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PAYING/NO FEE Submission call and interview – The Chaotic Review

The Chaotic Review is a new online literary magazine seeking poems in any form, but they do particularly enjoy prose poems and published one of mine earlier this week, along with several others. I wondered how and why this new lit mag came to be, so I asked editor Justin Hilliard and he kindly replied. See my interview with Hilliard and submission guidelines below.

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HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Chaotic Review.
HILLIARD: The Chaotic Review is a predominantly online literary journal, which works to publish poems that stab a mainer into the vein of truth, and let it flow in its pure state. That means I want poets who write the truth and loose every skeleton from the closet.
HOPKINSON: What gave you the idea to start an online lit mag?
HILLIARD: I grew up and matured as a writer alongside this guy, whose talent is criminally under appreciated. I’d often think about him, and ask myself would there ever be a journal who’d accept the likes of him. Kerouac come again, he could make Burroughs cringe. I wondered how many writers there were just like him, and I knew I would be the one to give their work a home. A few weeks after this revelation, The Chaotic Review released its first poem, which that guy wrote.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HILLIARD: Poetry that doesn’t have a home. That one experimental bit that you threw into your five-piece submission that was too obscene, or perhaps too offbeat for that specific journal. I want the outliers, but I also want everything else. Simple enough?
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
HILLIARD: I’ve always been a science fiction fan. I learned to write with science fiction and fantasy. I read magazines like the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Asimov’s, for years. I have to give a nod to those guys for making me what I am today. Other than that, I really love the Nottingham Review, the Paris Review, Ploughshares, Verse-Virtual, and Whale Road Review.
HOPKINSON: Where can poets send submissions?
HILLIARD: Our e-mail for submissions is thechaoticreview@gmail.com, just send us what you got, preferably all in one attached document.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
HILLIARD: You can either send to our submission e-mail, or shoot me an e-mail directly at yourejustinhilliard@yahoo.com.

Click here to read submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: Currently open for poetry submissions

PAYMENT: $10+ depending on length/style

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

NOTES: “Generally, we like poems around 20-60 lines, but we’ll go as low as you can, or as high. We like “free verse” poems created with your own form. Personally, I think prose poetry is amazing if you’re good at writing it, so try us.”

Also, they do accept reprints.

FORMS: Poetry

 

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  1. I love your posts, but this one really rattled me because of the errors. Did Justin write this? If so, he’s not much of an editor!

    who’s WHOSE talent is

    That means I want poets who write the truth and loose LOSE every skeleton from the closet.

    I’d often think about him, and ask myself would there ever be a journal who’d WHICH WOULD accept the likes of him. (WHY NOT NAME HIM?)

    Our e-mail for submissions is thechaoticreview@gmail.com, just send us what you got, HAVE preferably all in one attached document. Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 14:53:14 +0000 To: dianalrosen@hotmail.com

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    • I think he intended “loose” to be like “let loose” and I believe his intent is that the “him” he refers to is the first poet he published. I don’t think these are errors. Still, I’m re-reading to make sure I didn’t miss any others. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this interview, Trish! I was already excited about this new journal, so the editor’s shout-out to my journal (Whale Road Review) just made my morning.

    Also, it seems clear to me that “loose,” the unnamed “him,” and the colloquial “send us what you got” are all intentional. I enjoy that Mr. Hilliard’s editorial voice matches what he says he wants–off-beat writing, the next Kerouac. I wouldn’t trust that those are truly his style preferences if he wrote like a pedant.

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    • Thanks so much for sharing and commenting! You know, that’s exactly why I started the blog, to just keep track of the stuff I wanted to remember and work on. I’m so glad to see it’s working for others too!

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