S U B M I S S I O N G U I D E L I N E S
B E F O R E Y O U S U B M I T
The best way to know what we want is to look in our mirror (see below) and to read past issues of the magazine. You can find our archive here.
We’re currently seeking:
P O E M S
We are open to all kinds of poetry, from the lyric to the experimental. We are especially interested in poetry that plays with forms and ideas from the gothic, the fantastic, and the speculative. Please include Poetry in the subject line.
S H O R T S T O R I E S
We are a multigenre publication interested in fiction that tends to embrace the use of dark, fantastical elements, but our only real limit is 4,000 words. We accept hybrid work; just because we haven’t published something like it before doesn’t mean we’re not interested. Please include Fiction in the subject line.
P E R S O N A L E S S A Y / L Y R I C E S S A Y /
L I T E R A R Y J O U R N A L I S M / C R E A T I V E N O N F I C T I O N
Whatever you want to call it, we are interested in nonfiction writing that delves into the weird, the personal, the topics that obsess you. Describe your shadows; introduce us to your ghosts. Haunt us. We would like to be haunted. Please include Nonfiction in the subject line.
A R T
Each issue features one artist. If you would like to be considered, please send along a selection of at least five pieces (.jpg).
I N T E R V I E W S
Interviews with authors, artists, witches, filmmakers, oddballs and eccentrics. Please include Interviews in the subject line.
We’re also always looking for writers for our features sections. Please peruse a few examples from the archives before emailing us your:
D E A D L E T T E R S
Letters of love (or loathing) to your dead influences, literary or otherwise. Please include Dead Letter in the subject line.
S É A N C E S
Transcripts of séances (real or imagined) with your dead influences, literary or otherwise. Please include Séance in the subject line.
D R E A M S
Your dreams, for Billy to interpret. Billy may or may not be a Grimoire coven member with a copy of Billy Bing’s Dream Book. Please include Dear Billy in the subject line.
S P E L L S
Spells that read like poems, poems that are spells, found poems that read like spells, or spells made up of found language. Please include Spell in the subject line, and attach a high-quality image file for found work.
We DO accept simultaneous submissions.
All submissions, queries, and questions can be sent to the witches at firstname.lastname@example.org
We accept .doc, .docx, or .pdf. In case of a .pdf, we will need a writeable file upon acceptance. No shared Google docs, please.
T H E D E T A I L S
W H A T W E D O N ' T W A N T
Grimoire does not want your work if it includes racism, sexism, misogyny, ableism, ageism, homophobia, body-shaming, xenophobia, anti-immigrant sentiment, Islamophobia, TERF nonsense…basically, don’t send us bigoted nonsense of any kind, full stop. Irony is no excuse.
P A Y M E N T
We regret that we cannot pay contributors at this time; we earn no revenue from this endeavor. We are happy to promote your forthcoming work on social media; please feel free to tag and retweet us! We also do our level best to link to your online presence where appropriate. We are investigating the logistics of linking a tip jar to contributor bios; if you are interested in being a guinea pig for this and have Paypal or Venmo set up, please query us about this possibility upon acceptance.
E D I T I N G
We do one onscreen proofing pass for all prose and poetry immediately before launching a new issue. Typically our editors make a handful of corrections, limited to amending typos, grammatical errors, and formatting adjustments. In rare cases we will query the author if there’s an editorial issue of substance. We do not send proofs out in advance; instead, when the issue goes live, we email you requesting that you look over your work and respond ASAP if anything looks awry. Our editors will correct it within 24 hours (often within the hour). We reserve the right to alter titles and subtitles for reasons of formatting and/or viral potential.
R E S P O N S E T I M E
Our staff is all volunteer, and there are only three of us. We attempt to clear our inbox prior to the release of a new issue, so expect a wait of up to eight months, and possibly longer if we are holding your submission for a future issue. We will respond as soon as is humanly possible. Please don’t contact our editors on their personal social media accounts.
R I G H T S
We request first serial rights. If your work is reprinted, we kindly request that you let us know (so we can celebrate) and credit us with first publication. On occasion we will solicit a reprint, in which case we request one-time nonexclusive Internet use. Please do not submit previously published work to us.
L O O K I N T H I S M I R R O R
Shirley Jackson, witches, the uncanny, the fantastic, magical realism, hybrid genres, coyote-wolf hybrids, Emily Dickinson, Bloody Mary, outsider art, comics, “juvenile” art, horror, changeling babies, folklore, folk horror, experimental forms, dystopia, feminism, okay maybe a really good vampire, Party City, drag, gender-bending, irreverence, erasure, hallucination, disease, mental illness, baroque everything, sirens, basic monsters, murther, empty mansions, evil queens, Miss Havisham, Amelia Gray, Laura Jensen, Thylias Moss, Goya’s black paintings, Sedmikrasky, Švankmejer, David Bowie music videos, tarot, the occult, okay maybe interesting aliens, ghost stories, the diaries of Gerard Manley Hopkins, nocturnal life, doubt, the gothic, insomnia, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Virginia Woolf, glitches in the matrix, Jabberwocky, spinsters, surrealism, absurd humor, Spiritualism, mediumship, ouija, automatic writing, Bloody Mary, demonology, superstition, curses, spells, Emily Brontë, migraine auras, poisonous plants, black widows, Marjorie Cameron, Vali Myers, medical illustration, Diane Arbus, persona, Persona, Edward Gorey, B-Horror, Sally Mann, Beautiful Darkness, Adelia Prado, the Donner Party, Lizzie Borden, Upright Bipedal Canines, wendigos, hermits, eccentrics, Vivienne Westwood, British murder mysteries, The Orange Eats Creeps, Appalachian granny witches, world witchcraft traditions: voudon, Santería, paganism, shamanism, rootwork; camp, goats, turkey vultures of Iowa, The Rats of NIMH, dark hooded figures, yokai, opossums, rabbit feet, opera, Hieronymous Bosch, Leonora Carrington, Oulipo, Bloody Mary, charms, ruins, Angela Carter, Lynda Barry, Nnedi Okorafor, the Cyborg Manifesto, bestiaries, cryptids, Alexander McQueen, Kate Bush, David Lynch, Can Xue, Afrofuturism, dollhouse miniatures, body horror, interstitial art, unreliable narrators, speculative fiction, queerness, the grotesque, mall goth realism, witch gardens, Philip Pullman, doomsday cults, black velvet painting, Yayoi Kusama, Princess Langwidere, medical cannibalism, Sylvia Plath, Death Valley walking rocks, familiars, gastropods, cephalopods, Bloody Mary Bloody Mary Bloody Mary, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, John Berryman, night terrors, sleep paralysis, the art of translation, Björk, standing creepily right behind you, disproportion, Lumpy Space Princess, eschatology, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Giallo horror, altered states, Hayao Miyazaki, Federico Fellini, Clarice Lispector, Francesca Lia Block, murder houses, flamingos and hedgehogs, murder ballads, trypophobia, Maya Deren, Luis Buñuel, final girls, Kemeticism, exorcism, Sofia Coppola, the Fiji Mermaid, Strega Nona, Baba Yaga, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, kwaidan, kitsune, chimeras, martyrs, Lucas Cranach, failing the Voight-Kampff, Fantastic Planet, Yma Sumac, Roald Dahl, Tilda Swinton, The Wicked + the Divine, wandering the moors, taxidermy, excess.