Submission Guidelines

Issue 13 (to be published in December 2017) will be Gambling the Aisle’s first special publication: an all-women’s edition. The pages of issue 13 will be dedicated to, and filled by, women artists and writers, so if you identify as a woman, please submit. If you don’t, please submit as well, but understand that we will hold your submission until Issue 14 (to be published in July 2018).

  • We accept simultaneous submissions; however, you are required to notify the editors immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept only finished but unpublished work.
  • We read every submission, but our response time depends upon our publication schedule. We will respond as soon as we can.
  • We are unable to offer authors of accepted work any type of monetary payment.
  • Please include a brief bio with your submission.

The Bob Loblaw Law Talk:

*These rules apply only to submissions to the magazine. For chapbook contest rules and guidelines, see the chapbook section*

  • If your work is accepted you agree to give Gambling the Aisle first time serial rights and electronic archival rights.
  • For 90 days after the digital publication Gambling the Aisle reserves the right to use your work for an in-print publication.
  • Your work may be subject to minor editing
  • By submitting to Gambling the Aisle, you are agreeing to be placed on our mailing list.
Ends on November 13, 2017$13.00
  • Prize: Publication, 20 copies and $100 (both sent upon publication). Additionally, the winner and five runners-up will receive recognition in the winter edition of Gambling the Aisle.
  • Fiction, nonfiction, or poetry can be entered.
  • Length: 16 to 36 pages
  • All submissions should be complete with a title page, table of contents, and if needed, an acknowledgement page. These pages do not count towards the page limit.        
  • Individual poems/stories that have been previously published are acceptable; however, this should be the first time they are printed as a collection. Self-published or previously published collections are ineligible. Longer, chapbook-length stories that have been previously published are also ineligible. 
  • Writers who are affiliated with the Gambling the Aisle editors or staff are ineligible to enter.      
  • You may submit more than one entry; however, the fee must be paid for each entry.          
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accept submissions that incorporate visual images.          
  • All entries should be single spaced, using 12 point font (unless form is relevant to the work's presentation). Your name should only appear on the title page.
  • Please include a bio.
The winning submission will be selected in November by the Gambling the Aisle editors.
Job Description

The Art Editor will work with Gambling the Aisle editors and staff to continue our ongoing (and future) projects including (but never limited to) producing a biannual literature magazine and an annual chapbook. In short, the Art Editor will be responsible for Gambling the Aisle's visual art needs. 

Sample Responsibilities 
  • Solicit for art submissions
  • Pick art to be included in the issue
  • Select featured artist
  • Interview featured artist
  • Collect and edit artist bios
  • Help select an issue cover
  • Proofread art captions
  • Provide a chapbook cover
Required qualities
  • Devoted to, and has a background in, visual art
  • Believes in the value of creating a publication that provides a venue for artists to share their work with the world
  • Interested in work that is strange, unrecognizable, difficult
  • Reliable
  • Responsive
  • Able to meet deadlines 
  • Adaptable to the chaos of being a part of an all-volunteer publication
  • Comfortable interviewing and writing
  • Able to work alone
  • We are all-volunteer so don't expect to make $ (or even ¢); however, we're financially stable, so you won't lose any money by joining.
  • An editorship makes a sexy line for a resume or CV.
  • You'll be joining a community of kick ass artists. 
  • You will have the joy of providing a gateway through which art enters the world.
To apply
  • Please submit a letter of interest to submittable (here!) 
    • Ideas of things to discuss: your life info (name, phone, address), why you're interested in the position, your artistic philosophy, artistic interests, artistic inspirations, previous publication experiences, your awesomeness as a human, and other information in which you think we'd be interested.
  • Include a few samples of your work
What is Gambling the Aisle

Gambling the Aisle is a literary magazine based out of Denver and Los Angeles (however you don't have to live in either of these locations). We've been publishing since 2011 and are attracted to the strange and uncategorizable. We think that subjects are secondary to craft. We have many ideas for expansion but need help to make this happen!

• No more than one fiction or non-fiction submission per issue.
• Excerpts from longer works are allowed.

• No more than one non-fiction submission per issue.
• Excerpts from longer works are allowed.

• To be considered as a featured artist please submit six to 10 images from a series. Images should be 768 dpi on the longest side. Accepted featured artists will get a 6-10 page spread including interview, bio and contact information.
• Individual images will be considered to run in the magazine’s banner with a link to contact info.