It’s time for Chicago Literati’s Halloween issue!

“When hinges creak in doorless chambers
And strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls
Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still
That is the time when ghosts are present
Practicing their terror with ghoulish delight…”–Buddy Baker, Xavier Atencio


It’s time for Chicago Literati’s special Halloween issue. From October 1st through October 31st, we’re collecting submissions that reflect the macabre enchantment of Halloween.

Send us your best art, essays, photography, poetry and short fiction inspired by the spirit of the season.


Remember to follow proper manuscript formatting. Please edit and proof your work prior to sending to us. Essays and short fiction submissions must not exceed 2,000 words. Be sure to include a brief professional biography and your headshot within the body of your submission. Please review our style guidelines. Limit one submission per cycle. $2 reading fee applies to all submissions. Artists will not be compensated for their work.