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

          Twice a year, Grimsy emerges from the darkness and takes the form of an online, interactive, tarot-inspired card deck; as well as a physical magazine. Our collection of art and literature scrapes the grime from tragedy to reveal the silver underneath and shows us our own reflection. Throughout the year, we also host various themed flash fiction contests. Follow us on Instagram (@grimsylitmag) to be sure you never miss a chance to participate in our spooky community of goth and horror enthusiasts or to have your story featured in our Hall of Fame (You could win 10$ and a sticker or illustration of your story!). 


        Send your polished beasties and lovely misfit monstrosities to We accept fiction that is less than 2,000 words, poems that you keep wrapped around your husband’s heart in a jar on your desk (and that are two pages max), diary entries from your attic that you swore to yourself you’d burn, and artistic interpretations of Tarot cards (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.

Oh, and do not send us depictions of sexual violence. 

We will not publish, read, or even use them as coasters. We will block, publicly shame, and hex you. 

         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. 

        The staff at Grimsy are starving artists. We can’t pay our rent or you, but we can work together to create a home for the unusual, interesting, and frightening. 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.

       All submissions are reviewed and chosen for publication by our editor-in-chief and illustrator, Katherine Watterson. She aims to publish writing with exemplary command of structure, realized intention, memorable voices, and that suit our aesthetic. Stories selected for publication will pair the grim with the whimsical, as well as reimagine and reinvigorate the familiar with the fantastical. 

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.