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Call for Submissions: The Chaos Issue, #56

      First there was Chaos, the vast immeasurable abyss,

          Outrageous as a sea, dark, wasteful, wild.

   [John Milton, Paradise Lost]

Chaos has many meanings. The ancient Greeks saw Chaos as the dark abyss from which life sprung. Mathematicians use Chaos theory to explain how small decisions can give rise to unexpectedly grave consequences. For parents, Chaos is their child’s bedroom, their busy work schedule. Most of us spend our lives trying to ward off Chaos and keep order. But what happens when we no longer avoid Chaos, and instead embrace it?

In Issue 56, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the unordered, the frenzied, the messy, and the “dark, wasteful, wild.” 

Send us your stories, essays, poems, translations, and art that explore the meaning of Chaos. Maybe you have an essay disrupts the conventions of form, or a story that unravels the turmoil in a character’s life. With Chaos comes its antithesis: order, direction, calm. Capture the chaotic in ways we’ve never imagined.

The deadline for this call is October 1st.

Please submit below.


A Note on the Reading Fee

Last year we introduced a $3.00 reading fee for all submissions. We know this might be a pain, but we hope that you will rest assured knowing all money we receive goes toward supporting HFR's continued success in this transitional time. We hope that the reading fee will be temporary and we won't always have to use it, but for now, we thank you for your continued support! We aim to keep producing a beautiful magazine featuring new and exciting prose and poetry by today's best writers. Please note that current subscribers do not have to pay a reading fee. Subscribe!


About HFR's Editorial Process

PLEASE NOTE: We no longer accept submissions by mail. Submitting through Submishmash is the only way we'll review your work.

Please send one submission per genre at a time, and wait for a response before you submit additional work.

The editorship at HFR changes at the beginning of each year, and as a result, our aesthetic changes every few issues. Our current editors can be found on our masthead.

HFR editors read year-round—because our staff is very small, our response time is currently 2-6 months. We don't like to rush through your writing; we give each piece the time it deserves.

Contributors receive two copies of the magazine and a one-year gift subscription to HFR. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify the editors immediately. We do not accept previously published material. We do not consider book-length works. Submitters are strongly encouraged to read the journal before submitting: to subscribe, visit http://hfr.clas.asu.edu/store.

For information about submitting in a particular genre, scroll down.

We look forward to reading your work!

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