Hypertext Magazine & Studio (HMS)

Type Of Organization
(773) 732-7423
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
HMS EMPOWERS CHICAGO-AREA ADULTS BY TEACHING STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES TO GIVE THEM A VOICE AND PUBLISHING TO GIVE THEIR WORDS A VISIBLE HOME. HYPERTEXT MAGAZINE & STUDIO (HMS) IS AN ARTS & CULTURE NONPROFIT WITH TWO PROGRAMMING INITIATIVES: TEACHING & PUBLISHING.* *YOU CAN LEARN EVEN MORE ABOUT HMS’S NONPROFIT PARTNERS AND PROGRAMMING AT HYPERTEXTMAGAZINESTUDIO.ORG. TEACHING Speak, write, rise up. We’ve been publishing fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and interviews online at HypertextMag.com and in print at Hypertext Review since 2010 and, in 2017, we became a nonprofit with an expanded mission to teach Chicago-area adults to tell and write their stories. Since 2017, we have partnered with Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, St. Leonard’s Ministries, and Breakthrough Urban Ministries to teach over 300 Chicago-area adults to listen to their voice, trust what they have to say, and write their truth. In 2020, we were scheduled to continue teaching at Above & Beyond and to begin teaching in the Cook County Department of Corrections and Thresholds Military project. In light of the pandemic, these classes have been postponed. In addition to creative expression, our workshops help sharpen workforce skills—advancing critical thinking and communication skills they’ll need to fill out job applications, write persuasive cover letters, and prepare professional resumes. PUBLISHING Hypertext Magazine online opened its virtual doors in Winter 2009 and, since 2017, has published a biannual print journal, Hypertext Review. As of 2020, we are proud to announce that we now pay writers *a small stipend* for their work. You can find out more at SUBMIT. We pride ourselves in publishing emerging and established writers side by side. In other words, we aren’t particularly impressed by padded bios—just exceptional writing. Many of our editors cut their fictional teeth in the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department, nurtured by dedicated professors and an innovative teaching approach—an approach that celebrates diverse voices and caters to alternative learning styles—developed by the writers and educators John Schultz and Betty Shiflett. We’ve published writers from all over the world and we’re currently on the hunt for writing that presents the world in new and startling ways. We want to see writers take chances, push forms. In fiction and essays, we’re looking for stories written by and about all ages and types of people, stories that change the way we view the world. We’re looking for carefully crafted writing that amazes and inspires. CONSIDER PURCHASING ONE OF OUR LIT JOURNALS FROM YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE. FIND A LOCAL BOOKSTORE AT INDIEBOUND. YOUR PURCHASE WILL NOT ONLY GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT KINDS OF STORIES WE PUBLISH BUT IT TRULY HELPS KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Christine Maul Rice
Contact Title
Founder, Editor, & Executive Director
Contact Email
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art
Recent Awards Received
Illinois Arts Council Literary Chicago DCASE Award Best American Essays—Marcia Aldrich & Desiree Cooper
Representative Authors
Sahar Mustafah, Ana Castillo, Christine Sneed
Submissions Policy
There is no fee to submit to HypertextMag.com. Before submitting to our journal, please read our magazine (online & print) and become familiar with our content. We publish a wide range of voices, from emerging to established writers. We also publish a wide range of content, from safe to not-so-safe. We are a small operation and we log in a ton of hours working on edits with writers, posting, and publishing. Consider purchasing Hypertext Review. We are as proud of our print journal as we are of our website. Both contain work from established and emerging writers and we nominate writers for national awards including the Pushcart Prize and “Best American Short Stories” and “Best American Essays” series. Your purchase will not only give you an idea of what kinds of stories we publish but it truly helps keep our doors open. You can order Hypertext Review at your LOCAL INDIE BOOKSELLER. The costs of running an independent magazine, however, have not changed—security, hosting, and a myriad of other factors too numerous to list—so do consider donating to our nonprofit. Our small operation is not affiliated with a university or college and we have a lean budget. Donations truly help us keep our doors open. NOTE: Editors do not know who donates to HMS. In other words, donating will not impact their editorial decision regarding your piece. PLEASE NOTE: Add-on items will only be shipped in the United States. We do not ship abroad. We do not refund submission fees. Submissions close from June through August. KEEP IN MIND As of our Summer 2020 edition, we will now pay a small stipend (wish we could pay more) for accepted work. Please note: First-place contest winners—for our Fiction & Essay Contest—will receive $100 cash prize total. SHORT STORIES & ESSAYS: $40 TOTAL FLASH FICTION: 10 PAGES OR LESS (12-PT. TYPE, ONE-INCH MARGINS): $30 TOTAL When we publish your work, you agree to give us first-time online publishing rights and then, of course, it’s yours to do what you’d like. If you publish it in the future, please do mention that Hypertext published it first. When you become insanely famous, we’ll remind you to contribute to the operating costs of our magazine. You will hear back from from us in 3-4 months, ideally sooner. Feel free to nudge us via email if you have not heard back in 4 months. Note that all submissions could be considered for publication in both Hypertextmag.com (online) or Hypertext Review (print). We do not issue refunds for submissions. Please submit no more than one submission in a given genre during the reading period. Simultaneous submissions to other magazines are, of course, permitted. Please notify us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere. If your work is accepted it will be subject to an agreement granting Hypertextmag.com and Hypertext Review first publication rights. You retain the rights to the work after first publication. By submitting the work for consideration, you represent that: • The work is not in the public domain, has not been published in any other publication in any jurisdiction the the world, has not been distributed or displayed to members of the public, and you have not made any agreement with another party inconsistent with granting first publication rights to us. Do let us know if your work is part of a collection or larger work being prepared for future publication. If that is the case, let us know the title, publisher and planned publication date. • The work is your original authorship and no other party has a claim to rights in it except as you specifically disclose at the time of your submission. • There is nothing in the work that is libelous, invades personal privacy, or deprives another of the right of publicity, or is otherwise actionably tortious or illegal. Submit via Submittable. Paper submissions will not be read. TIPS AND OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION… FICTION We like novel excerpts and short stories that weigh in at about 3,000 words. If it’s slightly over 3,000 words and we like the extra words, we’re flexible. We like flash fiction in pairs or trios (but singles are fine too). Please send all in one document. Include a brief cover letter with your bio and email/contact information. For contest submissions, please do not include your name in the body of the manuscript. ESSAYS We like essays that weigh in at about 3,000 words. If it’s slightly over 3,000 words and we like the extra words, we’re flexible. We love the idea of creative nonfiction flash. Include a brief cover letter with your bio and email/contact information on the first page of the manuscript. For contest submissions, please do not include your name in the body of the manuscript.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
01 - 04 weeks
Author Payments
cash, copies
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Average Print Run
100 - print
Total Circulation
60,000 online
Single Copy Price
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
7 - 10
Average Number Of Pages