Gingerbread House Lit Mag

Submission Guidelines

Bewitch, bother, & bewilder us



Gingerbread House is dedicated to publishing quality poetry & flash prose with a magical/folkloric/fairytale element. 

Our favorite writing is along the lines of the work of Neil Gaiman, Aimee Bender, Helen Oyeyemi, Steven Millhauser, Alice Hoffman, Karen Joy Fowler, and Kelly Link.  We lean toward the literary, but are open to anything well written.

We publish four to six issues a year and read year-round. We are not a paying market at this time.

What we  want:  Stories and poems that we’ve never seen before. Retellings that offer a new spin. Take your fairy tale and twist it.  Bend your fantasy to suit your needs.  Be original and fresh, loose and lovely.

What we don’t accept:  Sorry, but no stories for children, fan fiction (commentary is different), reprints, or translations. Absolutely nothing racist or pornographic. 


Please your submissions to  

  • Your cover letter with a brief third person bio should be in the body of your email
  • Please put “Submission-Genre-LastName” as your subject line.
  • All creative work in a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx) or pdf attachment.  If it’s not in a file we can open, we won’t read it.
  • Our staff changes so “Dear GBH Editors” works for us.
  • Please send only one submission at a time, and wait for a response before you submit additional work.
  • 3-5 poems; 1500 total word limit for flash/s. Details below.

If your work is accepted elsewhere, we’ll congratulate you, but please let us know via

We do not accept previously published material.  This includes any electronic form (blog, Facebook post, online zine), print journals, or books.

Our response time will generally be about 6 months, although sometimes it is regrettably longer. 

We acquire First North American serial rights. Rights then revert to the author upon publication. We only ask that we be acknowledged in future reprints of the work.


Submit up to five poems. Please use standard font and formatting (single-spaced, unless it’s a stylistic choice). Please include your entire submission in one file (doc or docx), page break between poems. We do not publish epic poems.


Submit up to three flash pieces in a single file, page breaks between pieces.  All fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced, in standard formatting and font. Total word count is limited to 1500 words. Please include the word count of your piece either in your email or on the submission itself (first page).  

If you see prose longer than 1500 words in Gingerbread House, it means we solicited that story or accepted it prior to May 2017.


All artwork for Gingerbread House Literary Magazine is solicited after we’ve chosen the fiction and poetry for each issue. Acceptance to Gingerbread House does mean that you give us the freedom to choose the art to enhance your piece as we see fit. 

All images are used by permission and/or are in the public domain.

We acknowledge all artists and link to their website, or email.

We unfortunately cannot offer payment, but art will receive exposure for two months, before it is archived on our site.  All rights are the artist’s.  The artist retains copyright and full ownership of the images. 

Thank you so much for your interest in Gingerbread House Literary Magazine. We wish you health, happiness, and magic.

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