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Saturday, December 7, 2019

HitchLit Review

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The HitchLit Review (ISSN pending) is a biannual literary-arts journal that seeks to showcase and celebrate openly secular artists, their works, and their communities.

Founded in 2017, HitchLit derives its name from two sources. First, The Oxford English Dictionary defines “hitch” as a verb, meaning “to move [something] into a different position with a jerk.” For many secularists, this is a fitting description for how they parted ways with former ideologies.

Second, and perhaps most notably, our name is a nod to the memory of one of the world’s greatest defenders of reason–Christopher Hitchens. His writings, lectures, and debates have inspired countless free thinkers around the world to step out of the wings and speak out against injustice in all its forms. While Hitch was an antitheist, well known for his ferocity on the debate stage, it is equally vital to remind ourselves that–at his center–Hitch was a humanist. When meeting one of his young fans before his death in 2011, his parting words for her were “remember the love bit, also.”

In an effort to reduce waiting times, the editorial staff of The HitchLit Review will only review submissions submitted during the following reading periods:

 January 1 – March 31
 August 1 – October 31

Due to the increasing volume of our submissions, if you would like your work to be considered by our editors, please be sure that your submissions adhere to the following guidelines:

General Guidelines:

All work must be submitted electronically, via email with a subject line indicating that this is a submission, its genre classification. An example subject line would read:

Submission Poetry
Submission Fiction
Submission Nonfiction
Submission Visual Art

All work must be attached as a single file (.doc / .docx / .rtf preferred). Art submissions should be attached as a JPEG file. Filenames should include the last name of the author and the genre of the work under consideration.


When submitting, please identify the title of the work(s) included in your submission and include a brief author bio (approximately 50 words).

HitchLit will not consider previously published work, but simultaneous submissions are acceptable, provided that the author informs us in the event that submitted work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Prose Submissions (Fiction / Nonfiction)

We consider prose (up to 3,000 words). All work should be double spaced, with 1″ margins, and must be typed in a common 12 pt. font (Times New Roman, Garamond, Calibri, etc.). Authors may submit one short piece of short prose (1,000 – 3,000 words in length), or up to two flash pieces (under 1,000 words each). Please only submit once per reading period and wait for a decision before submitting again.

Poetry Submissions

Poets may submit up to three poems (maximum of 5 pages) per reading period. All works should be included in a single document (.doc / .docx / .rtf files preferred). Please submit only once per reading period and wait for a decision before submitting again.

Cover Art Submissions

Artists interested in providing us with cover art, please submit two high quality images of your work as a .jpeg file.

Art submissions should be accompanied by a brief artist bio (up to 50 words) and be labeled as “Cover Art Submission” in the subject line of the email.


Should HitchLit accept your work, we acquire first publication and archival rights, though all other rights revert back to the author upon publication. Due to our status as a fee-free, non-profit organization, we regret that we are not a paying market at this time.

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