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 another’s “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. 

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For more on the kind of work the magazine is seeking, read our interview with literary blogger Trish Hopkinson and visit our Submission Guidelines


The Editors

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Lena Ziegler

is the author of MASH (The A3 Press, 2019). She has been a finalist in the 2018 Autumn House Press Fiction contest and GoldLine Press's 2017 Non-fiction Chapbook contest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, Indiana Review, The Flexible Persona, Anti-Heroin Chic, Dream Pop Press, Red Earth Review, Miracle Monocle, Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review, Gambling the Aisle and othersShe holds an MFA from Western Kentucky University and is pursuing her PhD at Bowling Green State University.

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Erin Slaughter

is the author of I Will Tell This Story to the Sun Until You Remember That You Are the Sun (forthcoming from New Rivers Press in fall 2019), as well as two poetry chapbooks. Her writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Split Lip Magazine, New South, Passages North, TYPO, F(r)iction, and elsewhere. Originally from north Texas, she holds an MFA from Western Kentucky University, and is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University.