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The Goldfish is taking a winter vacation for the months of December and January. We will resume publishing in February. During this time we are not closing our submissions, but responses might take a little longer than usual. We appreciate your patience.

All of us here at Goldfish Grimm hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

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After munching his way through 20 issues, like many hard workers out there Grimm has decided it’s time for a vacation. He’s taking the month off to sample stories from other publications and try to swim off the little fishy love handles he’s developing.

Grimm’s Summer Reading List:

Tasty Stories:
“Makeisha in Time” by Rachael K. Jones, published at Crossed Genres
“Ulder” by Vajra Chandrasekera, published at Daily Science Fiction
“The Panda Coin” by Jo Walton, published at Lightspeed

Delicious Publications:
Strange Horizons
Crossed Genres
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Lakeside Circus

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Hello everyone. We have some exciting news. Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Sushi Fiction has been around for a bit now, 16 issues and counting. We love everything we’ve published, and we want to publish more. We believe the best way to draw new talent as well as encourage those writers that have already found us is to raise our pay rate. Effective this issue, Goldfish Grimm’s will now be paying $0.01 a word on both short stories and flash fiction, with a minimum payment of $10 for flash fiction and $25 for short stories. We are looking forward to continuing to bring you quality fiction here in the fishbowl. And we hope to see more submissions from all of you. Feed the fish, he’s always hungry.

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Greetings from the Fish Bowl!

Things are moving along swimmingly here at Goldfish Grimm. First we want to thank everyone for their patience as we’ve made this transition. Both Michael and I are extremely grateful for the support we’ve received while stepping into the role of co-editors. Overall I think we’re both very pleased with how smoothly things have gone and we certainly hope they continue to go well.

Now that the October issue is out and the silt is settling to the bottom of the tank we’ve noticed that the water is a little emptier than we’re used to. We want to open up again to submissions and to do that we need some new readers. If you think you would be interested in reading for Goldfish Grimm, you can email us to request an application at . We will be accepting applications through October 31st, and expect to make a decision no later than November 7th.

As of this posting we have read and responded to all submissions. If you have submitted something to us and have not heard back from us, please query.

Speaking of opening up to submissions, with things back on track we anticipate opening sooner rather than later and we will keep you posted on when we settle on a date. Until then, we hope you continue to enjoy Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Sushi Fiction.


-Kelly Stiles, Co-Editor
Goldfish Grimm

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Sorry we’ve been a pile of fail here at the Goldfish. Matt and I have a confession to make: we’re exhausted. We’ve been frantically trying to do everything we did before having a baby and it’s just not happening. So, we were faced with a decision: close up shop for good or bring in some new folks to help out.

Kelly Stiles has been on staff as a slush reader since January and we brought Michael Haynes on board in July. They’ve done a great job. They’re flying through slush like pros. It was the second round stuff that got neglected because we have no time. So! Without further adieu, we’d like to announce that Kelly and Michael will be taking over all editorial duties for Goldfish Grimm’s from this day forward. We’ll still be backing the magazine and doing promotional stuff but when it comes to the slush pile and editorial positions, we no longer have our hands in the mix.

Now, the important info:

Response Times

Kelly and Michael have set a goal of getting responses to all stories sent prior to August 15th by the end of September and all stories sent between August 15th and today by October 15th. In an effort to minimize stress as the new editors get caught up with everything, we’re temporarily closing to submissions. We will re-open to subs no later than January 1st, 2014.

Publication Date

The 15th of each month is slated to be the new publication date. The date of the first issue with the new editorial team will be announced in the near future.

First Readers

Later this year, Kelly and Michael will be taking applications for new first readers to come on-board along with the re-opening of submissions. If you are interested in this position and want Kelly and Michael to send an application to you when they’re ready to review applications, please let us know.

Meet the New Editors

Now the fun part. Get to know your new editors! When we re-open to submissions, make sure you address your cover letters to Kelly and Michael.

About Kelly Stiles

Kelly Stiles loves both reading and writing. She has been published in the In Situ anthology, at With Painted Words, and has a story coming out next year with Fireside Magazine.  In addition to wrangling for the goldfish, she is also an acquisitions editor of novellas for Dagan Books. Her day job is in the local national park.  You can visit her blog at

About Michael Haynes

An ardent short story reader and writer, Michael has had stories accepted for publication by Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, and numerous other venues including an appearance in Issue 3 of Goldfish Grimm’s (“Twenty-Seven Rules for Coping“). In addition to his new role in the Fish Bowl, he is the Editor for the monthly flash fiction contests run by Kazka Press and an Associate Editor for the “Unidentified Funny Objects” anthology series. His website is