Submission Guidelines

We ARE currently accepting fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions.

General Guidelines-

We want everything submitted to us to stretch the boundaries of our literary understanding, we want stories that say something. We want substance to a piece and body to the art.

As far as theme and genre go, whatever. We prefer literary. We don’t care much, we’re interested in it all. You’ve never seen easier submission guidelines: if you have it, we want it. The higher quality and more unique it is, the better.

-Fiction/Non-Fiction Guidelines-

Simultaneous submissions:

Of course. Just let us know if its accepted somewhere else.

Multiple Submissions:

Please only send one piece, but feel free to submit again after receiving a response.

Reprints: 

You must have regained legal rights. Let us know where it was first published so we can credit it. NOT for non-fiction.

Format:

Follow standard manuscript format. Personally, I prefer 1.0 line spacing, but traditional style is acceptable.

Length/Types:

Short stories – 1,000 – 7,500 words

Novelettes – 7,501 – 17,500 words

Novellas – 17,501 – 25,000 words

Query for longer.

Essays/Articles – No limits, just be reasonable, or not.

Response Times:

I average anywhere from 3 days – 2 weeks, but if it’s gone longer than 3 months shoot us an e-mail.

Rights:

We ask for non-exclusive electronic rights. This means that we want to put it on our website indefinitely.

Submitting:

Attach your document to an e-mail. Write a brief cover letter, tell us about yourself, include a short biographical statement we can include with e-mail. Tell us where you’ve been published, if you’ve never been published let us know, we don’t base your chance of acceptance on experience. We want new writers, and we want to be able to say they were published here first.

Send the e-mail to:

thechaoticreview@gmail.com and indicate the type of submission and the name you want to be published by on the subject line of your e-mail in this format: POETRY – EDGAR A. POE, FICTION – JAMES JOYCE, NON-FICTION – ADAM SMITH.

 

-Poetry Guidelines-

Simultaneous submissions:

Of course. Just let us know if its accepted somewhere else.

Multiple Submissions:

1-10 poems, preferably 3-5.

Reprints: 

Not for poetry.

Format:

Please format your poems the way you wish them to be published, and we’ll do our level best to translate the spatial essence.

Response Time:

Due to severe increases in the volume of submissions, it may take us a couple of weeks to get to your poem. If you haven’t heard back from us in 3 months, contact us, there likely was a problem and we didn’t receive it.

Note: We do not accept paper submissions.

Rights:

We ask for non-exclusive electronic rights. This means that we want to put it on our website indefinitely.

Payment:

We are not currently offering payment but hope to in the future. We also work non-contractually, which means we do not send you a contract to sign. By submitting your work to us in any form and by any medium you’re allowing us to publish your work on our website if it’s accepted. If for any reason you want to withdraw your work, send us an e-mail and we will do our level best to comply.

Other:

We love repeat customers; we want our readers to see names familiar to our journal. After you’re published once, we encourage you to submit to us again and stay among The Chaotic Review family.

Submitting:

Collect your poems into a single document and attach them to an e-mail. Write a brief cover letter, tell us about yourself, include a short biographical statement we can include with your poem. Tell us where you’ve been published, if you’ve never been published let us know, we don’t base your chance of acceptance on experience. We want new poets, and we want to be able to say they were published here first.

Send the e-mail to:

thechaoticreview@gmail.com and indicate the type of submission and the name you want to be published by on the subject line of your e-mail in this format: POETRY – EDGAR A. POE, FICTION – JAMES JOYCE, NON-FICTION – ADAM SMITH.