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Cafe Irreal

Literary Magazine




Stories that reject the tendency to portray people and places realistically and the need for a full resolution to the story; instead, it shows us a reality constantly being undermined.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    2 months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:

Pays$0.01 per word

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 2000 words max

Max words: 2000

Sub Genres: Absurdist, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Speculative

Payment: $ 0.01 per word

Regarding submission of more than one story at a time, we will consider up to 2,000 words submitted by a single author at a given time, either one story or a number of short shorts.


Max words: 2000

Payment: $ 0.01 per word

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Include your name, address, e-mail address, and a short bio in the text of the submission; please put the word "submission" in the subject heading of the e-mail to ensure that your submission doesn't get lost among all the spam.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We cannot, due to the various computer viruses and worms, accept attachments anymore, so please paste your story into the body of the e-mail.

  • Author's rights

    We pay an honorarium of one cent U.S. per word ($2 minimum) to buy first-time internet rights (the story will then be archived).

  • Additional info

    Pays! 1 cent/word, $2 min Sometimes accept previously published: "only interested in reprints in unusual cases (e.g., the story has appeared in print but not on the internet)" Promote writers even after publication - hype hype hype No simultaneous submissions

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

64 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

61 days

Fastest response time

68 days

Slowest response time

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Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open



    Deadline: Oct 1, 2023


The Cafe Irreal is a quarterly webzine that presents a kind of fantastic fiction infrequently published in English. This fiction, which we would describe as irreal, resembles the work of writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe, Clarice Lispector and Jorge Luis Borges. As a type of fiction it rejects t...

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