Gambling the Aisle Issue 7 is now available!

To our loyal readers–

Gambling the Aisle magazine is proud to announce the release of Issue 7 (or, what would have been called “Winter 2014” before we changed the numbering system).  Although some decisions were difficult to make, we think you will enjoy the final product.  A special thank you to everyone who contributed this time around, your submissions are what make us “Denver’s 2nd Best Lit Mag.”  This issue marks the beginning of a new era for our magazine, as we have officially added Jenna Park to the editorial staff.  She has a sharp eye, good taste, and she’s certainly earned the promotion.  “Scout” assumed her full share of editorial responsibilities for Issue 7, so please edit your correspondence to read “…the four of you can go to hell.”

We’re working on some merchandise to give you in exchange for your donation dollars, but in the meantime: Have you considered picking up a copy of Vanessa Cuoto Johnson’s Life of Francis?  Vanessa is the winner of second annual chapbook competition, and we are honored to make her work available to you.  Each copy of Life of Francis is by bound by hand and printed on high quality paper.  It is available for purchase through the GtA store, and comes with a free copy of the magazine if you order before we stop our print run.

Let us know what you think of Issue 7, we sincerely appreciate your interest and hope you’ll consider submitting.

Keep gambling,

The Editors

2014 Chapbook Winner

We are so pleased to announce the winner of our 2014 Chapbook Contest: Vanessa Couto Johnson with her brilliant work, “Life of Francis.” This chapbook will be available for purchase in early December!

We would also like to announce our talented runner-ups:

Heikki Huotari – “Tooth and Shoe”
Allison Thorpe – “To This Sad and Lovely Land”
Michael Cuglietta – “In the Middle of the Ocean”
Milla van der Have – “Ghosts of Old Virginny”
Shelby Stephenson – “Nin’s Poem”

Thank you to everyone who submitted work to our contest. We were humbled by the amount of truly tremendous writing we received.

Gambling the Aisle Flash Fiction is here!

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for flash fiction! We will publish a Flash Fiction piece of the month, every first of the month, right here on the Gambling the Aisle blog. If that’s not good enough (and it is, we know), our favorite piece from a six month period will be included in our regular bi-annual publication. 

For this category, we will only accept pieces of 300 words or fewer, but you can submit up to three pieces at a time. Visit our submittable page, at to view all of the submission guidelines, and to submit. 

We are ecstatic about this addition to our literary efforts. it is important to us to find work that thrives in brevity, that survives only in this form, and not short excerpts from longer works. We are ready to read! The first Flash Fiction of the month will be published right here on February 1.

2013 Chapbook Contest Results!

After endless evenings of extensive consideration, grueling arguments and one exhaustive boxing match, we have named our Chapbook and Cover Art winners! (Adam won the boxing match, but Pat refuses to comment.) It is with great pleasure we announce Jamey Gallagher as our 2013 Chapbook winner with his darkly provocative Crumblehead, and Patrick Shambeck as our 2013 Cover Art winner with his stunning piece entitled Death Turned.

About our winners:

Jamey Gallagher lives in Baltimore, where he teaches at the Community College of Baltimore County. He has had more than thirty pieces of writing published in small journals, online and in print. Three of his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Patrick Shambeck came from humble beginnings in Greenville, Alabama. He moved to Los Angeles, California where he found artistic inspiration in the crashing waves and sandy bikinis.

In addition to these two individuals, we also take pleasure in announcing the following runners up:

For the Chapbook Competition:
Christina Elaine Collins – Antiheroines of America
Alyssa Yankwitt – The Displacement
Susan Charkes – Averted Vision
Howie Good – A Danger to Self or Others
Laura Johnson – To Let the Water Run

For the Cover Art Contest:
Rand Smith – Under Her Hat
Erin Hinz – Sparkle Motion in Liquid Form
Emerson Myers – Generation Gap

We were shocked and overwhelmed by the amount and the incredible quality of work that we received for this contest. It is very gratifying for us to see people inspired to contribute to the independent literature community. This was our first annual contest, and its success excites us for future prospects of similar natures. It’s hard to believe how much this magazine has grown and developed in its years in production, and we are very proud of our ever-expanding project. 

The best part of it all is that we get to learn about new writers, and expose them to readers who otherwise wouldn’t find them. That has always been our endeavor, and will continue to be as we continue publishing Gambling the Aisle. This contest is a true showcase of the talent and risk-taking we have always strived to put forth. 

Crumblehead will be available for purchase at in December. 


Gambling the Aisle Chapbook Prize

Gambling the Aisle Chapbook Prize

Gambling the Aisle is happy to announce our first chapbook contest. It is open for both fiction and poetry submissions.

Prize: Publication, 25 copies (sent upon publication). Five runners-up will receive recognition in the winter edition of Gambling the Aisle, a free copy of both the winter issue and of the winning chapbook.

Judges: The Gambling the Aisle editors will select the winner and runners-up in November.

Entry Fee: $12

Submission Deadline: October 31

  • Fiction 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.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.


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