Issue Four is now available!

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Dear Readers,

This is a very exciting issue for us to release because it marks the beginning of a new era for Ember Chasm Review. We are thrilled to be ending 2021 and starting 2022 with a series of new projects and innovations and we are even more thrilled to be sharing them with you. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, she argues that change is painful. We tend to agree. We’re sure you do too considering all the changes in the world that have occurred so suddenly and are still occurring right now. In the past several months, we and our magazine have also changed tremendously; those changes did not come without hours of crying, sighing dramatically at our computer screen, wine drinking, and taking ten minute breaks that turned into hour breaks that turned into day breaks. We have learned to be patient with ourselves, each other, and life, and have reached the sunshine after the rain. There’s flowers growing, now. We are looking forward to all experiences and opportunities of the future and we hope you are too.

We believe several of our selections in this issue embody and embrace the theme of change—breakups, coming-of-age, healing— and of innovation. Issue four features boyfriends made of foods, animals who talk, fairies, and folklore. As you witness these characters and narrators navigate change, we hope you find contentment. We hope your changes, your pain, also turns to flowers. We hope you enjoy these stories and poems from our fourteen fantastic contributors. Thank you so much for reading and for your support. We will see you in issue five.


Miranda & Nathan

Issue Four features work from Rex Wilder, Emma Brankin, Allison deFreese, Juliet Lauren, Michael Jasper, Syd Shaw, Maddy Robinson, Amanda Hartzell, Joshua English, David Seung, Christen Russo, Micha Horgan, d. fulford, Max Firehammer, and Trisha Cowen.

Ember Chasm Review Fiction & Poetry Winter Contest

Ember Chasm Review is very excited to announce our third Ember Chasm Fiction and Poetry Contest. There is no theme for this contest, however, we enjoy innovative, gritty, and/or brutally honest prose and poetry. We encourage you to explore the published works of our judges, as detailed below, and look to our previous issues for more inspiration. Though we lean towards literary fiction, we are always happy to review genre fiction as well. There will be two writers in each category awarded for our contest. The prizes are as follows:

First Place: $200, a physical trophy, publication in Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of the contest issue (issue five)

Second Place: publication in Ember Chasm, interview with Ember Chasm, and a free contributor copy of the contest issue (issue five)

Our guidelines:

  • Ember Chasm allows authors to submit one to five poems or a short story of up to 7,000 words. You may submit to both categories but you must submit separately.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submitted document.
  • Please use .doc, or .docx file formats. Submissions in other formats will not be accepted.
  • We would appreciate if you use a serif font such as Times New Roman or Garamond.
  • If you’ve submitted to any of our other contests, you are more than welcome to submit to this one as well. All we ask is that you submit a different piece of writing or a new draft of the writing you submitted previously.

Submissions are now open for Issue Five

We want stories that scream in libraries, stories that veer us down a hidden road in a well-known city—we want the stories you construct outside your comfort zone. Diversity of content is appreciated: play with genre, form. Break walls and show us the mold sprouting beneath. We especially encourage submissions from emerging, unpublished, and undergraduate writers. 

Issue Four submissions will close in February. Read our guidelines here.