Magical Realism

Scrutiny is a hub for magical realism writers and readers. However, we are endeavoring to cultivate a style of magical realism that is wholly North American. While we appreciate and admire the works of South American writers like Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende, we want to bring the magical realism genre a little further north.

We acknowledge the skepticism and cynicism that pervades American culture, thus we hope to find readers who can enjoy magic for what it is. The reader doesn’t need a wholehearted belief in the supernatural to accept magical realism’s fantastic elements. Scrutiny‘s editors will settle for the simple suspension of disbelief if that’s what keeps you reading.

There are style and thematic variations in magical realism by region. Thus, we hope to explore and promote burgeoning versions of the genre wherever they originate. As evidence of current distinctions, we would point to Haruki Murakami, who has written magical realism works in Japan; Eka Kurniawan in Indonesia; and the Israeli writer Etgar Keret, whose works are always more fantastic than banal.

No matter who you consider to be a magical realism writer, Scrutiny is searching for them in North America while simultaneously publishing works from all over the world. Join us on Twitter or sign up for our mailer in the adjacent sidebar. We’re building a community of like-minded writers.

Justin Meckes & Sam Oches