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


P A S T   W I N N E R S


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  f o r   p o e t r y

 We will read submissions for the fourth annual Jane Lumley Prize between September 1 and October 31, 2017.

The Jane Lumley Prize is awarded annually to a poet whose written work revels in the full spirit of creating a literary architecture that inspires the readers to engage with its being beyond the words and feelings that constitute it.

​The winner, judged in an anonymous review by a guest judge, will receive a prize of $300, a certificate and will be featured in the January 2017 edition of Hermeneutic Chaos. Publication will also be awarded to the two runners-up, along with certificates. We will also select up to seven honorable mentions who will be offered publication. In addition, all the entries will be considered for publication in the forthcoming issues of the journal.

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

Please note that there is no entry fee for submissions. You may, however, choose to make a donation of $3 with your submission to support our endeavor.

                                                 Meet the recipients of the 2016 Jane Lumley Prize here.


The Jane Lumley Prize will be awarded to poets who have not published more than one full length collection, and/or have only published chapbooks, and/or have published work in literary magazines and/or anthologies. We also strongly encourage unpublished writers to submit their work for consideration.

​Guidelines for Submission:

​You may submit a maximum of eight poems (totaling not more than ten pages) per submission in a single word document for consideration. 

Submissions should be original and previously unpublished. All the entries must be sent to us via our online submission manager Submittable

​We welcome submissions of all forms and styles of poetry, including hybrid and prose poetry. Translations are not eligible for this prize.

​Screening for the The Jane Lumley Prize is blind. Therefore, we request you to not include your name or any other contact information in your submission packet, as well as the filename. You may, however, include a brief biographical note in the cover letter.  

​We encourage simultaneous submissions, but we request you to inform us promptly in case your work is accepted elsewhere. If you need to withdraw a part of your submission, please leave a note in Submittable. Please only use the “Withdraw” feature if you need to withdraw the submission in its entirety. 

Please do not submit more than twice in order to allow a fair opportunity to all the participants. You may, however, submit to us again if you withdraw your work from consideration. 

If you have any questions, please send an email to us at editor.hermeneuticchaos (at) gmail.com.

Our Policy

​The Jane Lumley Prize 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."

​To submit, please visit our online submission manager here. Thank you so much for your participation and support. We look forward to reading your work!