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 gamblingtheaisle.com in December. 



GtA assembles! Special things take place

We just made history ladies and gentleman. For the first time since we expanded the magazine beyond the Founders of Pat, Adam, and John, Gambling the Aisle assembled all of its members in one room at the same time, for at least an hour. It was incredible. I know because I was there. It was like a solar eclipse.

While we wait for the magazine to make us millions, we (sadly) have to fill our lives with other means, which results in very rare physical encounters with each other. We work together primarily over the internet and through our cellular devices. We meet in pieces, when a few of us are available on the same night at the same time.

But on one magical evening in fall, the crisp air hanging around us, Gambling the Aisle met. Adam, Jenna (that’s me, I’m writing this), Pat, John, Megan, Andy, Becca (by order of arrival), and Peanut, the dog who loves these meetings the most, came together.  Some of the things that we discussed weren’t all that exciting, like whether we should tagline ourselves “Denver’s Second Best Lit Magazine,” or “Englewood’s Best Lit Magazine,” and how great a year 2008 was, but a lot of it was quite exciting, and that’s what we’d like to share. Here’s some things to look forward to from us over at GtA:

The results of our First Annual Chapbook Contest!
Submissions for poetry, fiction, and cover art are still open! The deadline is October 31st so if you’re reading this, it’s not too late! We look forward to going through all the work we have received, and declaring a talented winner in November. Look for the results of our contest, featuring the winning writers and artist, and honorable mentions in our upcoming winter issue. And speaking of that…

Our winter issue!
As always, we are accepting regular submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. Our newest issue will be coming out both online and in print this December.

Fiction Writer’s Workshop
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to sit down with Pat or Adam or Andy or me and argue and discuss pieces of writing, you’re in luck, and you’re not alone. But in all seriousness, the Workshop Podcast is a brand new venture that we’re all very excited about. With one workshop successfully under our belt, we are looking forward to reading and commenting on more of our readers’ work!

That was all for that meeting, and really we exceeded our own wildest hopes for productivity. After all, with such great people in a room together, who could hope to get any work done?


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.


Submit through Submittable: https://gamblingtheaisle.submittable.com/submit