Scrutiny is predominately a journal of magical realism, but we define the genre pretty loosely. So, we’re open to literary science fiction, fantasy, and any other story that might fit nicely on the site. The quote below might 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

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Our submission form is at the bottom of the page, but please keep our requirements in mind:

  • Stories should be between 500 and 3500 words
  • Response time is typically no more than 3 months
  • We do not accept multiple submissions

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but contact us promptly if your piece is published elsewhere. You can also reach out to us if you haven’t had a response at the end of 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 the generated revenue. We invite you to let people know that your story has been published in Scrutiny. Encourage them to donate to 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.