Hypertext Magazine opened its virtual doors in 2010 with the intention of leveling the publishing playing field for Illinois and Midwest writers and, while this is still a guiding principal, we also publish writers from all over the United States as well as writers outside our borders. There are many writers whose work does not fit into the traditional 'publishing' model. And because it can be difficult to find space to promote work published by University and independent presses, we want to give these writers and publishers space on our website. What's more, we publish writers and author interviews you probably won't find anywhere else.
Our editors live all over the United States – from Chicago to Boston to Dallas. We think of ourselves as small but scrappy and most 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 John Schultz (Story Workshop®).
We're on a constant hunt for writing that presents the world in new and startling ways –– we want to see writers take chances, push forms, break rules. In fiction and essays, we’re looking for stories with a whole lot of life pumping through them, stories from 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.
Here are a few writers and artists you can find in our magazine:
Desiree Cooper, John McNally, Marcia Aldrich, Jaimee Wriston Colbert, Richard Hartshorn, Laura Page, Peter Eldritch, Rick George, Ron Burch, Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz, Bud Smith, Alex J. Parton, Donna Miscolta, Amy Dupcak, Ilana Masad, Daniel Lynch, C.K. Flynn, Michael Howard, Brandon Flammang, Peter Kahn, Vann Harris, Michael Seymour Blake, Virginia Bell, Jan Worth-Nelson, Elle Nash, Renée Ashley, Patricia Ann McNair, René Steinke, Christine Sneed, Megan Stielstra, Rebecca Makkai, Peggy Shinner, Jillian Lauren, Jessica Ceballos, Brian Costello, Shawn Shiflett, Don De Grazia, Deb R. Lewis, Eric Charles May, Sheree Greer, Chelsea Laine Wells, Sahar Mustafah, Cyn Vargas, Chris Bohjalian, Samantha Hoffman, Tony Bowers, Darcey Steinke, Garnett Kilberg Cohen, Angela Fraleigh, Jessie Ann Foley, Doug Shiloh, Wendy C. Ortiz, Joe Meno, Tyler Barton, Wayne McMahon, Kiese Laymon, Brian Alan Ellis, Jessica Peri Chalmers, Nadine Kenney, Ben Tanzer, Zoe Zolbrod, Karen Halvorsen Schreck, Khaulah Naima Nuruddin, J. Bradley, Donna Miscolta, Tiffany Gholar, Suzanne Hyman, Toni Nealie, Michelle Adelman, Emily Gray Tedrowe, Colin Channer, Geoff Hyatt, Mason Johnson, Randy Richardson, Elizabeth Earley, Ken Rodgers, Sherman Finch, Felice House, Suzanne Scanlon, Noelle Aleksandra Hufnagel, Julia Borcherts, Darwyn Jones, Meredith Counts, John Counts, Scott Miles, Lillian Ann Slugocki, Priscilla Briggs, Lex Sonne, Sarah Xerta, Wyl Villacres, Lydia Panas, Kimberly Witham, Guinotte Wise, Corey Mesler, Ilana Masad, Jona Whipple, Chloe Benjamin, Louise Palfreyman, Elizabeth Gaffney, Marcia Brenner, Elizabeth Yokas, Chris Terry, Luis Jaramillo, Eugene Cross, Jim Gavin, Claire Vaye Watkins, Stephanie Kuehnert, Laurie Lawlor, Ira Brooker, Robert Duffer, Changming Yuan, J. Adams Oaks, Mary Beth Hoerner, Richard Chwedyk, April Newman, Tina L. Jens, Mary Michelle Pretorius, and many more.
In addition to fiction, essays, and interviews, Hypertext is looking for serial fiction, graphic novels, and editorial cartoons. If you have ideas for any of these forms, just email us and your idea will be considered.
We’ve left this pretty open-ended. That’s how Hypertext Magazine feels right now. It’s evolving. It’s not perfect. And we hope it stays that way.