2014 “Chaos” Call for Submissions

This is a call for submissions for the 2014 Chaos West of the Pecos, the yearly publication of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

All paid current members are invited to submit up to 4 manuscripts or poems with total word count no more than 6000. The conference haiku hike submissions do not count as one of your 4, though you are limited to one (Chaos-sized) page (about 7-8 3-line haikus without titles). If the Chaos-in-progress becomes too large, some submissions may need to be skipped. If you wish to have your submissions included in this year’s Chaos, your dues must be current. If you renewed your dues with the last conference or paid/joined us since then, you are good for this year’s Chaos. If you wish to check on the status of your dues, please check our website or contact our treasurer, Anne VanLoon (moc.l1417214439iamto1417214439h@28114172144391nave1417214439nna1417214439) for more information. (Please note that if you add us to your spam lists, you may never get into Chaos again, because all your mail will be going to the Junk folders.)

Please be certain that your name appears on each submission, including all attachments (including email ones), shown as you would like to have it in the publication. Send your submissions to Marian Frueh ( or to Marian Frueh, 42665 State Highway 118, Fort Davis, TX 79734. Electronic submissions are preferred (Word, RTF, text, whatever you’ve got), but I’ll take it however you do it (as long as I can read it). I have a Windows PC, not a Mac, so it needs to be some generic format. I can read Open Office/Star Office format and PDF as well as those listed above. Handwritten or typed is okay if it is not too long (no more than 2-3 pages). If you send me revised versions, please make sure it says so, date it, and make sure your name is on the piece, not just the email or envelope. Any photographs you send will not be printed with your works.

Please also give me a snail mail and/or email address in case I encounter any problems. Some editing may be done to improve grammar, spelling or clarity. Printed submissions should be in at least an 11 point font (12 point preferred), and should be an easily readable font, such as Courier, Arial or New Times Roman. The scanner has great difficulty with small, overlarge or unusual fonts.

Please note that suitability to our publication, ease of editing (readability) and the number of other submissions will determine what actually gets printed. The better your editing of any piece, the more likely you’ll find it in the Chaos. Any email submission should get back a confirmation of receipt. If you don’t get a confirmation, I didn’t get it! If you would like a list of submissions to date, please email me.

Please get your submissions in by February 28. Our conference is scheduled for April 11-13. Sooner is better. All of this information plus much more is available on our website

Here’s a list of the 2013/2014 writing opportunities if you’d like to submit one that you didn’t turn in at the meeting. Attendance at the meetings or conference is not required for submission of the writing opportunities, just membership. Remember, submissions need not be just these idea starters. If your submission is one of these writing opportunities, please say which one.

  • Conference 2013 – If Tombstones could Talk (nonfiction), Around the Campfire (Western horror), OR Down in the Valley (romance)
  • March 2013 – The Good Old Days (memoir or fiction), The Devil May Care (Mystery/Horror), OR What Lies Within (Faith/Inspiration)
  • April 2013 – (Same as March)
  • May 2013 – (Same as March)
  • September 2013 – no assignment
  • October 2013 – Something spooky
  • November 2013 – Falling Leaves
  • December 2013 – One character from a work gives a gift to another (possibly from another work)
  • January 2014 – “Free for All” – Any topic and genre of choice.


The ChaosWest of the Pecosis anannual publication of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers published each spring.  Submissions are accepted from members  of the TMTW and attendees at the spring retreat. Only workssubmitted during the retreatas assignments are acceptedfrom non-members. These works will be published in the following year’s Chaos. The editor will announce the number of words and/or works to be accepted each year.  In addition, suitability to our publication, ease of editing (readability) and the number of other submissions will determine what actually gets printed. Extremely political opinion essays and explicitly sexual submissions are not appropriate for the Chaos. The editorial committee of Chaos West of the Pecos will make the final determination of what is acceptable for the journal.

Current members of TMTW receive one free copy of the Chaos each year.   Non-member attendees at the spring retreat receive that year’s Chaos as part of their registration fee. Additional copies and future issues may be purchased at the regular price.

All rights to the works in the publication belong solely to the authors of those works. The opinions expressed in the journal should be attributed to the writers and not to the editor of Chaos West of the Pecos nor to the membership of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers.