The Chaos accepts submissions of narrative personal essays, 1,500-7,500 words from unpublished, emerging, and established writers.
What We Like
Quality. Emotional curiosity. Originality. Humor. Honesty. Courage. Brevity.
We want to be astonished.
We want to be moved.
We want to be inspired.
We do not accept previously published work.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please withdraw your submission through our submission manager if your essay is accepted elsewhere.
Multiple submissions are not allowed. Please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again. If your work has been accepted, please wait a year to submit additional work.
Please read our Publishing Agreement before submitting your work.
A Few More Details
General submissions are rolling. Deadlines for themed issues are posted in calls. There is a $2 reading fee to submit. We pay $25 USD per published essay (beginning with fall 2017 issue). Expect up to a three month response time.