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


Once 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. 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 on our contest winners page

(You could win 10$ and a sticker or illustration of your story!). 


Send your polished beasties and lovely misfit monstrosities to grimsyliterarymagazine@gmail.comIn 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:

  • Fiction less than 2,000 words

  • Poems that are 2 pages max  

  • Diary entries you meant to burn 2,000 words or less

  • 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.

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.