The Hunger is a journal of visceral writing that publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, hybrid work, and visual art in three issues yearly, appearing in the Winter, Spring, and Fall. 

The Hunger began in Summer of 2017 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as the project of two friends who met in an MFA program and became one anothers “ideal reader” through a mutual attraction to emotionally eviscerating writing. As writers themselves, they noticed a void in the literary magazine market for the kind of work they are inspired to write and read: writing that guts you, that makes you howl with its honesty, that leaves you bloodied, raw, and hungering for more. The Hunger is looking for the lyrical, the strange, the uncomfortable, the vulnerable, the mangled monsters inside.

We strive to create a writing community that is founded on principles of inclusion and diversity, and gives a platform to a wide range of voices. We encourage all people, regardless of race, gender identity, faith, sexual orientation, or political affiliation to submit. 

For more on the kind of work the magazine is seeking, visit our Submission Guidelines


The Editors

Lena Ziegler

is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and the occasional uncomfortable poem. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Kentucky University, and is pursuing her PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Red Earth Review, Miracle Monocle, Harpoon Review, Breathe Free Press and The Fem, and others. 

Erin Slaughter

holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Kentucky University. She has been a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest, and was nominated for a Best of the Net Award and a Pushcart Prize. You can find her writing in River Teeth, Bellingham Review, Sundog Lit, Tishman Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Elegy for the Body (Slash Pine Press, 2017), and GIRLFIRE (dancing girl press, 2018). She lives and teaches writing in Nashville.