X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine’s vision is to publish uncomfortable, entertaining, and unforgettable prose that shines brighter than the skeleton in your body, prose that sees through the skin and reveals something deeper. We work hard to give our readers the best authors on the planet. 

We publish two new stories per week. Special and Quarterly Issues are published throughout the year. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


Founding EditorJennifer Greidus
Managing EditorKatharine Coldiron
Consulting EditorChris Dankland
Creative Nonfiction EditorJo Varnish
Assistant Creative Nonfiction EditorMichael Todd Cohen
Fiction EditorCrow Jonah Norlander
Assistant Fiction Editors Joshua Hebburn
Kira K. Homsher
Claire Hopple
Graham Irvin
CK Kane
Features EditorRebecca Gransden
Acquisitions EditorLiz Crowder
Reviews EditorEvan Williams
Social MediaSean Littlefield Chumley
ReadersCaterina Alvarez
Jessika Bouvier
Tex Gresham
Maya Holt
Conor Hultman
Jillian Luft
Nico Montoya
Emily Myles
Luz Rosales
M. C. Smith
Holden Wright

Bob Schofield
Steve Anwyll

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Caterina Alvarez‘s work appears in The Atticus Review, Flash Boulevard, Flash Fiction Magazine, Tiny Molecules, and other literary magazines. She is an editor at Thirty West Publishing House and Flash Fiction Magazine and a reader for X-R-A-Y and Fractured Lit. Find her and her work on Twitter @Caterina445.

Jessika Bouvier is a writer from New Orleans and Atlanta. Her writing has appeared in Catapult (RIP), monkeybicycle, Electric Lit, perhappened, and elsewhere. Her work has received support from Georgia Writers and the Fine Art Work Center. She is an MFA candidate in fiction at George Mason University. She mostly likes other people’s tweets, @jessikavbouvier.

Sean Littlefield Chumley is a Chicago-based writer, optician and baker. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently at work on a novel. He’d love to stay and chat but he has cookies in the oven.

Michael Todd Cohen’s work appears in Columbia Journal, JMWW Journal and HAD, among others. He lives with his husband and two dogs, by a rusty lighthouse, in Connecticut. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Goucher College. You can find him on twitter @mtoddcohen.

Katharine Coldiron is the author of Ceremonials, a novella; Plan 9 from Outer Space, a monograph; and Junk Film, a collection of essays. Her work as a book critic has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, NPR, and many other places; as an essayist, in Conjunctions, Ms., Bright Wall/Dark Room, and elsewhere. Find her at kcoldiron.com or on Twitter @ferrifrigida.

Elizabeth Crowder is a law librarian and co-founder of The Sartorial Geek magazine. She is also an Associate Editor for Uncharted Magazine. Her writing appears in SmokeLong Quarterly, Pithead Chapel, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. You can find her on Instagram @thelizcrowder.

Rebecca Gransden lives on an island. She is published at Tangerine Press, Burning House Press, Muskeg, Ligeia, and Silent Auctions, among others. Her books are anemogram., Rusticles, and Sea of Glass.

Tex Gresham is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist, and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. His books include Sunflower, Heck Texas, and This Is Strange June. His debut feature, MUSTARD (which he wrote, directed, edited and acted in), is available to stream for free on Vimeo. He’s online at www.squeakypig.com and on Twitter as @thatsqueakypig.

Joshua Hebburn is a fiction writer who lives in Los Angeles. His fiction has appeared in New World Writing, here, and elsewhere. 

Maya Holt lives and writes in London. You can find her irl by chance, or online @mayaculpas. 

Kira K. Homsher is a writer from Philadelphia, currently living in Los Angeles. She is the winner of phoebe’s 2020 nonfiction contest and is a Pushcart nominee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Indiana Review, Passages North, Longreads, The Offing, and others. Find her at kirahomsher.com

Claire Hopple is the author of five books. Her fiction has appeared in Wigleaf, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Peach Mag, Forever Mag, and others. She grew up in the woods of Western PA and currently lives in Asheville, NC. More at clairehopple.com

Conor Hultman lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

Graham Irvin is from North Carolina. He has writing in BULL: Men’s fiction, Back Patio Press, Punk Lit Press, and The Nervous Breakdown. He wants to cook liver mush for the whole world.

CK Kane is an American writer living in London. She wrote and directed the feature film Behind Some Dark Cloud and is working on her first novel.

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Jillian Luft is a Florida native currently residing in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Hobart, Expat Press, Booth, The Forge Literary Magazine, and other publications. Find her on Twitter @JillianLuft.

Nico Montoya lives in Minneapolis with 1 spouse, 2 kids, and 3 cats. Besides here at X-R-A-Y, you can find his fiction at Pithead Chapel, Pembroke Magazine, and Apple Valley Review.

Emily Myles is a fiction writer from Los Angeles. Their work has been featured in Split Lip, Fatal Flaw, Peatsmoke and elsewhere. They live in Portland, OR and are at work on a collection of short fiction.

Crow Jonah Norlander lives in Maine with his family of humans and hounds. He is the co-editor of HAD

Luz Rosales is a fiction writer from Los Angeles. Their work has appeared in Strange Horizons, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, Black Telephone Magazine, and elsewhere. They are an editor for Lupercalia Press and Ginger Bug Press and a reader for Farside Review and The Gamut Mag. They can be found on Twitter @TERRORCORES. 

M.C. Smith is a writer from Mississippi. She attended the University of Wyoming for an MFA, then came crawling back down South with her three-legged cat, Barry Hannah. Her work has appeared in The Bitter Southerner, Autofocus, Wig-Wag, and Hobart After Dark (HAD). You can find her on Twitter @mistressofcrass, where she waxes and wanes about film, dive bars, and all the weird things men have said to her in bed. 

Jo Varnish is raising her three kids and four rescue dogs outside of NYC. A freelance writer and literary writer, Jo is in the final stages of her MFA. 

Evan Williams is a poet and essayist from the cornfields of the Midwest. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Pleiades, and Joyland, among others. They are the author of CLAUSTROPHOBIA, SURPRISE! (HAD Chaps, 2022), and can be found on Twitter @evansquilliams

Holden Wright is a queer writer and teacher whose words have appeared in Ninth Letter, Salt Hill Journal, Barren Magazine, and elsewhere. He has previously read for Mid-American Review and JuxtaProse.

“X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine is my favorite new journal. Whenever I feel the fatigue of fiction, all I have to do is go there and read one of the brilliant, idiosyncratic stories curated by the awesome editors and writers Jennifer Greidus and Chris Dankland. Each story they publish gives me a pleasurable jolt of electricity, the linguistic equivalent of touching someone’s hand and getting a static electric shock, or a story that generates a more intense charge, in the sense of being struck by lightning.”

-Alistair McCartney, author of The Disintegrations

“X-R-A-Y is legit lit. Best writers around publishing favorites of mine along with surprisingly good newcomers. Everything I’ve read there has been great. Jennifer and Chris are the most provocative and exciting editors you’re likely to come across.”

-Troy James Weaver, author of Temporal

“A clouded X-R-A-Y Magazine is your moon tonight. I stand at a corner of the internet and stare up, astonished by its own secret light.”

-Eîlot Tuerie, publisher at Wasted Books

“X-R-A-Y is doing a phenomenal job at curating stories that are excellent and weird. The writing is strong, the aesthetic is unconventional, and Chris and Jen celebrate their writers well. Honestly though, all I care about is whether the writing moves me, and X-R-A-Y stories have been doing it for me on a freakishly consistent basis.”

-Stephen Mortland, a super X-R-A-Y contributor

“Words can be like X-R-A-Ys if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

-Aldous Huxley, our biggest fan