Hermeneutic Chaos Journal: ​The Jane Lumley Prize for Poetry

11 September 2016


We will read submissions for the third 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 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 a blind review by a guest judge, will receive a prize of $300 and will be featured in the January 2017 edition of Hermeneutic Chaos. The winner will also receive a certificate, 10 broadsides of the winning poem, and three chapbooks from our press catalog. Publication will also be awarded to the two finalists, 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.

We are pleased to announce that this year, our contest will be co-sponsored by Duotrope, the award winning writers’ resource, which has generously contributed a one year subscription gift certificate to be awarded to the winner.

All the participants will be notified about the status of their submission by November 30, 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.



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 We also strongly encourage unpublished writers to submit their work for consideration.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Submissions should be original and previously unpublished.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, prose poetry and poetic-prose. 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.

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of 2016 Jane Lumley Prize for Poetry will be selected by E. Kristin Anderson. We respect her for her dedication to the poetic craft, and her admiration towards, and expertise of a wide variety of poetic forms and themes.

E. Kristin Anderson is the author of seven chapbooks including A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks 2014) PRAY, PRAY, PRAY: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015), 17 DAYS (ELJ Publications) ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE (ELJ 2016), FIRE IN THE SKY (Grey Book Press 2016), and SHE WITNESSES (dancing girl press, 2016). Her nonfiction anthology, DEAR TEEN ME, based on the popular website of the same name, was published in October of 2012 by Zest Books (distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and her next anthology, HYSTERIA: Writing the Female Body, is forthcoming from Sable Press. She’s published poetry in many magazines worldwide, including Barrelhouse Online, Nashville Review, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction, American Journal of Nursing, and Cicada.

The Process of Selection

In the first round, the editor-in-chief will read all the submissions without viewing any personal information. From these submissions, a total of 15 finalists will be selected. Their manuscripts will then be sent to the judge, who will review them anonymously, and then select the winner, finalists and honorable mentions.

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!


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