​H E R M E N E U T I C   C H A O S   J O U R N A L



Katherine Barron - The Golden Labyrinth

Jennifer Givhan - The Change
Emily Holt - Belfast, Béal Ferste, Winter, 2011

Honorable Mentions:
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach -  The boy in the moon dreams of lemons
Aozora Brockman - Twenty - One
Jennifer Hanks - The Sea God Dreams of Land
Carolyn Oliver - Catherine of Aragon Addresses The Stones
Meredith McDonough - Sometimes a horse

Laura Grothaus - A Mouth is a Ghost You Can Shut

Amanda Chiado - The Ventriloquist's Daughter



Chris Gaffney - of eggshells and lost hairbrushes

Flower Conroy -
Rasiqra Revulva -
Tool Use
Anna Meister -
It Snowed Too Early

Honorable Mentions:

Anna Weber -  
Lynn Schmeidler -
What Can Be Known of the Past is Colorless as Footfalls and Feverish
GennaRose Nethercott -
The Sea God Dreams of Land
Ryan Bollenbach -
Dear Red Apple
Charlie Lynn -

T H E   J a n e   L U m l e y   P r i z e

​​We will read submissions for the second annual Jane Lumley Prize between September 1 and November 1, 2016.


Jane Lumley was primarily a translator, and was the first writer to translate Euripedes into English. However, she was also a prolific author and wrote over 120 poems in her lifetime. These never found publication due to the societal inhibitions placed on women in the sixteenth century English society. 

The Jane Lumley Prize is awarded annually to poets who have yet not published a full length collection.

​The winner, judged in a blind review by us, will receive a prize of $300 and will be featured in the January issue of Hermeneutic Chaos. The winner will also receive a certificate and a broadside of the winning poem. Publication will also be awarded to the first three semi-finalists, along with certificates. In addition, all the entries will be considered for publication.

All the participants will be notified about the status of their submission by November 15, 2016.

Please note that there is no submission fee to enter the contest. ​​


The Jane Lumley Prize will only be awarded to writers who have not already published a full length book. However, they may have published a chapbook, and/or found a home for their works in other literary journals. We also invite unpublished writers to submit their poems for consideration.

​If you know the editor and/or any staff member of Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, you must not submit your work. If such a relationship is identified, your entry would be disqualified.


​You may submit a maximum of eight poems (totaling not more than ten pages) for consideration in a single word document. The work must be original and previously unpublished. There is no entry fee. All the entries must be sent to us via Submittable

​We welcome submissions of all forms and styles of poetry, including hybrid, prose poetry and poetic-prose.

​Please remove all identifying information from the works themselves, for all the entries will be read anonymously. You may, however, include a brief biographical note in the cover letter.

​We encourage simultaneous submissions, but we request you to withdraw your work in case it finds an acceptance elsewhere by clicking on the withdraw link on Submittable.

Please do not submit more than once in order to ensure a fair chance for the rest of the participants. You may, however, submit to us again in case you withdraw your work from consideration.

In case of any query, please send an email to us at editor.hermeneuticchaos (at) gmail.com. We would try to respond to you as promptly as possible.


​The Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers respects and upholds the code of ethics outlined by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, defined as such:

"CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage."

We look forward to reading your work!



                                                           (September 1-November 1)