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. 
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Thank you for considering Hermeneutic Chaos Press as a possible home for your manuscript. We are excited to read it!

Before you submit, please get acquainted with all the necessary information pertaining to chapbook submissions on our website

Submission Period:
May 1- June 30

If you wish to purchase one of our titles at a discounted price along with your submission, please visit here.

We read manuscripts that belong to the following categories
  • Poetry (verse and prose)
  • Flash/micro fiction
  • Short fiction 
  • Creative non-fiction and lyric essays
  • Hybrid

Guidelines:
  • Please submit a manuscript that is between 15-30 pages in length (excluding the title page, acknowledgements, etc). 
  • All submissions must include a title page and an acknowledgements page (if required). There is no need to number the pages.
  • Please ensure that each piece gets its own page, and each new work begins on a new page.
  • We do consider individual pieces that have been published elsewhere, but the manuscript as a whole should be unpublished, whether online or in print. 
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions. However, please mention this in the cover letter and withdraw your manuscript immediately if it finds a home elsewhere.
  • You can submit multiple manuscripts in any category during a given reading period. However, each manuscript should be sent as a separate submission.
  • Please note that manuscript revisions will not be considered once it has been submitted. This is because we begin to read the manuscripts very soon after they are submitted to us, and an editing request plays havoc with our momentum. We never disqualify manuscripts for errors or mistakes. We are primarily interested in speaking to the author's voice, and the themes and motifs that reside in the chapbooks. In case we have any question regarding your manuscript, we will contact you. However, if you feel that the changes would drastically alter the aesthetic shape of the manuscript, we request you to withdraw it in its entirety and submit again.

Authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication will receive 15 author copies as payment. They may also purchase additional author copies from the press at cost. 

We aim to respond to all our submissions within 8-10 weeks, usually less. Please feel free to contact us if you don't hear from us by then.

In case you have any question regarding submissions, please get in touch with us at editor.hermeneuticchaos (at) gmail.com.

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to read your manuscript. We look forward to spending time with it!

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If you wish to purchase a chapbook at a discounted price from our catalog along with your submission, you may do so using this category. This not only supports our press, but also allows our amazing authors to gain another set of encouraging readers.

Thank you for considering Hermeneutic Chaos Press as a possible home for your manuscript. We are excited to read it!

Before you submit, please get acquainted with all the necessary information pertaining to chapbook submissions on our website

Submission Period:
May 1- June 30

We read manuscripts that belong to the following categories
  • Poetry (verse and prose)
  • Flash/micro fiction
  • Short fiction 
  • Creative non-fiction and lyric essays
  • Hybrid

Guidelines:
  • Please submit a manuscript that is between 15-30 pages in length (excluding the title page, acknowledgements, etc). 
  • All submissions must include a title page and an acknowledgements page (if required). There is no need to number the pages.
  • Please ensure that each piece gets its own page, and each new work begins on a new page.
  • We do consider individual pieces that have been published elsewhere, but the manuscript as a whole should be unpublished, whether online or in print. 
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions. However, please mention this in the cover letter and withdraw your manuscript immediately if it finds a home elsewhere.
  • You can submit multiple manuscripts in any category during a given reading period.
  • Please note that manuscript revisions will not be considered once it has been submitted. This is because we begin to read the manuscripts very soon after they are submitted to us, and an editing request plays havoc with our momentum. We never disqualify manuscripts for errors or mistakes. We are primarily interested in speaking to the author's voice, and the themes and motifs that reside in the chapbooks. In case we have any question regarding your manuscript, we will contact you. However, if you feel that the changes would drastically alter the aesthetic shape of the manuscript, we request you to withdraw it in its entirety and submit again.

Authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication will receive 15 author copies as payment. They may also purchase additional author copies from the press at cost. 

We aim to respond to all our submissions within 8-10 weeks, usually less. Please feel free to contact us if you don't hear from us by then.

In case you have any question regarding submissions, please get in touch with us at editor.hermeneuticchaos (at) gmail.com.

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to read your manuscript. We look forward to spending time with it!

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!


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.