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
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art
Recent Awards Received
Illinois Arts Council Award, Susanne Clores Best American Essays, Notable, Marcia Aldrich, Desiree Cooper, Bridget Boland
Representative Authors
Sahar Mustafah, Ana Castillo, Christine Sneed
Submissions Policy
General Guidelines Submissions open September 1 through May 31. To help us continue our programming, we're adding a tip jar. Sadly, leaving a tip will not increase your odds of being published in Hypertext but it will prove that you value independent publishing. We read all submissions, tip or no tip, with the same care and consideration. When we publish your work, you agree to give us first-time online publishing rights and then, of course, it's yours. 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 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 Hypertext 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. 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. NONFICTION We are interested in short memoir or personal essays with a narrative arc and an astute attention to language. We are open to braided essays and experimental writing as well. Excerpts from memoirs and essay collections have to be a self-contained piece. If your book will be published soon, get approval from your publisher before sending us an excerpt to consider. We accept nonfiction submissions up to 3,000 words in length. If it’s slightly over 3,000 words and the extra words are necessary, we can be flexible. We are also open to flash nonfiction pieces. You may send 2-3 flash nonfiction pieces (1,000 words or less) in one submission. Include a brief cover letter with your bio and email/contact information. POETRY Please do not send poetry via our contact emails. We solicit poetry.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round 09 / 1 - 06 / 30
Reporting Time
01 - 12 months
Author Payments
cash, copies
Submission to the Doro Boehme Editors Prize is currently open. Please visit our website for guidelines.
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
ISBN Number
Average Print Run
400 - print
Total Circulation
7.59K clicks 2022, 385K Total Impressions 2022
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
Christine Maul Rice
Founder & Executive Director