Gargoyle Magazine

In Memoriam
Lucinda Ebersole

(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.

Lucinda Ebersole
by Ann Burrola (© 1993)

Gargoyle Magazine/Paycock Press
Friday, February 10, 2017

Gargoyle's 40th Anniversary (minus the actual twin issues, don't ask) is happening from 6:30-8:30pm at Teaism Penn Quarter - 400 8th St NW (about 6-7 block walk). We'll be in the basement with the koi pond. Any Gargoyle contributors can read a short poem or a page or less of a story. We're going for party not marathon. Amazing surreal tapestry of words and images to help keep us sane at Ground Zero given these days. Drinks and dins are on you but we've sprung for some of their awesome zerts. Think of this as a literary oasis.

Due to the election I'm taking a hiatus. Issues 65/66 and 67 will be published as intended. We will not be reading any new submissions during 2017. 

Issues 65 and 66 will be released simultaneously at year’s end or just after, in celebration of Gargoyle's 40th anniversary. Copyright date will be 2016 for both issues.

Issue 67 will appear around Labor Day in 2017.

Gargoyle #64 is out!

Cover photo for Gargoyle #64 by Chris Cardinale.

... #63 is in audio format ...

Graffiti drawn by Squiddy Johnson and Nathan Bowen; photographed by Sarah Katharina Kayß in London (Holburn). Photo © 2013 Sarah Katharina Kayß. Cover design, riffing on original image (in center box), by Kenneth Lee.

Gargoyle #63, a joint project with Mark Ari's Eat Music, is available as a downloadable CD at Eat Music's Bandcamp site.

Download also available via CDbaby, ITunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and most other sites for digital download and streaming.

If you prefer a CD, you can buy the physical object via our shopping cart, for $10.

... #62 is available ...

Deborah Russell in front of one of her canvases –
3x4 ft. mixed oil, acrylic, some ink and plaster. Photo by Gene Tanski, Tanski Studio and Gallery, Loveland, CO.

See the Table of Contents.

From now on, we will publish two smaller issues of Gargoyle a year instead of one gigantic annual.

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:


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:


Gargoyle in review

Click here for a new review of Gargoyle #57, at 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

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:

Gargoyle stuff!

Gargoyle gear

Gargoyle gear! Surprise your friends with Gargoyle T-shirts, mugs, clocks, lunchboxes, etc.

Richard Grayson blogs on 35 years of Gargoyle.


Lucinda's Wood Cake Boxes

Check out Lucinda Ebersole's latest project —
and her blogs:


Member, Council of Literary
Magazines and Presses

Listed at Duotrope's Digest

The Plimpton project

Drawings and Ceramics by Jody MusoffNOW AVAILABLE Drawings and Ceramics by Jody Mussoff, 37 color illustrations  $29.95 hdbk.; $18.95 pbk.


• News from Paycock Press •

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:

In our first 37 years, Gargoyle has published work by:

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, and
3 Firecracker Alternative Book Award winners,
among others.

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