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The Uncommon GRACkle

Currently published twice a year, the “GRACkle” is the Gateway Regional Arts Center’s free literary and visual arts zine. It features original, well-written fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, photography and art, and any other expression we can fit on a few printed pages.

Like a grackle, it’s voracious in approach, foraging on every idea in words and images that sometimes flash beautiful colors, that other times cry harshly, that at all times take flight in a flurry of enigmatic truth.

We welcome submissions from all writers and artists, in any genre, although we prefer perspectives from the Gateway area of Kentucky. 

Please see below for the Submission Guidelines, read them, then submit by following this LINK.

Deadline for April's Zine is February 23.

Submission Guidelines for The Uncommon GRACkle

We accept original flash fiction of up to 1,000 words, short stories from 1,000 to 4,000 words, and poetry of reasonable length in any genre. Art and photography are limited to black and white reproduction at this time.

We want works that mean something, either to you or others, that transport us places, that reveal old or new ideas in deep ways, that entertain and speculate, that challenge and diversify our minds and the minds of readers. If it’s simple, great. If it’s complex, great. If it’s weird, great. Our GRACkle is voracious, and resourceful, and guttural, and wants to feed on harsh truths of all kinds.

We want to showcase authors, photographers, artists and creatives of all walks of life, with voices that reflect all peoples and paths possible on this Earth. Whether you’re in the majority or among the marginalized, we want to hear what you’ve got to say to the world.

Unfortunately, we cannot at this time offer payment for publication. However, free printed author copies may be made available to those accepted for publication, when possible.

All submissions must be submitted online, via our Green Submissions portal, which requires an email address. Signup at Before clicking over, please read the following carefully.

Content & Considerations

- Submit only one story, one image or piece of art, or up to three poems (if you’ve got lengthy poetry, limit this to one poem) per artist per reading period.

- We accept text submissions by copy and paste (in the submissions portal) or by attachment: .doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf files only. Art and photos should be attached as high res .jpg files.

- We don’t mind submissions that you’ve submitted elsewhere, that is simultaneous submissions, but please let us know. If you have to pull it from consideration, we need to know as soon as possible. 

- Previously published work, as long as you hold the copyright or there are no reprint restrictions, is okay, too. Again, please let us know so we can credit the original publisher. We don’t mind if it’s been on your blog or website or social media.

- Please don’t submit previously rejected material, even if it’s been heavily revised. However, we may ask for edits, hold submissions for future publication, or may solicit previously submitted material. (We’ll let you know.)

- We said any genre, but no fan fiction, vampires or zombies, please. We’re not that type of publication. While we don’t mind horrific situations, we do not publish true horror, grindhouse or gruesome tales. (Think Stephen King, not chainsaw massacre.) Science fiction should be about characters and emotions, rather than ships and laser battles. And, we do not publish erotica or erotic scenes in any genre.

- Violence and foul language is a slippery slope. We understand the artistic desire to reflect the real world but we won’t be easily won over, and we reserve the right to reject any work on these grounds. That means, if you use the f-word in every paragraph or paint brutalized bloody corpses, this is not the publication for you. 

- Please apply the same off-limits thinking to any work that promotes racism, sexism or pretty much any “ism” or prejudice. Your work may address these issues, but promoting them will get an instant rejection.

If you think your work might be interpreted badly due to these content guidelines, feel free to submit anyway and plead your case as to why it should be published. Above all, art is art. We will listen! Just know we have the final say.

Helpful Hints

The shorter the better. We know, that doesn’t sound fair. But, we want to feature as many artists as possible and with the cost of printing, space is of short supply.

Submit what you know. Or, please do your homework. We want complex characters and depictions, not poorly-researched stereotypes. (And, we shouldn’t have to say this, but plagiarizing will get you banned. Just so you know.)


Accepted artists will be notified via email through our Green Submissions portal. We will also manage rejections this way as well. You can also check the status of your submissions via your login page.

Again, we cannot offer payment at this time. But, we hope to one day, in order to support our artist community. We’ll keep you informed.

By submitting to The Uncommon GRACkle, you are granting it the non-exclusive right to publish your work in print and online and display it for the duration of the journal. Copyright remains with the writer, artist, photographer in all cases. If your work is subsequently reprinted elsewhere, please acknowledge The Ucnommon GRACkle as the site of first publication.