Contest Announcement: It Must Be Bone-Chilling

IMBH is proud to announce its first ever paid writing contest. Given our fondness for the season, the theme of this contest is horror. Through October 24, 2017, IMBH is accepting short, horror stories as part of its It Must Be Bone-Chilling competition. 

Horror contest flyer

The contest winner will receive $50 and publication on our Half-Baked page. Contest guidelines are listed below and general questions should be directed to or our Facebook page.

How to Compete

  1. Like and follow the IMBH Facebook page
  2. Review guidelines, write, edit and submit
  3. Share with your friends and get excited


  • All submissions will be sent to
  • In the subject line, note that this is a contest submission, your name, and title of work. Examples: 
    • Horror Contest – “Something Scary Sounding” by Marvin Barry
  • All documents will be in .doc format.
  • Include your name, preferred email address and website/preferred social media account in the body of your email submission
  • Include a short, 100 word, third-person bio in the body of your email submission.
  • Lengths not to exceed 4,000 words
  • Flash pieces are accepted
  • One submission per person
  • Previously unpublished work will be considered but prior publication details must be disclosed
  • By submitting, you are claiming the work as your own, original creative work and giving IMBH permission to publish if selected as winner
  • Winners to be announced on Halloween, October 31, 2017


Horror is subjective, and as a result, we are prepared to read entries spanning many different sub-genres of horror. Our only stipulation is that your entry is tasteful within the context of this theme. Stories depicting sexual, or overly-excessive violence against women and children will not be considered.

Christine Stoddard – Artist Profile

Christine Stoddard Profile

*Editor’s Note: In the first of IMBH’s series of artist profiles, Christine Stoddard graciously fills us in on all things creative, including what inspires her and what her process is like.


IMBH: First, tell us who you are.

CS: I’m a fairy punk. I’m a moon shadow. I’m a pony sweat factory. I also am a Salvadoran-Scottish-American writer and artist originally from Virginia. Now I live in Brooklyn, where I spin tales in various media. Like most people, I started making art as a child. Unlike most people, I didn’t stop. My work has appeared everywhere from the Queens Museum to the Condé Nast Building in Times Square to national magazines like Marie Claire and The Feminist Wire. Still, the hustle continues. I don’t write and make art for the big names, though the names certainly give me a platform. I write and make art out of passion as much as a sense of obligation. Telling stories is what I do well and I think everybody owes it to society to make use of their gifts.

IMBH: You mentioned having a platform… You’re involved in a lot of different projects that could provide those platforms. Can you tell us a little more about a couple of them?

CS: Quail Bell Press & Productions serves as the umbrella for most of my creative projects. It’s the art and media production company I started in college and I use it to unleash my ideas onto whatever nooks and crannies of the world that will have them. The main Quail Bell project is Quail Bell Magazine, an art and culture magazine for the imaginary, nostalgic, and the otherworldly. We publish essays, poems, fiction, films, photo sets, and more.

IMBH: What are you creating?

CS: I play with words and images to tell all kinds of stories. Sometimes that means writing an essay; other times, it means creating a poetry film. It really depends on the kind of story I want to tell and what media I think works best. I’ve done everything from on-site installations to mixed media paintings to ‘zines to books.

IMBH: Is there a particular project you’re proud of, like a first publication or piece of work that no one has seen but means a lot to you?

CS: I’m excited about everything I create, at least what I make in my free time. Sometimes in order to support myself, I have to make things I find less exciting but that’s a fact of capitalism. I’m currently the editor-in-chief of two lifestyle publications in New York City and enjoy my job. Journalism and copywriting have earned me the money I need to survive and given me plenty of material to work with as a creative writer and artist.

Anyway, I’ll answer your question by citing a recent project. Lately, I’ve been proud of “Like Breath, Like Air,” which was a collaborative poetry film and photo collage set I produced with my husband, David Fuchs, and friend, Mari Pack.

IMBH: What drives you to create?

CS: I create because I make sense of the world through stories. I hope my stories can help others make sense of the world, too. My magic power is storytelling and I just want to be the best bruja I can be.

IMBH: What’s your creative process like?

CS: I have a routine in the sense that I wake up every morning, drink too much coffee, and create. After that, though, it really is a free-for-all. I pretend I have a ritual, but I really don’t. Regardless of the time of year, I spend most of my days making and consuming art and media. It’s how I feed myself literally and figuratively.

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Christine Stoddard is a writer and artist who lives in Brooklyn. She also is the founding editor of Quail Bell Magazine, as well as the author of Hispanic & Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press), Ova (Dancing Girl Press, 2017), and two miniature books from the Poems-For-All series. Her work has appeared in the New York Transit Museum, Cosmopolitan, The Feminist Wire, Bustle, the New York City Poetry Festival, Teen Vogue, the Poe Museum, Ravishly, the Condé Nast Building in Times Square, and beyond.


Are you an artist who would like to be featured on It Must Be Heartbreaking? Visit our submissions page to learn to how to reach out. 

Office Hours – February, 2017



Friends of It Must Be Heartbreaking,

Myke and I haven’t been shy about sharing our goals for IMBH. Atop the list for 2017 is the launch of an annual print anthology. As you can imagine, the production of this project is a bit more complicated than assembling entries, formatting selected works and sending data to a printer. We want to give any contributors to this project the best experience possible. This includes a streamlined submission and jurying process but, most importantly, it also means no submission fees to cover production costs. We want to be in the business of paying our contributors, especially for print work.

While we realize the power and potential of a well-executed crowdfunding campaign, we’re also aware that our social media presence isn’t quite where it could be for such an initiative.

That’s where you come in.

No, we’re not asking for money (well, not yet). Instead, we’re asking that you invite your friends and family to follow our IMBH social accounts. Even if they’re not into the type of work we’re publishing, we believe that everyone has a bit of artistry in them and can still appreciate our collective creations.

Above everything else – print anthologies, live events, and building a community of writers and artists – we want IMBH to be a place for people to interact with fresh, new content. Essays, guest blogs, opinion pieces and reviews are all welcome. These are the things that are particularly important for many of us right now, and IMBH wants to help provide that service.

Your assistance in helping IMBH build a larger social audience is a crucial step in accomplishing these goals.

In the meantime, we’re thrilled to continue bringing everyone exciting work through our online channels. In that spirit, Myke and I are considering a digital anthology based on the theme of “Home.” The idea of how one’s home can spur creativity is fascinating to us. Short fiction, poetry, photography and personal essays inspired by your hometown, its residents or even your childhood home are all fair game.

A digital-only anthology may not appeal to everyone, so we’d like to get feedback from anyone willing to weigh in:


We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts, and for inviting your friends to check us out. And, of course, thank you for reading and contributing to It Must Be Heartbreaking.

Take care,

The Big Cheese, It Must Be Heartbreaking

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IMBH’s Myke Doyle Interviews with Capaul’s Corner

Friend of It Must Be Heartbreaking, Ben Capaul, recently invited world traveler and IMBH editor, Myke Doyle, to participate in the maiden voyage of his new YouTube channel – Capaul’s Corner. 

Capaul’s Corner will be bringing you the latest news and updates from emerging authors, musicians and artists. 

Check out episode 1 and IMBH’s interview below: 

Be sure to subscribe to Capaul’s Corner on YouTube, in order to stay up to date with their channel. 


Are you a writer or poet? Maybe a musician or artist? IMBH is currently accepting submissions for publications to its online platforms. Visit our submissions page to learn more.

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