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 We especially encourage submissions from emerging, unpublished, and undergraduate writers.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Though Ember Chasm only accepts previously unpublished work, we are happy to review simultaneous submissions.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 third Ember Chasm Fiction and Poetry Contest. There is no theme for this contest, however, we enjoy innovative, gritty, and/or brutally honest prose and poetry. We encourage you to explore the published works of our judges, as detailed below, and look to our previous issues for more inspiration. Though we lean towards literary fiction, we are always happy to review genre fiction as well. There will be two writers in each category awarded for our contest. The prizes are as follows:

First Place: $200, a physical trophy, publication in Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of the contest issue (issue five)

Second Place: publication in Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of the contest issue (issue five)


Our guidelines:

  • Ember Chasm allows authors to submit one to five poems or a short story of up to 7,000 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.
  • We would appreciate if you use a serif font such as Times New Roman or Garamond. 
  • If you've submitted to any of our other contests, you are more than welcome to submit to this one as well. All we ask is that you submit a different piece of writing or a new draft of the writing you submitted previously. 


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

Fiction will be judged by Dana Diehl. Dana Diehl is the author of OUR DREAMS MIGHT ALIGN (Splice UK, 2018) and TV GIRLS (New Delta Review, 2018). Her collaborative short story collection, THE CLASSROOM, was published with Gold Wake Press in January 2019. Dana earned her BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has served as editor-in-chief of Hayden’s Ferry Review and The Susquehanna Review. She is a Blog Interviewer for The Collagist. She has taught Composition, Creative Writing, and Humanities at Arizona State University, Florence Prison, the National University of Singapore, and BASIS Primary.

Poetry will be judged by Patricia Colleen Murphy. Patricia Colleen Murphy teaches creative writing at Arizona State University where she is the founding editor of the literary magazine SUPERSTITION REVIEW. Her poetry collection BULLY LOVE was chosen by Tom Lombardo as the winner of the 2019 Press 53 Award for poetry, and her poetry collection HEMMING FLAMES was chosen by Stephen Dunn as the winner of the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in many journals including THE IOWA REVIEW, QUARTERLY WEST, THE AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW and most recently in NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, POETRY NORTHWEST, THIRD COAST, NATURAL BRIDGE, BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW, COPPER NICKEL and others. A chapter of her memoir-in-progress was published as a chapbook by NEW ORLEANS REVIEW.

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

We are pleased to announce our second Flash Fiction Contest! Flash fiction is a delicate and difficult art—the short length constricts one's space to create, which demands words that roar rather than wind, characters that explode vividly from the page, and story that spills from every sentence, every paragraph, brutally flooding the mind, the heart, much like a chest-punch from a water canon, or a revolution that's carried out in a single evening, a single slice of a blade.

At least, this is all what we're looking for in your flash fiction: give us your stories that punch, that leave us soaking wet and on fire at the same time. Give us a delicate dance, total control—leave us in awe at your contortion of the body into place both unnatural and striking, of your narrative heart surgery using the tools of story that you hold so steadily, that you cut so precisely and deftly with. Make us feel, whatever that word may mean to you.

For guidance, we enjoy the stories of Carmen Maria Machado, Dana Diehl, Miranda July, K-Ming Chang, Ann Cummins, Meg Pokrass, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender, and Matt Bell.

Rewards:

1st Place - 25% of submission entry fees and publication in issue five of Ember Chasm Review

2nd Place - 15% of submission entry fees, and publication in issue five of Ember Chasm Review

3rd Place - 10% of submission entry fees, and publication in issue five of Ember Chasm Review

What we want:

-Flash fiction or short stories with a maximum length of 1,500 words.

- 12 pt. Times New Roman double-spaced, or something comparably easy to read.

- Any genre or style; we love experimental works.

- files in .doc, .dox, or .pdf format.

- Submit up to three flash pieces in one document.

- Please remove all identifying information from your document.

- We accept Submissions through Submittable only.

-If you submitted to our previous flash contest, feel free to submit to this one as well. We only ask that you send us a new flash or an edited version of the flash you previously sent. 


We look forward to reading your work!

Ember Chasm Review is currently accepting submissions for our 2022 Print Anthology which is themed around the concept of absurdity! One of our favorite pieces of literature is The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; this novella begins with line "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into an enormous insect." This is exactly the type of of narrative we are looking for. Bring us the absurd, the crazy, the odd. Google defines the absurd as "the quality or state of being ridiculous or wildly unreasonable." Please send us your poems and short stories that encompass this definition! 

Submissions can be one piece of fiction or creative nonfiction under 6,000 words OR up to three poems. You may send work to both categories if you wish as long as they are separate submissions. Visit our guidelines for more details about formatting, if needed:) 


We look forward to reading your work!

 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 fifth issue which will be published in March of 2022. We will close for submissions for Issue V on February 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 6,000 words.
  • Only submit one story per reading period.
  • Please use .doc or .docx file formats. 
  • We accept submissions through Submittable only.

 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 Fifth Issue. Submissions for our fifth issue will officially close on February 5th.
  • With this option, we will send you a response within 1-7 days. Our normal submission response time can be anything between one day and eight months. 
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Fiction submissions should be between 1,000 and 6,000 words OR poetry submissions should be up to five poems. 
  • Please use .doc or .docx file formats. 
  • If you would not like the expedited option, please submit to our standard poetry or fiction. 
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Hello, and thank you for considering Ember Chasm Review!
 

  • Ember Chasm accepts visual art submissions year round for issue covers and as supplementary art for our fiction pieces. 
  • 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 at a time.
  • 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. 


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