Hypertext Magazine opened its virtual doors in 2010. We pride ourselves on publishing first-time published, up-and-coming, and established writers side by side. In other words, we aren’t particularly impressed by padded bios. Our editors live all over the United States – from Chicago to Boston to Los Angeles to Dallas. We think of ourselves as small but scrappy (but we think a lot of things that may or may not be true). Most of our editors cut their fictional teeth in the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department, nurtured by dedicated professors and an innovative teaching approach – an approach that celebrates diverse voices and caters to alternative learning styles – developed by John Schultz (Story Workshop).

We’ve published writers from all over the globe and we’re currently looking for writing that presents the world in new and startling ways. We want to see writers take chances, push forms. In fiction and essays, we’re looking for stories with a whole lot of life pumping through them, stories from and about all ages and types of people, stories that change the way we view the world. We’re looking for carefully crafted writing that amazes and inspires.

In addition to fiction, essays, and interviews, Hypertext is looking for serial fiction, graphic novels, and editorial cartoons. If you have ideas for any of these forms, just email us and your idea will be considered.

We’ve left this pretty open-ended. That’s how Hypertext feels right now. It’s evolving. It’s not perfect. It still feels like an exciting experiment.

Consider purchasing Hypertext Review 2017, our first annual lit journal. We’re super proud of it because it has awesome stories from incredible writers and a kick-ass cover by Chicago artist SENTROCK (and, as an added bonus, you can read it in public and look very hip). Your purchase will not only give you an idea of what kinds of stories we publish but it truly helps keep our doors open. You can buy Hypertext Review 2017 HERE.

Christine Maul Rice, Editor (crice@hypertextmag.com)

Christine Rice’s novel Swarm Theory was recently awarded the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, Independent Publisher Book Award or ‘IPPY’ (Silver for Best First Book), and a National Indie Excellence Award – Winner (Regional Fiction – Midwest). Swarm Theory also made PANK’s Best Books of 2016, was included in Powell’s Books Midyear Roundup, the Best Books of 2016 So Far, and was called “a gripping work of Midwest Gothic” by Michigan Public Radio’s Desiree Cooper (author of the fabulous Know the Mother). Most recently, her short stories have been published in BELT’s Rust Belt Anthology, The Literary Review, American University of Beirut’s Rusted Radishes, F Magazine, and online at Roanoke Review, Chicago Literati, and Bird’s Thumb, among others. Her essays, interviews, and long-form journalism have appeared in The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Big Smoke, The Millions, the Chicago Tribune, Detroit’s Metro Times, The Good Men Project, The Urbaness.com, CellStories.net, and her radio essays have been produced by WBEZ Chicago. Christine teaches at Columbia College Chicago, is the managing editor of Hypertext Magazine, and director of Hypertext Studio Writing Center.

Chelsea Laine Wells, Managing Editor & Fiction Editor (chelsea@hypertextmag.com)

IMG_9663Chelsea Laine Wells is a graduate of the Columbia College of Chicago Fiction Department whose work has appeared in Third Point Press, The Other Stories, Litro, Cease, Cows, The Butter, PANK, wigleaf, Heavy Feather, Change Seven, Molotov Cocktail, and others. Honors include first place in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Awards, first place in the Guild Complex Literary Awards, nomination for two Pushcart Prizes and four Best of the Net Awards, and finalist in Heavy Feather’s chapbook contest, among others. Her work is represented by Maria Massie of Lippincott Massie McQuilken. She served twice as a co-editor of Hair Trigger, Columbia College’s yearly literary anthology, as well as a judge in Columbia’s Young Author Writing Competition for many years. She is also founding editor of Hypernova Lit, an online journal dedicated to publishing the writing and visual art of high school students. Chelsea works as a high school librarian and creative writing teacher at Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy. She lives in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, TX. Find out more HERE.

Karen Halvorsen Schreck, Senior Editor

Karen Halvorsen Schreck is the author of the historical novels Broken Ground (Simon & Schuster May 2016), called a “masterfully written . . . must-read” by USA Today, and Sing For Me, which was described by Publisher’s Weekly as an impressive debut…a well-wrought and edifying page-turner” (Starred Review), along with two novels for young adults and a book for children. Her short stories, interviews, and essays have appeared in magazines and journals including Hypertext MagazineThe RumpusBelt, Literal Latté, and Image. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and an Illinois State Arts Council Grant, Karen received her doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives with her husband, the photographer Greg Halvorsen Schreck, and their two children in Wheaton, Illinois. Find out more HERE.

Brian Schlender, Senior Editor

Brian Schlender is a writer and copyeditor who lives in Chicago. He studied creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Noelle Aleksandra Hufnagel, Senior Editor


Noelle received her BA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Her writing has appeared in The Allegheny Review, Knee Jerk Magazine, Hair Trigger, Story Week Reader, Zine Columbia, Fictionary, Hypertext Magazine, and elsewhere. When she’s not reading, editing or trying to eke out a living, she divides her time between a blog where she barely ever BLOGS and a novel that has been in progress for far too long.

Paul Massignani, Senior Essays Editor

Paul Massignani is a writer, editor, and photographer. His work has appeared in Hair Trigger, f Magazine, and Hypertext. He lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and dog, writing, taking photos, and swimming in the Pacific with the occasional sea lion or dolphin pod.


Sheree Greer, Contributor

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Sheree L. Greer has been published in Hair Trigger, The Windy City Times, Reservoir, Fictionary, and the Windy City Queer Anthology: Dispatches from the Third Coast. She has performed her work across selected venues in Milwaukee, New York, Miami, Chicago, and Tampa, where she hosts Oral Fixation, the only LGBTQ Open Mic series in Tampa Bay. Ms. Greer received a Union League of Chicago Civic Arts Foundation Award, earned her MFA at Columbia College Chicago, and currently teaches writing and literature at St. Petersburg College. An Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund grantee and VONA alum, she published a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers. A novel excerpt “Prom Story in Three Parts,” received a special mention in Publishers Weekly and appears in Best Lesbian Romance 2012.

 Amy Crumbaugh, Contributor

Amy Crumbaugh is a Midwestern girl with a passion for creativity and education. She recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Fiction Writing and a Teaching Artist Minor. Along with interning for Hypertext, she has been published in Hair Trigger 36, been a Department of Creative Writing tutor and student teacher, and served as a student editor for Hair Trigger 38. She loves gummy bears and dogs, but not in that order. Visit her at amycrumbaugh.com.

Howard Simmons, Contributor

Howard Simmons is a current MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago and editor for online journal Goreyesque Magazine. He received his BA at Missouri State University and previously worked as a newspaper reporter and copy editor. He lives in Chicago.


Bethany Bendtsen, Contributor

Bethany Bendtsen graduated with a BFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in publishing. In addition her work on Hypertext, she is also managing editor of Hair Trigger 2.0 and fiction editor for Habitat Magazine. Her great passions in life besides writing (mostly Facebook posts, sometimes creative essays) include karaoke and cheese fries.