Grim and Gilded

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Grim & Gilded was founded upon the idea of finding beauty within the darkness - the feverish seeking for threads of gold among the twisting gloom and dusky shadows. The brightest ray of sunlight cannot reach all dark corners of humanity, and it is here that exists the places that hold the morbid horrors we cannot tear our eyes away from and the lilting lullabies that wash eerily over the deep history of the collective unconscious. G&G seeks to pull words from these places of darkness and place them, unapologetically, into the light of day where they may be studied, absorbed, and reflected upon by those who wish to confront the shadows within us all. G&G is looking for stories and poetry steeped in the genres of horror, fantasy, and dark fiction. Humanity’s oldest forms of storytelling are rooted in mythology and folklore - narratives that played a fundamental role in society, whether it be to explain the origin of the world or to warn against evil in the vast and seemingly infinite wilderness. Grim & Gilded seeks to elevate and uplift new and emerging authors- the weekend writers, the office workers scrawling prose in the margins of their meeting notes, the ‘jot it down on a napkin during my lunch break-ers’. Unpublished voices are especially welcomed and encouraged.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Carter Brighton
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Founder and Editor in Chief
fiction, poetry
Submissions Policy
Accepted works will fall into the categories of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. Grim & Gilded wants to read fiction within the realms of fantasy, horror, high fantasy, magical realism, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, contemporary fantasy, fairy tales, Gothic, steampunk, and thriller. Short Story and Flash Fiction Guidelines: Manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman font, with standard one-inch margins. Submissions should be no longer than 6,000 words for short stories, 1,000 words for flash fiction. Writers submitting flash fiction may submit up to three stories per submission. If submitting multiple pieces, please submit all in one document. Please use .doc or .docx file formats only. Poetry Guidelines: As with short stories and flash fiction, themes related to fantasy, magical realism, and science fiction are preferred. Grim & Gilded accepts up to five poems per submission. If submitting multiple poems, please submit all in one document. Please use .doc or .docx file formats only. At this time, Grim & Gilded accepts simultaneous submissions but please notify us as soon as possible if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Grim & Gilded only accepts previously unpublished work.
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Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
4 - 6 weeks
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