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The Downtime Review

Literary Magazine



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A newsletter-based lit mag dedicated to platforming the creative work of folks with a day-job, committed to offering free feedback and support to anyone who submits work to us.


  • Vibe:We're just chilling here
  • Response time:
    1-2 weeks*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:



  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

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

  • Accepts previously published

    From the editors

    The Downtime Review primarily looks for previously unpublished work. We do, however, accept work that has been published on personal blogs/newsletters, or work that has been published and changed drastically. Please note if this is the case in your submission email.

    What's that?

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

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net

  • 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 (Short Fiction)

Max words: 300

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 2

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary

Fiction - 300 words max

Max words: 50

Max words: 300

Max pieces: 2

Sub Genres: Literary

We do ask that your Flash-Fiction submission be written as some kind of a response to the contest's prompt. Of course, the prompt is not something to be followed or adhered to, only a spark for inspiration, an interesting path to wander down, or a strange doorway to pass through... The prompt: Write about the boundary between the mundane and the mystic. Is it a gateway or a filter? In what direction might we travel across it and why?

Nonfiction - 2000 words max

Max words: 500

Max words: 2000

Max pieces: 2

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    In your submission email, you don’t have to include a cover letter for the piece itself, but we do request a brief, third-person author bio, as this will be included with the piece if we publish it.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    .pdf or .doc format. Submissions should have standard formatting i.e. double-spaced, TNR or otherwise easily legible font, your name somewhere on each page, etc.

  • Author's rights

    If your work is accepted and published with us, Downtime takes one-time, non-exclusive electronic rights and reprint and archival rights. We also reserve the right to make copy-edits to any accepted work before publishing it. Any edits to your work after its acceptance will be communicated to you and we will keep the process open and transparent. If you’re interested in having readings of your work featured on our site and social media, we also ask for audio and performance rights. All authors who elect to have their work presented in this way will have the opportunity to submit a personal reading.

  • Additional info

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

22 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

16 days

Fastest response time

93 days

Slowest response time

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Submission calls

    All genres

    Always open


The Downtime Review collects our favorite flash and short fiction pieces from emerging authors while providing free feedback to everyone who submits. We’re not looking for a specific genre. Our aim is to spotlight the work of authors writing outside of typical creative spaces i.e. schools and resi...

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    Jack O'Grady


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