Calling All Wild-Hearted Writers

Wild Heart Writers is a platform for uplifting and amplifying the voices of writers who have taken the journey to their wild hearts through one of our workshops.

We accept submissions of poetry, prose, creative non-fiction/memoir. We seek forward thinking and thought-provoking posts that search the soul and risk revealing the heart. Words that come from the wild parts, vulnerable and raw and ready to soar.

Wild Heart Writers are not afraid to move beyond their comfort zones, to push into the difficult spaces, to tell the hard truths. To examine the shadows and burn in the light.

Are you a Wild Heart Writer?  If the answer is yes, please join us – your stories are revolutionary and necessary – and we want to share them with the world.

FAQ

To become a Wild Heart Writer you must first enroll in ‘30 Questions To Bring You Closer To Your Wild Heart’– a 30 day writing workshop and tribe builder.

You may be wondering why we ask that all Wild Heart Writers complete the ’30 Questions To Bring You Closer To Your Wild Heart’ workshop prior to submitting work.

Well, simply put, the Wild Heart Writers Community would not exist without the course. What began as a collection of mostly strangers gathering in an ordinary Facebook group – became a place of deep magic and great synergy.

Overnight, bonds were formed. Veils dropped. Truths spilled and hearts opened wide. Soon – the participants in the course were creating graphics featuring each other’s words.

This simple act was profoundly empowering – and gave rise to the spark of the idea that ultimately became The Wild Heart Writers.

Without that community – Wild Heart Writers would not exist, and we feel deeply that the tribe created by the workshop is an integral part of what we want to create – not just another website accepting contributions, but a true tribe of writers devoted to the power of story.

’30 Questions To Bring You Closer To Your Wild Heart’ runs 2-3 times each year.

The next class beings July 25th, 2016.

Visit the course site to enroll or join the wait list for the next opening.

The Wild Heart Writers are more than just a blog or a collection of social media platforms.

We were born out of a community of writers and we exist solely to build, grow and strengthen that community, and to lift, amplify and promote the voices of it’s members.

Writing – and being a Wild Heart in general – can be a lonely and isolating experience. Claiming the title of Writer is a bold and audacious thing. But something happens when Wild Hearts come together. Part magic. Part serendipity. Part creative explosion. Together, we are more. We create more. We dance longer with the muse. We lift each other up and blast through the blocks.

Wild Heart Writers is first and foremost a tribe of writers who believe in the revolutionary power of words. Everything else is born of that belief.

We want soul-searching, thought-provoking, forward-thinking words that go beneath the surface, surpass comfort zones and take us right to the wild heart of what really matters.

Words that risk baring yourself, words that come from the wild parts. Words that will take us all the way home. Spill your guts, cross your arms and stand in your truth stories that are not interested in approval and demand to be told.

Submitted work should fit at least loosely within one of the following 7 categories.

Soul
Do you have writing that is inspiring and affirming? Perhaps a post about spirituality or ritual or the inner work required to live whole in this world? This space will be home to writings that speak to the spaces beneath the surface of things – the often unseen or unheard. Give voice to the silent whispers.

Body
This space will hold writings relating to the physical experience of things. What it takes to live and exist in this body of ours. Health and well-being, addiction and body shame. Nutrition and health. The bones and flesh and corporeal experience of being alive in this world.

Sex
Sex and sensuality. Intimacy and power. Vulnerability and eroticism. Salacious and bawdy and carnal and lascivious. Raw and Real. Gorgeous and gritty. Heartbreaking and hilarious. We want real stories about sex and desire – either with a partner or inside of the sweetest solitude.

Wanderlust
Wild Hearts are often restless. This is the space to contain those restless wanderings. Stories of your travels, real or desired, your relationship to the natural world, your need to be lost and found and lost again. Tell us where you have been and where you desperately want to go.

Relationships
Partners. Children. Friendships. Family. The relationships we have, the ones we want, the ones we need to leave. Share your stories of the epic moments and the ordinary days and everything in between.The pain and the heartbreak. The joy and the bliss. Life and death and birth and grief and celebration. Take us inside of the relationships that form the fabric of your life.

Creativity
Let’s talk about art. About passion. About the muse and the fire of creation. Tell us about your relationship to your creative power. Tell us about how this intersects and competes and complements the rest of life. Share your process and your power. Give us a glimpse at how you dance with the muse and unblock the blocks – and how you remain creative in a world determined to make it not so.

The World Around Us
Wild Hearts feel it all. The state of the world around us frequently leaves us raw and bleeding – our empathetic souls soaking in the pain and the imbalance and all that needs to change. And we cannot be silent. This space is for the intersection of art and activism. For the places where story and politics and current events become real within a collection of words.

Style:
Style is individual. We do not police style or work to cram writing into some narrow little box. Write in your own voice, and make it as unique as you are. Wild Heart Writers are not normally all that concerned rules and expectations – so feel free to ignore the lessons your high school English teacher drilled into your head about what is proper or expected. Feel free to get all ‘rebel with a cause’ on us – it keeps things interesting.

Diversity of voices and content:
We specifically seek to highlight voices from a diverse collection of writers, crossing ethnic, cultural, geographic, sexuality, age and socioeconomic backgrounds. In your submissions – both words and images, please also keep this diversity in mind.

Types of writing:
We accept poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, memoir, current events. Basically – any writing the blows the roof off the expected, the safe and the status quo.

We do not currently accept fiction, but feel free to have fun with the creative nonfiction genre – there is some wiggle room there.

We also speak directly to issues relating to politics and current events. We do not shy away from the controversial or hard-hitting realities of our times. We specifically seek to highlight and amplify voices and communities directly impacted by current events.

Word count:
General guidelines: Prose submissions should have a minimum word count of 500 and a maximum of approximately 2,000.

We recognize that some topics will require more than 2,500 words. We may occasionally publish longer feature pieces – please email wildheartwriters@gmail.com if you wish to submit a feature piece.

Poetry is not subject to minimum or maximum and will be considered on a case by case basis subject to editor discretion.

Language
We will not accept submissions that contain racial or ethnic slurs or language that is used to belittle another based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or economic status, We aim to empower and include, not devalue.

Swearing? Bring it on, but make it count.

You are welcome to submit an article that has been published on your own personal blog or site, or social media. You must at minimum change the title and ideally make small changes to the body so it is not an exact duplicate of a previously published work.

We do not currently accept posts that have previously been published on another third party site.

If we haven’t answered your question – feel free to send us an email at wildheartwriters@gmail.com – we’ll be happy to answer. Please give us a week to answer your inquiry.
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Yes – I’ve taken one of the workshops and I want to submit my work.

We are seeking poetry, prose, creative non-fiction and writing that blows the roof off the expected, the safe and the status quo.

We want soul-searching, thought-provoking, forward-thinking words that go beneath the surface, surpass comfort zones and take us right to the wild heart of what really matters.

Words that risk bearing yourself, words that come from the wild parts. Words that will take us all the way home. Spill your guts, cross your arms and stand in your truth stories that are not interested in approval and demand to be told.

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No, I’ve not taken the workshops and I want to learn more.

Our workshops are all a journey to the center of your wild heart. Including daily prompts, a private Facebook group, and entry into the Wild Heart Writers Community  – the courses begin at only $30

Yes. I want to become a wild heart writer
 
 
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Become a featured writer or regular columnist.

If you have completed any of our workshops and would like to become a featured writer or regular columnist – apply here. 

We will feature one Wild Heart Writer every month with an in-depth interview, photos and links to your work. Regular columnists are expected to submit at least one new piece each month.

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