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The magazine in a nutshell

The Literary Hatchet is an Internet journal devoted to provocative fiction (short stories), poetry, and prose. We are interested in well-written but easy to read works in any genre (except erotica).

We will consider previously published material but prefer original works.

We accept short fiction essays, flash fiction, first-person narratives, speculative fiction, short stories, poetry, photography, art, illustrations, interviews, and reviews.

We're interested in new angles on old ideas, or topics that don't get covered frequently. We like to showcase articles that don't just sum up some issue but make us think and make us want to read further.

The above is not exhaustive. If you don't have an immediate idea for a piece, but you'd really like to write for us, let us know and be prepared to show us work you've done. We can always think of subjects!

SHORT STORIES: We accept short stories from 500-10,000 words in length. Feel free to contact us with inquiries about the type of stories we might be interested in if you are in doubt. We appreciate the well-written work, and acceptance is determined by whether the piece grabs the editor and holds their interest. We consider works of general fiction, horror, detective fiction, and stories about monsters, either real or imaginary.

POETRY: 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 welcomed.

ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, CARTOONS, AND ILLUSTRATIONS: All submitted art and illustrations must be in 300 dpi, JPG or GIF formats and no larger than 1200 X 1200 pixels.

INTERVIEWS: If you would like to interview someone our readers would find interesting (including, but not limited to, authors, celebrities, experts in a related field of study), you can submit your idea to us for approval.

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  • There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.- Ernest Hemingway
  • The Literary Hatchet contains provocative short stories, brief fiction, uncommon poetry and prose that surprises and delights.- Michael Thomas Brimbau
  • All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Good Writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that is it raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.- E.L. Doctorow