The reading period for the upcoming issue (#73) of Gargoyle Magazine (to appear in late 2020) is now closed.
Submissions are no longer being accepted.
The next reading period begins July 1st, 2020.
“A recent survey of small press publishing by a Calyx intern revealed only twenty-five percent of those published are women. . . In contrast is the percentage of women on the list of contributors to Gargoyle, the annual literary magazine edited by Lucinda Ebersole and Richard Peabody in Arlington, Virginia, which is also celebrating thirty years in print. At least 45 percent of the writers who have had work published in Gargoyle since 1976 are women, including Kathy Acker, Rita Dove, Jennifer Egan, Shelley Jackson, and Naomi Shihab Nye. But Gargoyle, which has also published the likes of T.C. Boyle, Russell Edson, Allen Ginsberg, Ben Marcus, and Rick Moody, doesn’t make any declarations about gender distinctions. The cover of its anniversary issue, also released in August, features an illustration by Patricia Storms that pretty well sums up thirty years of work by a magazine that doesn’t take itself too seriously: A UFO indiscriminantly beams up its cargo, including toilet paper, a telephone, a rat, a cat, a drumstick, a brassiere, a granny with a book, and Frankenstein with a typewriter. God bless literary magazines with a sense of humor.”– Kevin Larimer, Poets & Writers Magazine
Be sure to visit the
- Washington Independent Review of Books
and read their review of Gargoyle Magazine’s 40th Anniversary Celebration and Launch of Issues 65 and 66!
News about Gargoyle authors
- Congrats to Monica McFawn, who has won the Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction. Her work appeared in Gargoyle 58. For details, click here.
- Art Taylor‘s story “Precision” from Gargoyle #61 received an honorable mention in the 2015 Best American Mystery Stories anthology.
- Congratulations to Kelly Cherry, whose “A Dream with the Wind in It” from Gargoyle #61 was published in The Best Small Fictions 2015 from Queen’s Ferry Press.
- You can enjoy this story by Karen Chase from Gargoyle#62 as a downloadable PDF: KarenChaseStory
Gargoyle in review
- Click here for a new review of Gargoyle #57, at newpages.com. It says in part: “Don’t let the length throw you. Take it as an invitation to skip around and find the pieces that really satisfy your reading hungers.
- “Enjoy this review: “At Last–a Literary Journal for the 99%”
- Gargoyle #57 is a 600-page doorstop of an issue!
- The launch party for Gargoyle #57 was a blast! Our thanks to hostess Zena Polin, owner of the Daily Dish, who has a story in #57 as well.
Gargoyle magazine celebrates 35 years of literary activity!
- Photos are at http://gargoylemagazine.com/gargoyle/history3.htm
- In the wake of this and related events, the Washington Post Magazine published what a colleague has called “a lovely and long-overdue profile of (Gargoyle publisher) Richard Peabody, who does so much and then some to tirelessly promote, publicize and shape Washington writers and writing”:
- A banner day – first time the New York Time has linked to Gargoyle:
- For a review of Gargoyle issue #56, go to:
- For a review of Gargoyle issue #55, go to:
(March 12, 1956 – March 20, 2017)
- I’m heartbroken that my literary partner in crime has passed away. My plan is to shepherd her short story manuscripts and novel into print over the next few years. She was one of a kind and the funniest human I have ever known.
- Richard Grayson blogs on 35 years of Gargoyle.
- Gargoyle gear! Surprise your friends with Gargoyle T-shirts, mugs, clocks, lunchboxes, etc.
- NOW AVAILABLE Drawings and Ceramics by Jody Mussoff, 37 color illustrations $29.95 hdbk.; $18.95 pbk. www.blurb.com
Events from 2018:
Saturday 10/20 3-5pm
- Gallery 37
8 South Walnut St.
- An abstract painting show plus Richard Peabody will be reading with Nancy Mitchell and Jane Miller.
Wednesday 10/24 7-9pm
- Fizz Presents:
The Gentle Men Speak at KGB
85 E 4th St,
New York, NY 10003
- Richard Peabody will be reading with Roberto Carlos Garcia, Michael Hawley, Simon Perchik, Bill Lantry, and Eric Darton.
Friday 11/2 6pm
- Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
1517 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20036
- Join us Friday, November 2, at 6pm, for a panel discussion on “I wrote a Book! Now What?” Holly Smith, editor-in-chief of the Washington Independent Review of Books, will headline a panel discussion on the challenges writers face in finding publishers and in promoting their books. She will be joined by Laura Strachan, principal of The Strachan Literary Agency; and writers Richard Peabody (publisher of Gargoyle Magazine and author of the forthcoming Guinness on the Quay), J. Michael McNealy (author of Skeleton Horse, written during his second deployment to Iraq), and John Adam Wasowicz (author of the legal thriller Daingerfield Island). This lively and informative conversation will provide insights to indie writers and publishers seeking opportunities to introduce, expand, and redefine their literary horizons. [sponsored by Harvardwood (i.e., Harvard grads in the arts) but open to the public]
40th Anniversary Celebration & Launch for Issues 65 / 66 of Gargoyle Magazine!
- Gargoyle Magazine will celebrate our 40th Anniversary with the launch of 65 and 66, and a sneak peek at CD issue 67 at American University, Wed. 9/13/2017 from 6-8pm at the Batelle-Tompkins Atrium.
Suzanne Feldman, Andrew Gifford, Kateema Lee, Leeya Mehta, Frances Park, Marija Stajic, Gregg Wilhelm, Sarah Williams, and Katherine E. Young.
Along with E. A. Aymar and DJ Alkimist along with a cast of alternating sonic guests.
- All campus parking lots are free after 5pm. Closest is Bender Arena lot. It’s by the Starbucks and the overpass.
Gargoyle Magazine Launch at AWP, held at Teaism at Penn Station.
Gargoyle publisher celebrated at AWP 2015
- There was a publication party for Gargoyle publisher Richard Peabody‘s new book, The Richard Peabody Reader, on Saturday, April 11, 2015, during the Associated Writers Programs (AWP) conference. To quote the announcement: “… a career-spanning collection of this great writer’s poetry and prose. … we honor Richard’s many important contributions to writers and writing, and congratulate him on his new book, his life and the founding of Gargoyle magazine.”
- For more details, go to: https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/event_detail/4714
Defying Gravity launch is standing-room only
- The January 11, 2014, launch party at Washington, DC’s renowned Politics & Prose bookstore for Defying Gravity, the sixth anthology in the Grace & Gravity series of fiction by Washington, DC-area women, published by Paycock Press and edited by Richard Peabody, was a blast! The bookstore was full to capacity with a standing-room crowd eager to meet contributing authors and enjoy the opportunity to network with lovers of literature. Watch this space for photos!
Work published in Gargoyle has been awarded, nominated for, or received honorable mention in the following:
- Acker Awards
- American Book Awards
- Best African American Fiction
- Best American Fantasy
- Best American Nonrequired Reading
- Best American Poetry
- Best American Short Stories
- Best of the West
- New Stories from the Midwest
- New Stories from the South
- O. Henry Prize
- Poetry Daily
- Pushcart Prize
- The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror
- Towson Prize for Literature
- Verse Daily
- Best American Essays
- Editor’s Choice
- The Best Small Fictions 2015
- Best American Mystery Fiction 2015
- Walt Whitman Award
In our first 40 years, Gargoyle has published work by:
14 American Book Award winners,
10 Acker Award winners,
6 National Book Award-winning authors,
3 PEN/Faulkner winners,
4 Pulitzer Prize winners,
2 MacArthur Fellows,
2 Nebula Award winners,
2 Yale Younger Poets,
1 Hugo Award winner,
1 Poet Laureate,
6 Iowa Short Fiction Award winners,
6 Flannery O’Connor Award winners,
3 James Laughlin Award winners,
2 Lamont Poetry Selection winners,
2 William Carlos Williams Award winners,
8 National Poetry Series winners,
5 Orange Prize Long List writers,
2 Orange Prize Short List writers,
2 National Book Critics Circle Award winners,
6 Lambda Literary Award winners,
1 Gertrude Stein Award winner,
3 Firecracker Alternative Book Award winners, and
1 Walt Whitman Award winner, among others.
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