The reading period for issue 74 begins July 1st, 2020.

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“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
Member, Council of Literary 
Magazines and Presses


New Releases

Gargoyle 71
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Gargoyle 72
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Have I Said Too Much?
by Carmen Delzell
A Mix of Fiction, Journalism, and Radio Shows
Coming Soon

For the Sake of the Boy
by Ramola D.
Short Stories
Coming Soon
by Lucinda Ebersole
A Novella
Coming Soon

Written in Arlington
edited by Katherine E. Young
An anthology of Arlington poems and poets
Coming in November

Trish MacEnulty reads from her essay in #71

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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 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!

  • A banner day – first time the New York Time has linked to Gargoyle:

In Memoriam 
Lucinda Ebersole
(March 12, 1956 – March 20, 2017)

Lucinda Ebersole 
by Ann Burrola (© 1993)

Gargoyle stuff!

  • 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.


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]

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.
  • Featuring:
    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.
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!.

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.”

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!