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The Literary Hatchet

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The Literary Hatchet is devoted to provocative fiction (short stories) and thoughtful poetry and prose. We publish cutting edge works by authors and artists worldwide.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    3 months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:

Pays$5-$10 per piece

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 7500 words max

Max words: 500

Max words: 7500

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary, Speculative

Payment: $ 10 per piece

short fiction, speculative fiction, flash fiction


Max lines: 100

Payment: $ 5 per piece

We are looking for high-quality extraordinary poems (both serious and humorous) that explore the human condition. Personal pieces that offer a self-reflection are acceptable.


Payment: $ 5 per piece

No specific limitations


Payment: $ 5 per piece

No specific limitations

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    For all submissions, please include your name, address, email address, and word count on your stories. Also please include a 25-50 word THIRD PERSON bio with the submission.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Please submit your work in Word, Text, or RTF files. NO PDFs please

  • Author's rights

    By submission of your work, you are agreeing to The Literary Hatchet and its publisher PearTree Press holding exclusive first-printing world rights for a period of 6 months. While your piece is online, it may not appear anywhere else on the Internet, in print, or sold for profit. Rights revert back to the writer/artist at the end of 6 months. Your work will remain in print as long as The Literary Hatchet is in print and cannot be removed at a later date.

  • Additional info

    Multiple submissions are accepted, but only one submission per entry, please. We are not a “genre” magazine. We are looking for quality writing in any subject. We want interesting themes, characters, and unexpected resolutions. We aim to be the kind of journal that is difficult to define. We seek to surprise readers. We are open and eclectic. But to narrow it down somewhat, we love mysterious subjects, ambiguity, thematic focus, and emotional impact. We love surprises and content that shocks (not meaning anything pornographic).

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

80 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

40 days

Fastest response time

113 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 161 days

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Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open


The Literary Hatchet was founded in 2008 by a group of writers and editors who were eager to develop a journal that would share new, emerging, and established authors. Since our inception, we have worked with authors and artists from every continent, except Antarctica. Our mission is simple: giving...

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    Editor Stefani Koorey avatar

    Stefani Koorey


    Editor Eugene Hosey  avatar

    Eugene Hosey

    Managing Editor & Short Story Editor

    Editor Michael Brimbau avatar

    Michael Brimbau

    Poetry Editor & Design Consultant