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 We especially encourage submissions from emerging, unpublished, neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and undergraduate writers.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Though Ember Chasm only accepts previously unpublished work, we are happy to review simultaneous submissions.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 print and online issues twice a year, in March and September. Both issues contain the results of our contests.

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. 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.

For payment, we currently offer:

 - a $15 Honorarium and one print contributor copy of the issue. 

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. 

Thank you for considering Ember Chasm Review

We are currently accepting submissions for our sixth issue which will be published in September of 2022. 

Payment is a $15 Honorarium, and one print contributor copy of the issue. 


Fiction & Poetry Guidelines:
 

  • We seek experimental, brutally honest short stories. Though we lean towards literary fiction, we are open to reviewing genre fiction as well.
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins, or something similarly easy to read.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. There is no minimum. In fact, the shorter the better.
  • 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 28th.
  • 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. 

While our judges deliberate on the finalists from our third contest, Ember Chasm Review is very excited to announce our fourth Fiction and Poetry Contest. There is no theme for this contest, however, we typically 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 consider genre fiction as well. 

There will be two writers in each category awarded for our contest. The prizes are as follows:


First Place: $500, a physical trophy, publication in Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of the contest issue (issue six)
Second Place: $50, publication in Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of the contest issue (issue six)


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, 12pt.  
  • 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'll announce our issue six judges soon. Our previous contest was judged by: 


Fiction was 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 was 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 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 the 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!

Ember Chasm Review is pleased to announce our 2022 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, Melissa Bowers, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Dana Diehl, Miranda July, K-Ming Chang, Ann Cummins, Meg Pokrass, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender, and Matt Bell.


Rewards:
1st Place - $200, publication in issue six of Ember Chasm Review,
2nd Place - $50, publication in issue six of Ember Chasm Review

What we want:
-Flash fiction or short stories with a maximum length of 2,000 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 very excited to announce our third Ember Chasm Novel Excerpt Contest. 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.


PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is NOT for the publication of a full-length novel. This is to showcase quality excerpts for a cash prize and exposure that may hopefully lead you to agent representation and house/press publication outside of Ember Chasm. We hope to invest in becoming a press soon, but not at this juncture.


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

Runner Up: publication in issue six 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, memoir, genre fiction like scifi, fantasy, and horror with literary elements, 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.
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