Submissions

Ember Chasm Review is an Arizona-based literary magazine and craft journal. We publish innovative, brutally honest prose and poetry. In other words, we want stories that scream in libraries, stories that veer us down a hidden road in a well-known city—we want the stories you construct outside your comfort zone. Diversity of content is appreciated: play with genre, form. Break walls and show us the mold sprouting beneath. We especially encourage submissions from emerging, unpublished, and undergraduate writers. 

To get a sense of what we enjoy reading, look at authors like Carmen Maria Machado, Aimee Bender, Miranda July, Ted Chiang, Ann Cummins, Raymond Carver. For poetry: Neil Hilborn, Allen Ginsburg, Billy Collins, Blythe Baird, Sylvia Plath, and Sherwin Bitsui. Give us what we haven’t read before; give us what we didn’t know we wanted.

Though Ember Chasm only accepts previously unpublished work, we are happy to review simultaneous submissions. Just let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We publish online issues three times a year, in April, August, and December, and plan on eventually releasing print issues, too. We also offer a contest issue once a year.

Let’s talk cost. Above all, our dedication is to literature, and illuminating the fantastic stories that exist in the world we live in. So, in that vein, access to all of our online issues is free. No subscription, no cost, no locks. Unfortunately, without revenue generated from those subscriptions, and to cover the costs of production, we must charge a small submission fee to keep our small flame kindled. However, if the fee is too much, email us at staff@emberchasmreview.com and we'll help you out. And, when we can, we’ll offer free submissions. 

Thank you for understanding; we can’t wait to be moved by what you send us—for what matters more than the stories we tell? Also, if you like our method, consider donating on our website. Your contribution will help keep art accessible to everyone, and you’ll get some magnificent perks.

Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Ember Chasm seeks experimental, brutally honest short stories.
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Submissions should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
  • Only submit one story per reading period.
  • Please use .doc or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted.
  • We accept submissions through our website or through Submittable.

Poetry

  • We want poetry that turns, that moves, that sings.
  • Poetry should be single spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins.
  • Ember Chasm allows authors to submit one to five poems per reading period.
  • Please submit all your poems on one document.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Only submit one set of poems per reading period.
  • Please use .doc, .docx, or .pdf file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted.

Visual Art

  • Ember Chasm accepts visual art submissions for issue covers. 
  • We’re happy to review: photography, digital art, drawings/paintings, mixed media, and photos of larger art such as sculptures, tapestries, textiles etc. If you have something that isn’t any of that, still send it over! We’ll take a look. 
  • You may submit up to five images per submission period.
  • We ask that images be sized so that at least one dimension meets or exceeds 1000px. at 72ppi. 
  • Please submit images in .jpg or .png format, under 5mb.
  •  We may contact you for a higher-quality print if your work is accepted. 

Ember Chasm Review is very excited to announce our second Ember Chasm Fiction and Poetry Contest which will officially close for submissions on February 5th. There is no theme for this contest, however, we enjoy the innovative and brutally honest, and we encourage you to explore the published works of our judges, as detailed below, and look to our previous issues. Though we lean towards literary fiction, we are happy to review genre fiction as well. There will be four writers in each category awarded for our contest. The prizes are as follows:

First Place: $100, a physical trophy, publication in Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of the contest issue

Second Place: $50, publication in Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of the contest issue

Third Place: $25, publication in Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of the contest issue

Honorable Mention: publication in Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of the contest issue

Our guidelines:

  • Poetry should be single spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins. 
  • Fiction should be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins. 
  • Ember Chasm allows authors to submit one to five poems or a short story of up to 6,000 words. You may submit to both categories but you must submit separately. 
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Please use .doc, or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted.
  • If you submitted to our summer contest, you are more than welcome to submit to this one as well. 

We are thrilled to announce our phenomenal judges for this quarters contest. 

Fiction will be judged by Matt Bell. Matt Bell’s next novel, Appleseed, is forthcoming from Custom House/William Morrow in July 2021. His craft book Refuse to Be Done, a guide to novel writing, rewriting, & revision, will follow in early 2022 from Soho Press. He is also the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur's Gate II, and several other titles. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, American Short Fiction, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

Poetry will be judged by Amy Lerman. Amy Lerman is a residential faculty member in the English department at Mesa Community College. Her poems have been published in Rattle, The Gila River Review, ABZ, Generation,; Garbanzo, Prime Number, Euphony, Stories That Need to Be Told, and Irises.  She took second place in the 2014 Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry, won the 2015 Art Young Memorial Award for Poetry, received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's February 2015 Short Story Award for New Writers, and was a finalist in poetry for the 2017 Princemere Poetry Prize.

We can’t wait to be moved by what you send us—for what matters most than the stories we tell?

Hello, 

  • Ember Chasm Review is currently offering Editing Services to any writer who would like detailed, line-by-line feedback on their fiction or poetry. 
  •  We’ll give you comments focused on higher-level aspects of storytelling: strength of beginning and ending; character, voice, thematic, and metaphorical consistency; redundant, vague, or overly-complex descriptions; setting and plot authenticity; forced dialogue; overall engagement; the necessity of scenes; and anything else we notice while reading your work. (Don’t worry, we’ll point out the good stuff, too.) Both of our editors have degrees in English and years of experience with manuscript editing and creative writing. 
  • This is NOT a submission for publication in Ember Chasm. You should only use this option if you are looking for feedback on a short story, novel excerpt, or collection of poems. 
  • You may submit one short story or novel chapter of up to 25 pages OR five poems for feedback. 
  • You can expect us to deliver your feedback in one to four weeks. 


 

Ember Chasm Review is very excited to announce our first ever Ember Chasm Novel Excerpt Contest which will officially close for submissions on December 5th.

There is no theme for this contest, however, we enjoy the innovative and brutally honest, and we encourage you to look to our previous issues or to authors like Emma Cline, Donna Tartt, Carmen Maria Machado, V.E Schwab, Aimee Bender, Karen Russel, Virginia Woolf, Brandon Sanderson, Pierce Brown, and Mohsin Hamid. We are happy to review submissions of all genres—literary fictions, sci-fi, YA, fantasy, magical realism, experimental, horror—however, we are unlikely to accept a story that relies entirely on the conventions or tropes of its genre. Submissions for our contest will officially close on December 5th. 

First Place: $100, publication in issue three of Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of your issue.

Runner Up: publication in issue three of Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of your issue. 

 

Our guidelines:

  • Ember Chasm seeks novel excerpts. These can be literary fiction, genre fiction, or young adult. We are just looking for good stories.  
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document as we read blind. 
  • Submissions can be one to three chapters long with a maximum of 50 pages. 
  • Please use .doc or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted.

 Hello, and thank you for considering Ember Chasm Review!
 

  • We seek experimental, brutally honest short stories. Though we lean towards literary fiction, we are open to reviewing genre fiction as well. We are currently accepting submissions for our third issue which will be published in December of 2020. We will close for submissions for Issue III on November 5th. 
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Submissions should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
  • Only submit one story per reading period.
  • Please use .doc or .docx file formats. 
  • We accept submissions through our website or through Submittable.


 Hello, and thank you for considering Ember Chasm Review!
 

  • We seek experimental, brutally honest short stories and poetry. Though we lean towards literary fiction, we are open to reviewing genre fiction as well. We are currently looking for stories and poems for our Third Issue. Submissions for our third issue will officially close on November 5th.
  • With this option, we will send you a response within 24 hours. Our normal submission response time can be anything between one day and four months. 
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Fiction submissions should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words OR poetry submissions should be up to five poems. 
  • Please use .doc or .docx file formats. 
  • If you would not like the 24 hour option, please submit to our standard poetry or fiction. 

 Hello, and thank you for considering Ember Chasm Review!

 

  • We seek experimental, brutally honest short stories and poetry. Though we lean towards literary fiction, we are open to reviewing genre fiction as well. We are currently looking for stories and poems for our Third Issue. Submissions for our third issue will officially close on November 5th.
  • With this option, when we send you a response, we'll also provide positives about your work, and constructive feedback should you so desire. This doesn't move you up the queue, however; we'll respond to you within our normal few month time frame.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Fiction submissions should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words OR poetry submissions should be up to five poems. 
  • Please use .doc or .docx file formats. 
  • If you would not like the feedback option, please submit to our standard poetry or fiction. 


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