Gingerbread House Lit Mag

Submission Guidelines



Dear Friends,

We have completed this leg of our journey through the woods. Gingerbread House Literary Magazine is closing its doors. Our last issue will appear at the end of December 2022. We are no longer accepting work.

We will maintain our website for the foreseeable future so that archived work will remain online as long as possible. If you have questions you may still contact us through

I am so very grateful to everyone who has actively participated in this endeavor since its inception in June 2013. Thank you, dear readers, for supporting our magazine. Thank you to everyone who supported us and got the word out about our publication. Thank you to the writers who sent us exceptional work time and time again.

We were honored to be able to offer a home to a wide variety of established and new authors over 54 issues. We tried to provide a consistent place for work that was beautifully speculative as well as that which had a good dusting of horror and mayhem. We tried to publish both the experimental and traditional, believing we all benefit from those things existing side by side.

We’ve also been blessed to have had the help of nationally known artists like Anna Dittmann, Natalia Drepina, Abigail Larson, Sarah Ann Loreth, Laura Makabresku, Jonny Ruzzo, Brooke Shaden, Rob Woodcox, Chie Yoshii, & Lara Zankoul (to name a few), throughout our run. Their willingness to let us share their work free of charge is astounding. Please visit their websites; please buy a print.

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the various editors who shaped GBH’s aesthetic. They include in alphabetical order:  James Clark, Joy Clark, Kayla Haas, Tennessee Hill, Lauren Jeter, Aaron Michael Kline, Arianna Lister, Sierra Paige, Dan Paul, M. E. Perkins, Jade Ramsey-Schlich, Emily Townsend, Kay Winfield, and Jeremy Windham. I am especially grateful to Brett Gaffney-Paul for being my co-editor. Without her help, this project would have never gotten off the ground nor subsisted for so long. Thank you for being my co-conspirator, B.

As Neil Gaiman wrote in “Instructions”: “Walk up the path, and through the garden gate / you never saw before but once. / And then go home. Or make a home. / And rest.” It is time for us to rest, make some tea, tell our own stories. But we will always cherish yours.

With pixie dust,

Christine Butterworth-McDermott, Founder & Editor

P.S. Writing is a challenging task and often full of heartbreak, remember to keep going. Remember to expect transformation.

To that end, we highly recommend these places to help with your endeavor:


Fairy Tale Magazine (formerly Enchanted Conversation)

Fairy Tale Review

Flash Fiction Online

Slipstream Magazine


Strange Horizons

and especially the website for SFPA and Erica Verrillo’s blog for calls and speculative resources.

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