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Submission Guidelines


“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting,

dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

~ Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven    



A few times a year, Grimsy emerges from the darkness to take the form of a chapbook, an online, interactive, tarot-inspired card deck and physical literary magazine, and two themed writing contests. Scroll below to check out our submission guidelines…if you dare.


Make sure to follow us on Instagram (@grimsylitmag) so you never miss any contest or deadline announcements. We'd love you to join our spooky community of goth and horror enthusiasts.









Our wonderfully spooky magazine is printed each year on Halloween. It features a collection of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, and high quality custom art pieces that go along with each piece. We love it when you get inventive so feel free to send us your Frankensteined poetry, scripts, or entirely new forms of writing. Check out our past volumes to get an idea of what we like.


 We are currently accepting submissions for Volume IV until June 31st 2023.



Dead of Winter is our chapbook that's as adorable as a gremlin when not fed after midnight and is published each Valentine’s Day. Don’t be fooled by its cuteness and size, there is still plenty of horror to sink your teeth into. Winners of our two yearly contests are guaranteed publication in this chapbook.


Fewer pieces are included in our chapbook which makes getting published in it all the more glorious. Never fear, if we like your piece but don’t have room in our chapbook, we won’t ghost you, you’ll be considered for the yearly magazine issue. 

Keep an eye out for Dead of Winter Volume I coming February 2024!






Send your polished beasties and lovely misfit monstrosities to Tell us the type of writing (Prose or Poetry) AND what you are submitting for in the subject headline (chapbook, magazine, or contest). In your submission, please include a short author bio (50 words or less).

If you tell us you rob banks in your spare time, we won’t ask questions. We are happy to label a submission anonymous if that enables the author to write more honestly. 

We accept:

·Any written form under 2,000 words

·Poems that are 2 pages max

·Art (in pdf form)


You may even invent a new short form of writing and send us that!

We don’t care if you want to lean your elbows on the table a little, we’re all sinners here



 All we ask is: don’t bore us and be stylish.

If you send us anything that is racist, homophobic, or depicts acts of sexual violence we will not publish, read, or even use them as coasters. We will, however, block, publicly shame, and hex you. 


As soon as we are able, we will begin paying contributors. Until then, submitters will receive a complimentary illustration of their submission if it is accepted for publication.


You’ll hear from us within a month if your piece is selected for publication. Currently, we are running behind on responses; so, please be patient with us: we are a quickly expanding publication.

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