The Literary Hatchet contains provocative short stories, brief fiction, uncommon poetry and prose, and drollery that frightens and surprises.

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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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  • People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk.- Stephen King
  • The Literary Hatchet contains provocative short stories, brief fiction, uncommon poetry and prose, and drollery that frightens and surprises.- Michael Thomas Brimbau
  • There are moments when even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of Hell.- Edgar Allan Poe
  • There are horrors beyond life's edge that we do not suspect, and once in a while man's evil prying calls them just within our range.- H.P. Lovecraft