Gargoyle Magazine

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.

Events from 2018:

Saturday 10/20   3-5pm

Gallery 37
8 South Walnut St.
Milford, DE 

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
(212) 505-3360

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
(202) 387-1400

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]

Scenes from the 40th
Anniversary Celebration
& Launch for Issues 65 / 66
of Gargoyle Magazine!

Andrew Gifford (top left)
 Suzanne Feldman (top right).

Leeya Mehta.

Richard Peabody.

Frances Park (top left), Katherine Young (top right);
Kateema Lee (bottom left) and Sarah Louise Williams (bottom right).

The attentive crowd (left); Marija Stajic (right).

Gargoyle Magazine Launch
at AWP, held at
Teaism at Penn Station.

Mary Ann Larkin (left), W.F. Lantry (center),
and Kathleen Fitzpatrick (right).

Doritt Carroll (left), Pamela Murray Winters (top right),
and Jeff Richards (bottom right).

Susan Lewis (left), Devin Taylor (center),
and JoAnn Balingit (right).

Enjoying sweets from Teaism!.

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!

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.

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)

Lucinda Ebersole's blogs:

Issues 65 and Issue 66, published in celebration of Gargoyle's 40th anniversary, are now available!

Issue 67 will appear around Labor Day in 2017.

Issue 66

Cover collage for Gargoyle #66 by Julia Geiser.

Issue 65

Cover collage for Gargoyle #65 by Julia Geiser.

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:


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 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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