Synchronized Chaos is an interdisciplinary art, literary, science, cultural, and travel writing journal. The brainchild of an international group of contributors and volunteer editors/creative facilitators. Inspired by the mathematical concept of chaos theory – the study of how to effectively model and predict the behavior of systems which seem random, but are in fact highly influenced by initial conditions not yet fully understood.

We’re working with the idea of not-obviously-apparent logic that seems to emerge spontaneously from randominity. A way to facilitate and promote something we hope will bring enjoyment and inspire thought, creativity, and empathy among readers and contributors.

Synchronized Chaos welcomes our readers and encourages people to peruse our offerings. We strive for professionalism, to treat contributors and readers with respect, to offer enjoyment, pleasure, and beauty, and inspire and motivate thought and creativity and love.

Some of the inspiration for our journal came from the Cubatron art installation at the Burning Man festival, which takes place in northern Nevada every summer. The Cubatron is a cubic array of lights which randomly turn on and off based on a computer-generated randomized pattern. People stare at the grid for hours, periodically finding shapes, patterns, and all kinds of images in the flashing lights.

This brings up a computer science/mathematical discussion about the mathematical algorithms computers use to create randominity, and whether we can generate true randominity. Also, the Cubitron is a testament to the creative potential of our minds to find and create patterns where supposedly none exist, to come up with novel ideas and solutions for disparate circumstances.

That’s what we’re about at Synchronized Chaos – finding, promoting, and encouraging that kind of resourceful, imaginative thinking and helping people along the way as they decide how to harness creativity for positive good. Also, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending is a piece of music we believe matches the intentions of our journal.

Ray Bradbury on writing:

And what, you ask, does writing teach us?

First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is gift and a privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation.

So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.

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  1. Hey Cristina, I met you at Cafe Trieste open mic the night Obama won & you gave me your card & told me about your project. I finally made it over here & wow! I’m impressed. In between finishing up school I’m working on a few stories; I’ll try & wrap them up & send them in for the January issue. Would love to help out in any way…


  2. Thanks everyone for your feedback and support! Looking forward to your contributions! Rachel – glad to run into you last night, great job at the open mic! Would love to take a look at your stories whenever you get a chance.

  3. hi. is this journal only online journal? or it also publishes as paper? and what about limits? for this journal how many pages the submiting publications, issues, proses must be?

  4. Loli – we publish mostly online but can provide paper copies upon request. If you would like a paper copy please email us at synchchaos@gmail.com with “Synchronized Chaos” in the subject line.

    We do not have space limits…but if a submission is too long for the main site we will provide a few paragraphs and a link to read more on another site. You may submit pieces of any length.

    Thanks for your interest in Synchronized Chaos!

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  6. Hello Synchronized Chaos. You published my “Prodigal Father” awhile back. I didn’t see anything on your website about continuing rights. May I submit that story to other publishers now?

    I would hope to have more for submission to you later. My ideas have dried up a little after around 100 stories.

    Thanks, Doug

    • Hi Doug, sorry for the late response. Yes, please do go ahead and resubmit your story. You retain all rights!

      And please do feel welcome to resubmit to Synch Chaos in the future.

  7. Dear Editors,
    If you are interested in a copy for a review, kindly let me know.

    For Immediate Release:
    Contact: Robert L. Giron
    T: 703.351.0079

    Arlington, VA—Gival Press is pleased to announce the publication of Miss Lucy, winner of the Gival Press Novel Award, by William Orem.

    “A brilliant and imaginative tale of love, death, and literature.”—Kirkus Reviews

    “[William Orem’s] Stoker is a sensitive and haunted figure shaped by childhood memories of the Irish Famine and shocked by the brutalities of a Victorian underworld where seamstresses toil to service the theatre’s creation of beauty . . . This is a gripping and richly textured novel which speaks to our time as well as to Stoker’s.”—Dr Catherine Wynne, author of Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage, University of Hull, England

    “Miss Lucy is essential reading for anyone interested in Bram Stoker or his best-known work Dracula.”— Carol Senf

    “It’s got Gothic nightmares to make the skin crawl . . . a tour de force.”—John Domini

    “Orem has gifted us with a vivid glimpse into the life of Dracula author Bram Stoker.”— Richard Peabody

    About the Author
    William Orem is the author of Zombi, You My Love, a collection of stories which won the GLCA New Writers Award. His second collection, Across the River, won the Texas Review Novella Prize. His first novel, Killer of Crying Deer, won the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in the Small Presses, and has been optioned for film. His first collection of poems, Our Purpose in Speaking, won the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

    His short plays have been performed around the country, winning both the Critics’ Prize and Audience Favorite Award at Durango Theatre Fest, and thrice being nominated for the prestigious Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

    A native of Washington, D.C., he currently is a Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College. Visit: http://www.williamorem.com.

    Miss Lucy
    ISBN: 9781940724201
    Pages: 246 / Paperback $20.00 USA

    eBook: 9781940724218 / $9.99 USA

    Available October 1, 2019
    at Amazon, Barnes and Noble,
    Ingram, and Gival Press

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