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 We especially encourage submissions from emerging, unpublished, and undergraduate writers.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Though Ember Chasm only accepts previously unpublished work, we are happy to review simultaneous submissions.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. 

We are pleased to announce the first ever Ember Chasm Review creative writing class, “Creating an Atmosphere in Story: Methods of Immersion,” hosted by Miranda Williams.

What does it take to submerge a reader in a story? How does a writer completely immerse someone in a fictive world? What tools can a writer use to plunge their audience into the themes and conflicts of their narrative? In this workshop, we will learn how to make our fiction ooze atmosphere. Directed by award-winning writer, Miranda Williams, this workshop will go over writing methods primarily relating to syntax, word-choice, metaphors, and imagery that you can use in order to create a strong, atmospheric narrative. Having a distinct and consistent atmosphere can be what makes a good story fantastic, and can also make your story one that readers are unable to turn away from or forget. Atmosphere is what forces the reader to depart from reality and drown in story. Through looking at several examples, having discussion, listening to the speaker’s presentation, and completing writing exercises, this workshop will uncover narrative techniques used by authors to tell narratives that consume.

This workshop welcomes writers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience. It will be roughly two hours in length and will take place on Zoom on FRIDAY, JULY 30th at 5:30pm Arizona Mountain Standard Time. The Zoom link and workshop materials will be emailed to participants after they sign up by submitting to this form. Furthermore, writers will be reminded of the workshop both a week before and the morning of the workshop. We recommend this class for writers who are seeking to learn more about craft, specifically craft relating to themes, mood, tone, atmosphere, and narrative consistency. Additionally, we also believe this workshop can be a good opportunity for writers who have wanted to take a class on writing at the University or college level but have not had the option to do so. The fee for this class is $15 and can be paid for through this form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Miranda at mlwilliamsbusiness@gmail.com. We look forward to having you and discussing story!

Miranda Williams received her B.A and M.A in English from Arizona State University where she specialized in creative writing. Her work has been published in BOOTH, Blue Earth Review, jmww, Breakwater Review, and Third Point Press, among others. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was selected for the 2020 Best of Small Fictions Anthology. She is the co-founder of Ember Chasm Review and has lectured on creative writing previously at both Mesa Community College and Arizona State University.

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?

Ember Chasm Review is very excited to announce our second Ember Chasm Novel Excerpt Contest which will officially close for submissions on August 5th. With our last novel contest, we received so many fantastic stories and we are very happy to be able to hold this contest again. If you submitted to our previous contest, please feel free to submit again with a new draft of your novel chapter OR a different chapter than you previously submitted. 

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 August 5th.

First Place: $150, publication in issue five of Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of your issue.

Runner Up: publication in issue five 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 no PDF files. 

 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 fourth issue which will be published in August of 2021. We will close for submissions for Issue IV on August 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 Fourth Issue. Submissions for our fourth issue will officially close on August 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 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 24 hour 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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