The Griffin Literary Journal

Calling all writers, poets and artists! The Griffin is looking for you!

The Griffin is GMercyU's literary journal for the creative writer who subscribes to the belief that improving the human condition requires dedication to and respect for the individual and community. We seek works which explore universal qualities - truth, justice, integrity, compassion and mercy. 

We seek writing that embodies or reflects the human condition with all its intellectual, emotional, and ethical challenges. Like the mythical griffin, a constructed creature of fearless strength and courage, we prefer formed works rather than experimental ones.

We want to enrich society by nurturing and promoting creative writing that demonstrates your unique and intelligent voice.

Download a copy of The Griffin (PDF). 

If you are interested in submitting your literary works for consideration in The Griffin, here are the guidelines:

Fiction: Short stories up to 2500 words.  We also accept short-shorts and novel excerpts if the work can stand alone. All genres considered.

Essays: Personal essays up to 2500 words on any theme, as long as the theme reflects universal experience

Poetry: Any style of well-crafted verse up to 30 lines.

How to submit your work

  1. All submissions should be previously unpublished and typed. 
  2. Submit via email to or on disk with a hard copy. 
  3. Please identify simultaneous submissions.
  4. For hard copy only, include self-addressed, stamped envelope for returns or replies.
  5. Include a short bio on the author

Send disk and hard copy to:

The Griffin
c/o Dr. Donna M. Allego
Gwynedd Mercy University
1325 Sumneytown Pike
P.O. Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-9923