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An independent press since 2010, Hypertext Magazine (online) and Hypertext Review (print) are the publishing initiatives of Chicago-based Hypertext Magazine & Studio (HMS). Our publications have always amplified the work of underrepresented, emerging, and established writers and visual artists. Hypertext is the place where innovative and genre-bending work coexist with more traditional forms. We publish startling short fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and delightful surprises that merge genres and bend rules. Hypertext is highly committed to not only the literary community but our extended community in Chicago and beyond. Online, readers from around the world can access all content—including visual art and interviews—at no cost. In 2021 alone, our online magazine has garnered nearly 100,000 visitors. Since becoming a nonprofit in 2017, we have published nine print journals and paid hundreds of writers and visual artists. Not many independent presses have been around for over a decade and we are committed to continuing to champion high-quality writing from professional writers—including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, writers who are differently abled, and other marginalized communities—and to promote that writing to our already robust readership. We regularly publish interviews with writers who have books forthcoming from independent publishers in the spirit of providing added publicity. Since 2017, six essays have been recognized as “Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction” in HarperCollins The Best American Essays collections and one essay won an Illinois Arts Council Award. HMS’s other program, our local community teaching outreach program, offers free writing workshops to Chicago-area adults rebuilding after incarceration, homelessness, poverty, violence, recovering from substance use disorders, or any life setbacks. Our workshops allow individuals to express themselves creatively while improving overall writing skills that will help them write persuasive cover letters, impactful resumes, and advocate for their rights. Most of our workshops are taught in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhoods, in collaboration with established nonprofits. HMS is a recipient of partial grants from Illinois Humanities, Illinois Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Chicago’s CityArts Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE). We are firmly rooted in the belief that engaging the creative mind is essential to both individual and community health.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2009

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished on a rolling basis.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Open Fee-based

Dates:
Open to fiction submissions through 31 May 2023* (approx. 120 days from now). 0
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Satirical.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Up to 3 pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 3,000 words.
Novel Excerpt Novel ExcerptUp to 3,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
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Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Nonfiction Open Fee-based

Dates:
Open to nonfiction submissions through 31 May 2023* (approx. 120 days from now). 1
Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Satirical.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Interview InterviewNo word count limits.
Essay EssayUp to 3,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 3,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Poetry DNQ

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Visual Art Closed

This project has permanently closed to submissions in this category.

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Dates

Last Updated: 28 Oct 2022
Last Checked: 25 Jan 2023 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 06 Oct 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 28 Oct 2011

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