Gateway Literary Press publishes collections of short fiction exclusively, primarily those with a magic realist bent.  Because we are a small operation, we only publish between two and three books per year, so we are highly selective.

Our press is primarily interested in surrealist, fabulist, and magic realist stories.  This does not typically include hard science fiction, high fantasy, or post-apocalypse and dystopian fiction, but collections of primarily surrealist stories with one or two of those sorts of stories are okay.  Though we are highly interested in work centered on LGBTQ+ characters or written by members of that community, we are happy to read work by and about people from all walks of life.  Due to budgetary constraints, we can only consider work from writers living in the US.

How to Submit

To submit, please submit a sample of two stories, along with a cover letter that details the project and identifies the length of the full collection (ideal length is somewhere between 30-80k words, but we are flexible on both ends) and where any individual stories have been previously published.  Please do not include your name or contact information in the actual sample, as these will be read blind.

We are interested in publishing collections where some, though not all, of the work has appeared previously in venues.  We will ask for full manuscripts from prospective authors’ whose work interests us; please do not submit entire collections initially.  These will be returned unread.  We do not currently accept submissions by mail or email.

When to Submit

We are open for submissions from November 1-30, and will typically respond to samples by early January and full manuscripts by mid-March.  We pay a modest advance plus royalties and author copies.

Please note: our Submittable account only allows us to receive a certain number of submission each year; if there are no categories open by which to submit, that means we have reached our quota and are closed at this time.

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4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
HUM 203T
Cottleville, MO 63376
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