Our Story

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, herheartpoetry.com, a digital zine, soon became a reality. In 2017 we took our commitment to sharing new and emerging voices with the world even further, by printing our very first hardcopy poetry book and establishing Her Heart Publishing.

Today, Her Heart, is a thriving community, busy zine and growing publishing press, 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 and publishing press 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 quarterly theme and the opportunity to submit their responses for publication via The Poets Canvas. We also have our annual international micropoetry competition, The Annual, and the New Heart Beats collection, which is a poetry showcase for unpublished poets. 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, teach poetry forms, review published works and facilitate a digital bookclub. Her Heart also has a special focus on the, as yet, undiscovered poetry talents of the world, and have a dedicated platform for these new voices. Her Heart truly is a space for poets and writers to share, inspire and provoke.

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

How do I become a community 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 make a submission at any time. You will also see an Instagram handle for every poet and writer featured in our magazine.  This way you can connect with them as well.

How do I submit?

Please read our New Member Welcome or click on the Submissions link in the menu.

What is the future of Her Heart?

In future we will continue to inspire and empower poets and writers of all skill levels to achieve their writing aspirations, whether that is to simply share their thoughts and feelings, or to see their words in ink. We are committed to providing information, education and support to all poets and writers on their poetic journey, whatever that journey may look like.

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. Visit us online regularly and comment on our articles. Or head to our digital bookstore and make a purchase. Tell others about the community, zine and publishing press and help us to keep writing the Her Heart story.

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.