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Scrutiny is on hiatus while the editor completes a work for hire project. The goal is to begin publishing again sometime after the new year.

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The quote below may help you decide whether or not your story is a good fit for Scrutiny:

“When people use the term magic realism, usually they only mean ‘magic’ and they don’t hear ‘realism’, whereas the way in which magic realism actually works is for the magic to be rooted in the real. It’s both things. It’s not just a fairytale moment. It’s the surrealism that arises out of the real.”

― Salman Rushdie


If you appreciate the magical realism of writers such as Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, and Jorge Luis Borges, please consider supporting organizations that protect Latin Americans such as MALDEF or the ACLU.


The submission form is at the bottom of the page, but please keep these requirements* in mind:

  • Stories should be between 500 and 3000 words
  • Please follow standard guidelines for your cover letter
    • The journal address may be omitted

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but contact us promptly if your piece is published elsewhere. Response time is typically no more than three months.

In regards to payment, the journal will pay a royalty for each piece published. After the first $5.00, Scrutiny pays its writers 50% of all generated revenue. We invite you to let people know that your story has been published in Scrutiny. Encourage them to donate to the journal and your work.

Also note, stories will be posted from six months to one year, in which time Scrutiny reserves First North American Serial Rights.

Please proceed to our submission form.

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*Submissions that do not adhere to Scrutiny‘s requirements may be disregarded.