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The Gateway Review

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The Gateway Review publishes surrealist, fabulist, and magic realist fiction and poetry, as well as nonfiction about the art of writing the same.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    3-4 months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:


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  • 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

    From the editors

    yes, inside US

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    From the editors


    What's that?

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

Fiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Magical Realism

Payment: $ per piece

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Payment: $ per piece


Max lines: 40

Max pieces: 1

Payment: $ per piece

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    We are particularly interested in work by LGBTQ+ writers, Black writers, other writers of color, and any writer from a historically marginalized, minoritized group.

  • Formatting

    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 will be rejected immediately.

  • Author's rights

    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. While not required, we’d love to know about reprints of your work, and will happily advertise them on our blog if you let us know–this goes for reprints in journals as well as (and especially in the case of) publications of collections of work where your stories published first with us will appear. Please keep in touch!

  • Additional info

    We are particularly interested in work by LGBTQ+ writers, Black writers, other writers of color, and any writer from a historically marginalized, minoritized group. Expedited Submissions: For a $3.00 fee, writers can submit any of the materials outlined in the Regular Submissions category and receive a response in thirty days or less. We usually respond to these submissions in November or December, after the close of our reading period. Work that is not double-spaced will be rejected immediately. 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. Payment. At this time, we will offer one writer per issue an “Editor’s Choice” award of $15 (USD). Copies. Contributors from the United States will receive one contributor copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

96 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

67 days

Fastest response time

952 days

Slowest response time

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12-month average acceptance rate

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Founded in 2015, The Gateway Review: a Journal of Magical Realism began as an independent biannual print literary journal featuring the best contemporary magical realism, surrealism, and new fabulism written by new and emerging, along with established and seasoned, writers. Starting in the summer o...

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