.

If you are short on time and would like an abridged version of our feature information, please read our New Member Welcome.

Why Instagram?

The Instapoet community is growing! With daily poem posts numbering in the tens of thousands, Instagram is establishing itself as a legitimate platform for expression. We believe that being active on Instagram allows us to further our mission of encouraging and supporting others to read, write and appreciate poetry. We also believe that it allows us to promote poetry as a vital, vibrant and contemporary form of expression. Instagram allows us to engage with poetry in the here and now. That is where we believe that poetry should live. In each sunrise. In each breath. In each warm cup of coffee and friendly smile across a room. Poetry is a living thing. We don’t want it caged, only to be let out to entertain guests. Instagram is a platform that supports and encourages poets to let the beast (or delicate winged bird) out of the cage, each and every day.

Instagram also allows us to reach out and connect with our members and contributors. We want to talk to people. We want the dialogue. We want to talk about poetry. Our community allows us to be active players in the creation of the story. This is so exciting!

What does Her Heart do?

Her Heart provides emerging poets and writers with the challenge of writing to a monthly theme and the opportunity to submit their responses at no cost. 30 works are selected each month to be published to the magazine, monthly digital anthology and Instagram page. An additional 30 works are also selected to be published to Instagram.  Given our social media focus, our area of interest for publication is micropoetry and nanotales.

As part of our commitment to helping others to develop their work, we also provide weekly writing prompts, information about the craftsmanship of poetry, create dialogue about poetry and its place in modern society and provide regular support for the work of our community members. We also feature poets from the Her Heart Instagram community on a weekly basis.  These are emerging poets that bring a unique perspective to the art of poetry online. You can find these accounts under Featured Poets. Her Heart truly is a space for poets and writers to share, inspire and provoke.

Although our primary focus is new and emerging voices, we are lucky to be supported by a number of published authors who understand the rigors of getting a work onto the page and into homes. Each month we feature different published authors from the community. This is an opportunity to get to know them personally, to understand the road they took to publication and to read about their work. You can find them under Featured Titles.

As a space for creatives we also showcase the work of visual artists who have become collaborators in creativity and we are proud to be able to share their work as well. Visit our gallery of Featured Artists to see more.

Her Heart Poetry is also a proud member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).

How do I become a member?

Membership is easy. Simply add us on Instagram, using the account handle @herheartpoetry or click here and actively contribute to the conversation. You can also begin the submissions process as soon as you have joined. You will also see an Instagram handle for every writer featured in our magazine.  This way you can connect with them as well.

How do I submit?

Writing Prompt submissions are done via Instagram using the hashtags #herheartpoetry and #HeartWrds. Prompts are posted on Monday and Friday on our page.

To submit to The Writers Corner, please read the submission guidelines here.

To submit an article, feature or review, please read the submission guidelines here.

What is the future of Her Heart?

In future we hope to be able to publish a hard-copy annual anthology of the best submissions from each month and are actively working towards this capability.

How can I support Her Heart Poetry?

Your support is invaluable and there are many ways to do this.  Add us on Instagram and join the conversation.  Participate in our weekly prompt challenges and submit to The Writers Corner.  Visit the magazine regularly and download an anthology.  Tell others about the community and magazine.  You can also make a donation to help support our work.  We are a not-for-profit and all donations, no matter how small or large, make a difference.