Gambling the Aisle is a biannual (summer and winter) of fiction, poetry and artwork made available on the web and in PDF.
Editors Patrick Kelling (Fiction), Adam Van Alstyne (Poetry), John Cross (Visual Art) share that they started Gambling the Aisle "because we wanted to provide a space in which writers and artists could express non-cannological work. We believe the terms of art should be dictated by expression of the real, rather than the pursuit of a paycheck. We abhor the factory-produced kitsch designed to empty wallets and suffocate the rebel soul. Instead, we delight in creativity that comes on like a panic attack and illuminates an ill-defined recess."
Based on this premise, Kelling says that readers will find "some of the visual and language-based work we publish works to exist outside of the traditional literary cannon. Some excels within the this cannon. Hopefully the reader will find it all to be visceral." The publication also features a visual artist each issue by including both an interview and collection of their work.
Editors of Gambling the Aisle buck genre confinement by identifying contributions only as "Word" or "Image." Thus, the inaugural issue features Words by Michael Rosenbaum, A. Kilgore, Alla Vilnyanskaya, Matthew Overstreet, Andrew West, Roy Buck, Judith Roney, Cherie Greene, Gina Wohlsdorf, Aimee Campbell, Katherine Brennan, Dorisa Costello, Heather Elliott, Jessica Hagemann, Jordan Antonucci, Kat Stromquist, Kristina Morgan, María Elvira Vera Tatá, Rachel Baird, Sam Alper, Tasha Golden, and Sarah Schwartz, and Images by Allison Danbom, Ilse Dwyer-de Boer, David Maroney, and Dana Kroos.
In discussing the future of the publication, Kelling says, "We would like to increase the number of issues we publish per year. Also, we're working towards publishing a print issue."
Gambling the Aisle currently accepts fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, and visual art on a rolling basis via Submittable.