Hobson's Choice is now listed at Duotrope.

We still seek submissions, as always.

Drunken shenanigans notwithstanding, increased distribution and a larger circulation to come.

Yo chillins.

From Punk Or Nothing!: "A collection of poems and short fiction takes a look at life, politics and god knows what else. I must admit that some of this went a bit over my head and you may need to re-read to "get" the full effect, as it deals with problems one can only try to empathise with, such as the extreme nihilistic values of the writers expressed in their submissions. Cold, hard and blunt to the point of no going back, Hobson's Choice is rich with honest and meaningful writings. A poignant moment quotes "it's just another gram the city gave you/everyone is talking about/this great emptiness/I know you feel it too" could have been written by Blake Schwarzenbach it is that emotive. Music zine purists bitch about these kind of mags, but I think they're an important alternative to the standard publication. I welcome poetry like I welcome music, with open arms and a wide-eyed readiness; I'm glad to have experienced Hobson's Choice and I'm eager to buy the next issue!"

From NeuFutur Magazine: "Hobson’s Choice is a very philosophically-oriented magazine. While it runs for about 32 pages, the effective content of the magazine is much more than that. There are pictures and other breaks from the text, but the vast majority of articles in this issue of Hobson’s Choice are without anything more than white backgrounds with black text placed over them. The style of writing (done by a number of different authors) is very complex and dense; where there are a number of pieces where this turns a writer’s words into poetry that must be dissected, there are times at which the writing seems too oblique to fully “get”. Perhaps this is just me, well-removed from any philosophy class that I might have taken in undergrad. The shining light of this issue of Hobson’s Choice is “Pool Room 11:55” by Virginia Rowlands. This piece details a number of individuals at a retirement home (or VA recovery ward, I’m unsure) and the actions that take place in the specific area at the specific time discussed. Where what is attempted in the two versions of “Ode To a Bottle of Pinot Noir” uis novel and interesting in concept, I feel that Slim F. Chance’s reinterpretation of the original poem seems to draw too heavily on the original, without putting enough of a spin in eir “remix” version. In much the same way, I would have liked to read more about the history of Rorschach’s ink blots; I understand it was to take up space, but what was present was very interesting. An interesting zine, even if it is a little hard at points to read.

Rating: 6.5/10"

So, that's what people are saying about issue 4. I would, however, like to point out that Hobson's Choice only has a slight philosophical bent; I'm assuming that the reviewer has not seen previous issues. I think people are taking the discordian piece i put in the centerfold a little too seriously.

Also, keep the submissions coming. I'll probably start reviewing them soon and getting back to people. I'm kinda swamped right now though.

seeking submissions for issue 5

That's right. I'm seeking fiction, non-fiction, essays, experimental prose, and maybe a little bit of poetry. Issue 5 should be out in the May/June time frame.

Fiction submissions should be 200-1500 words. 1500 is stretching it though. Keep it concise and interesting.

Poetry is acceptable, but limit submissions to one poem, 40 lines or less. I don't need to be bombarded with poetry, since the zine focuses on fiction. Not hatin' on poetry, it's just not the focus.

Send your misanthropic junk, dirty stories, and degenerate prose to

If you have questions, check out the guidelines at <a href=""></a>. If that still does not satisfy your questions, fire me an e-mail.

As always, if in doubt, submit. The worst that can happen is a 'no' right?

And if you don't plan on submitting, at least repost this. Give somebody else a head's up.

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Excerpts (in PDF) available at above link.

$2.00 - Using Post-Nihilistic tendencies, its a blend of Burroughsesque fiction, dreamy scenes of surreal modernism and punch-drunk literary devices. Fiction from Virginia Rowlands, Snoop D. Doom, Rupa Nolan. Poetry by Ashley Adiano and the combined works of Michael J Veloff and Slim F. Chance from the Remix Experiment Project. Artwork from Aunia Kahn.

Price includes S&H. All purchases include a free copy of Push-Button Apocalypse while supplies last.

CONTRIBUTORS: I'll get yours in the mail on Monday. Cheers.

Trades welcome; message or e-mail me at to discuss it.

Keep the submissions coming in ( Issue 5 is tentatively slated for May/June.


I'm preparing to start laying out the pages for Issue #4; get your submissions in before Monday or you'll be waiting until Issue 5. I have no set release schedule, and depending on my schedule/life it may be 2 months or it may be a year before that happens. You never know. So far, all I really have is some poetry. The bulk of it at the moment is my own fiction --anyone care to send some prose my way? Interviews, social commentary, fiction, essays, etc. welcome. If you don't think you'll be finished by Monday, shoot me an email ( telling me what you've got so far and how long you think it will end up being. I can wait if you pique my interest.

So far, the content is a mix of philosophically blurred fiction, misanthropic poetry, and a few odds and ends dealing with mental illness. If you can fit that bill, by all means, submit.

Once again, the word limits are going to be as follows: Fiction, 1000-1500 words; Poetry, 40 lines (give or take); Essays/Non-Fiction: less than 1000. Word, up.

If in doubt, submit anyway (as long as you meet the length requirements).