If you have questions about The Chaos not answered here or elsewhere on our website, contact us.
- Do you accept art submissions?
- To what extent will you edit my essay if it is accepted?
- How long will it take to receive a response after I have submitted?
- Do you accept submissions from unpublished writers?
- Can you give me any tips to help get my essay accepted?
- Your word count guideline is 1,500 – 7,500 words. If my submission is a little under or over, will you publish it?
- Why do you charge a submission fee?
- Will you give feedback on my submission?
- If the essay I submitted is posted on my blog, do you consider it previously published?
- How much do you pay for a published essay?
Do you accept art submissions?
Not at this time. We use found photos to illustrate The Chaos.Back to Index
To what extent will you edit my essay if it is accepted?
We generally accept essays that are ready for publication, but since we often publish new writers, we may go beyond mechanical editing to make an essay shine. The writer will have final approval before publication.Back to Index
How long will it take to receive a response after I have submitted?
You can expect a wait from a week to 3 months depending on when you submit during the reading period. If you haven’t heard back from us after 3 months, please contact us.Back to Index
Do you accept submissions from unpublished writers?
Yes! And, we have published unpublished writers. We love finding new voices!Back to Index
Can you give me any tips to help get my essay accepted?
Sure! These are based on the most common issues we see in submissions:
- Great writing sounds good, so read your work aloud before submitting.
- Don’t send your first draft. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.
- Show and tell. The best personal narratives have showing and telling so make sure you’re showing as much, if not more than telling.
- Be Creative. But do so in service of the story, not just for the sake of being creative.
- A clever frame is often a crutch; get rid of it and see what happens.
- Start your story in the first paragraph, or at least on the first page.
- Practice the fine art of subtlety; getting hit over the head with a moral lesson or political agenda gives us headaches.
- Lose the cliches (see “getting hit over the head with … “).
- Write more; too often we receive undeveloped “ideas” for essays.
- Write as you speak, and not as you text; I have yet to meet someone who says hitherto in conversation, and I’ve read too many essays littered “af” with text shorthand.
- Be funny, but only if you don’t have to try too hard.
Your word count guideline is 1,500 – 7,500 words. If my submission is a little under or over, will you publish it?
We’re not going to quibble 100 words, but we receive hundreds of submissions and have to draw the line somewhere.Back to Index
Why do you charge a submission fee?
- Submission fees help offset expenses such as hosting, domain name renewals, advertising, contributor payments, contest prizes, and submission processing.
- Submission fees help eliminate spam submissions and increase the overall quality of work submitted.
Will you give feedback on my submission?
Only if you request feedback. We’ve been criticized that our criticism is both blunt and sharp. We’ve also been told that our criticism has been helpful. That is our goal when giving feedback. We want you to be better writers.Back to Index
If the essay I submitted is posted on my blog, do you consider it previously published?
Yes.Back to Index
How much do you pay for a published essay?
Starting with the fall 2017 issue we pay a minimum of $25 for each published essay. Our goal, as funds allow, is to increase payment for future published essays with each issue.Back to Index