The Gateway Review: A Journal of Magical Realism is currently CLOSED for submissions. We will reopen on September 15 for regular submissions, and August 15 for flash fiction contest submissions (see below).
The Gateway Review is published twice each year and we operate on three submission cycles:
Fabulist and Fantastic Flash Fiction Contest: Entries are open from August 15–November 15, with publication of winning entries in the Winter Issue in January.
Winter Issue: Submissions accepted September 15—November 15, with publication in early January.
Summer Issue: Submissions accepted January 15—March 15, with publication in early June.
We accept submissions through our Submittable site only; we do not accept email submissions, and any such submissions will be deleted unread. We only accept fiction and art, so please do not send poetry or nonfiction—these, too, will receive no reply. You can reach our Submittable site here: https://thegatewayreview.submittable.com/submit.
Submissions may be made in two categories: traditional and expedited response. Traditional submissions are free of charge, and will receive a response a few weeks after our closing date for submissions. For a $3 fee, expedited submissions will receive a response in no more than one month from submission date.
We seek works that fit in some way within the magical realist, fabulist, or surrealist tradition—think writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude), Jorge Luis Borges (“The Library of Babel,” “The Aleph,” etc.), Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits), and contemporary writers such as Jeanette Winterson, Kate Bernheimer, and Alissa Nutting. Although we have no specific aesthetic sensibilities that guide our selection process, the most successful stories will blend the magical and the real in some way to lead to some truth about the human condition, all while being attentive to the possibilities of the English language. Generally, we prefer stories with a clear, vivid sense of narrative. If torn between a clear story and flowery verbiage, go with the former.
Please only submit one short story of no more than 4,000 words. We do not accept flash fiction submissions at any time except during our Fabulist and Fantastic Flash Fiction Contest. Please do not submit more than once per reading period. Works longer than 4,000 words will be rejected immediately (seriously–if your story is 4,001 words long, find a word to cut), and you will be asked to include an exact word count in your submission.
As far as formatting goes, please follow industry standards: contact information on the first page along with word count, with your last name and page numbers on subsequent pages. No frills please—fancy borders and colored and non-traditional fonts will do nothing but draw negative attention to your work; 12-point Times New Roman is always a good way to go. Work that is not double-spaced won’t be rejected immediately, but we will probably be glaring at it as we read it.
Please include a brief cover letter on the Submittable site, but do not do so in your actual manuscript. We are fans of actual letters, not just copied-and-pasted bios.
We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your work through Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere (and please note that you are submitting simultaneously in your cover letter). There is no worse feeling that accepting a piece only to have it withdrawn after we have done so. While withdrawing a piece before we’ve responded will yield our congratulations, finding out after we’ve tried to accept work will result in angry fist-shaking (and we will also be rather unlikely to accept your work in the future).
We do not accept previously published work (including your personal blog). We ask for First North American Serial rights, and all copyright remains with the author; we simply ask that, should your work be published again elsewhere that The Gateway Review be acknowledged as the original publisher.
Currently, we wish to feature writers new to our journal, so if your work has been published with us in the past, please refrain from the time being from submitting to us. This does not include writers whose work we have unfortunately had to pass on.
Contributors will receive one contributor copy of the issue in which their work appears. At this time, we will also offer one writer per issue an “Editor’s Choice” award of $15 (USD).
We received a number of lovely art submissions this reading period and are now full up on art for the next several issues. Please check back for updates on openings in this category.