Thank you for considering Hermeneutic Chaos as a home for your work!

Hermeneutic Chaos publishes six online editions in a year, in the months of January, March, May, July, September and November. It also publishes up to ten chapbooks every year through its press. 

We welcome submissions by authors from diverse backgrounds and  literary preferences. We admire all forms of experimental, hybrid and avant-garde literature, collaborative writings, visual and graphic outpourings-anything that literature is capable of. 

Please note that while we accept simultaneous submissions, we do not accept work that has been previously published. If you wish to know more about the kind of work that we publish, please visit the current and previous issues on our website.

Please submit multiple poetry/prose in one document. We request you not to submit more than once in the same category at a time. However, we do encourage multiple submissions across categories. 
Ends on November 1, 2016

.We will read submissions for the third annual Jane Lumley Prize between September 1 and November 1, 2016.

Before submitting, we request you to read our submission guidelines here.

The Jane Lumley Prize will only be awarded to emerging poets who have not published more than one full length collection of poetry/prose (both traditional as well as self-published), and/or have only published chapbooks, and/or found a home for their works in literary magazines and anthologies. We also strongly encourage unpublished writers to submit their poems for consideration.

The winner, judged in a blind review by a guest judge, will receive a prize of $300 and will be featured in the January 2017 edition of Hermeneutic Chaos. The winner will also receive a certificate, 10 broadsides of the winning poem, and three chapbooks from our press catalog. Publication will also be awarded to the first three semi-finalists, along with certificates. We will also select up to six honorable mentions who will be offered publication. In addition, all the entries will be considered for publication in the forthcoming issues of the journal.

We are pleased to announce that this year, our contest will be co-sponsored by Duotrope, the award winning writers' resource, which has generously contributed a one year subscription gift certificate to be awarded to the winner.

All the participants will be notified about the status of their submission by November 30, 2016.

Please note that there is no entry fee for submissions. You may, however, choose to make a donation of $3 with your submission to support our endeavor.


Guidelines for Submission:

  • You may submit a maximum of eight poems (totaling not more than ten pages) per submission in a single word document for consideration. 
  • Submissions should be original and previously unpublished. 
  • We welcome submissions of all forms and styles of poetry, including hybrid, prose poetry, and poetic-prose. Translations are not eligible for this prize.
  • Screening for the The Jane Lumley Prize is blind. Therefore, we request you to not include your name or any other contact information in your submission packet, as well as the filename. You may, however, include a brief biographical note in the cover letter. 
  • ​We encourage simultaneous submissions, but we request you to inform us promptly in case your work is accepted elsewhere. If you need to withdraw a part of your submission, please leave a note in Submittable. Please only use the “Withdraw” feature if you need to withdraw the submission in its entirety. 
  • Please do not submit more than twice in order to allow a fair opportunity to all the participants. You may, however, submit to us again if you withdraw your work from consideration. 

Thank you, and we look forward to reading your work!



Ends on November 1, 2016$ 3.00 - 28.00
$ 3.00 - 28.00
This category allows you to submit to The Jane Lumley Prize and also to support our literary endeavor.

.We will read submissions for the third annual Jane Lumley Prize between September 1 and November 1, 2016.

Before submitting, we request you to read our submission guidelines here.

he Jane Lumley Prize will only be awarded to emerging poets who have not published more than one full length collection of poetry/prose (both traditional as well as self-published), and/or have only published chapbooks, and/or found a home for their works in literary magazines and anthologies. We also strongly encourage unpublished writers to submit their poems for consideration.

The winner, judged in a blind review by a guest judge, will receive a prize of $300 and will be featured in the January 2017 edition of Hermeneutic Chaos. The winner will also receive a certificate, 10 broadsides of the winning poem, and three chapbooks from our press catalog. Publication will also be awarded to the first three semi-finalists, along with certificates. We will also select up to six honorable mentions who will be offered publication. In addition, all the entries will be considered for publication in the forthcoming issues of the journal.

We are pleased to announce that this year, our contest will be co-sponsored by Duotrope, the award winning writers' resource, which has generously contributed a one year subscription gift certificate to be awarded to the winner.

All the participants will be notified about the status of their submission by November 30, 2016.

Please note that there is no entry fee for submissions. You may, however, choose to make a donation of $3 with your submission to support our endeavor.


Guidelines for Submission:

  • You may submit a maximum of eight poems (totaling not more than ten pages) per submission in a single word document for consideration. 
  • Submissions should be original and previously unpublished. 
  • We welcome submissions of all forms and styles of poetry, including hybrid, prose poetry, found poetry and erasures, and poetic-prose. Translations are not eligible for this prize.
  • Screening for the The Jane Lumley Prize is blind. Therefore, we request you to not include your name or any other contact information in your submission packet, as well as the filename. You may, however, include a brief biographical note in the cover letter. 
  • ​We encourage simultaneous submissions, but we request you to inform us promptly in case your work is accepted elsewhere. If you need to withdraw a part of your submission, please leave a note in Submittable. Please only use the “Withdraw” feature if you need to withdraw the submission in its entirety. We request you to not withdraw your submission in order to introduce edits, and use the "Edit" feature on Submittable.
  • Please do not submit more than twice in order to allow a fair opportunity to all the participants. You may, however, submit to us again if you withdraw your work from consideration. 

Thank you, and we look forward to reading your work!

You may submit up to five poems of any length to us at a time in a single word document. 

We greatly admire poems that have a strong sensory appeal with an enthusiastic linguistic freedom, where words contemplate the interpretations of instincts and deeper strokes of human dilemma. We do not generally embrace a poetic vision constrained by the limitations of a rhyming scheme. 

Thank you considering us as a home for your work.

You may submit up to three prose pieces to us at a time in a single word document. However, please ensure that these do not exceed 3000 words together. 

We primarily look for prose that is eclectic in nature, uses language in interesting ways, and encourages the readers to admire the subtle aesthetics of the smaller narrative moments in the plot.  We are open to reading all genres of fiction, including fantasy and magic realism.

Please include a word count for each piece on the top of the page.

Thank you considering us as a home for your work!


Ends on November 15, 2016

Milk Teeth is an anthology inspired by the curiously collected moments of childhood that are ephemeral yet enduring, and that continue to beckon us from the depths of time and memory. We wish to read poetry and prose that smell the damp garden soil in the dawn, taste the blood of scraped knees and elbows, remember the cracks in the walls of the bedroom, and hear the slow murmur of the mother's lullaby. We seek work that speak of the bright eyed enchantment and the fierce rebellion, the fairy tales gone wrong, the salt hymned loss and the tree etched promises. In short, we would love to read anything that distills the enigmas and transformations of childhood into a powerful aesthetic expression rich in language and imagery.

Reading Period: We will read submissions for the anthology from September 15- November 15.

What We Are Looking For:

  • ​Poetry : Not more than five poems of any length at a time. This includes poetry in both prose and verse form.
  • Fiction : Not more than three fiction pieces at a time (upto 2000 words). This includes both flash fictions and longer pieces.
  • Creative Non-Fiction / Micro Essays : Not more than two pieces at a time (upto 1500 words)


Guidelines:

  • We are open to all forms and styles of poetry and prose, including hybrid literature and collaborative ventures.
  • We do consider reprints; however, we request you to mention those pieces as such in your submission packet.
  • Please include a cover letter and a short, third person bio with each submission.
  • Please submit multiple poetry and prose submissions in one document.
  • We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions. However, we request you to inform us promptly in case your submitted work finds acceptance elsewhere.
  • Please do not submit more than two packets at a given time. You are most welcome to submit again once you receive a reply from us.


If your work is accepted for publication, you will receive one contributor copy of the anthology as payment. You may also purchase additional author copies from the press at cost. All our anthologies are printed as limited editions (200-250 copies). We cannot offer a monetary compensation to you at this time.

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Thanks, and we are excited to read your work!

You may submit up to six pieces at a time as separate attachments.

We welcome submissions of color/b&w photography, paintings/drawings, and digital art to be incorporated as the cover art of a particular issue of Hermeneutic Chaos. 

Thank you for considering us as a home for your work.