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XR-A-Y Literary Magazine’s vision is to publish uncomfortable, entertaining, unforgettable prose that shines brighter than the skeleton in your body, prose that sees through the skin and reveals something deeper.

We are wrecked a lot. We sometimes spell things wrong. Jennifer is dyslexic. But none of it matters when we read. We like what you send, and we care about your work. We are kind people over here at XR-A-Y Literary Magazine. We may, however, misspell your name. Or the title of your piece. Advanced apologies. We hope it doesn’t matter to you as much as reading and writing kick-ass stories.

We work hard to give our readers the best authors on the planet and do our best to release a story a day. Follow us here and @xraylitmag to read a new piece daily.

Chris Dankland, Editor
Jennifer Greidus, Editor


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“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-ray 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-rays if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

-Aldous Huxley, our biggest fan