Hypertext Magazine & Studio (HMS)

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
MISSION Hypertext Magazine & Studio publishes original, brave, and provocative narratives of historically marginalized, emerging, and established writers online and in print; HMS teaches writing workshops that spark curiosity, empower creative expression, and promote self-advocacy. We invite you to read the narratives we publish so that, together, we can more gracefully navigate our complex world. INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & ACCESS HMS celebrates diverse voices by providing platforms to share powerful and unique narratives. By ​welcoming a diversity of voices and communities, we celebrate the transformative power of story and inclusion. ABOUT 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.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook & Twitter
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Christine Maul Rice
Contact Title
Founder, Editor, & Executive Director
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
Year Founded
Average Print Run
400 - print
Total Circulation
7.59K clicks 2022, 385K Total Impressions 2022
Number Of Issues Per Year
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
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