Submissions for Winter 2021 are closed. Summer 2022 theme coming soon!

Our theme for Issue 08 is GRIT.

Grit is a bit of a nebulous concept, yet we all know what it means: an indomitable spirit, pluck, not giving up. (It’s also the glacial silt that sticks to everything when you’ve been traipsing around Cook Inlet.) Some would say you have to be full of grit to stay in Alaska. We would say we have to be full of it to have survived the past 18 months while looking at a murky future. What does grit mean to you? Have you had to dig to your depths to find some lately, or have you been cultivating it for a while? Do you think grit is especially present in Alaskans? We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Follow us on Instagram for more specific story ideas!

Submissions are open until October 14th.

Submission Guidelines


Topics should be relative to the theme of the current Issue, but all content should meet the standards of our mission and not have been published elsewhere (in print or digital form). We are a diverse community, and as such we’d like to hear tales of everything from the first time you remember feeling the quiet of snow, to finding ways to dress “professionally” for -10º weather. If your piece doesn’t quite fit the theme, we will ask if you’d like us to keep it in mind for future issues.


The Wildheart voice is candid, open, warm, and humorous. We may work with you on edits for tone, flow, and grammar to maintain consistency throughout the magazine. If your piece is selected for publication, you should expect several rounds of editing.


Written formats can range from personal essay, to interview, to humor, to fiction. Long-format pieces are preferred, but there may be a place for short pieces at times. If you have photos that you believe will greatly benefit your story, please let us know with your submission. Our team is very specific about art direction and image selection, so know that we will run what we think is best alongside your printed piece. (A note on pitches: While we may be interested in pitches from time to time, we are primarily looking for complete works. If you have an idea, feel free to send it–just know that we may not send you personal feedback.)

**Starting with Issue 06, we will not be individually replying to submissions. Instead, we will only email you if we have selected your piece for publication. Thank you for understanding!**


Please send your work to and include the following:


An attention-grabbing subject. This is your first impression; it’s a good spot for a possible title to your piece.


An introduction to your piece–we want to get to know you, and why you think your work belongs in Wildheart.


Your full piece in the body of the email. No attachments please–they can be fickle! (Bonus points for including links to your other published work.)


Please keep submissions under 2,000 words, unless we’ve previously discussed writing something shorter or longer. Our ideal story length is 1,200-1,500 words.


Have a keen eye, a solid style, and want an opportunity to be published? Send a note to with a few of your very best images (or a link to your portfolio). We are always looking for creatives to team up with for stories and themes, and at times may solicit specific image needs.


Wildheart is currently operating on a volunteer basis. As such, accepted submissions will not be compensated at this time, but we will credit and thank you to the best of our ability (and at the very least, buy you a cup of coffee!). It is our hope that a recurring relationship with contributors will lead to future perks and payment. We want to support our creative community, and will make every effort to do so!