a weekly of fantastical poetry

We are looking for fantastical poetry of literary and emotional depth from a diversity of voices and perspectives. Our definition of fantastical is quite fluid, encompassing fantasy, magic realism, myth, folklore, surrealism and slipstream. We desire poetry that is atypically beautiful, unconventionally imaginative and boundary-crossing. We are not interested in poetry that is quite obviously science fiction or mainstream, but work that blurs the lines between such genres and the fantastical is welcome.

We place no limitations on what we will consider in regards to form or style. Try us with anything from prose and hypertext poetry to sonnets and villanelles. We wish to see everything: divergent, traditional, curious and otherwise.

As we are a publication that seeks to diversify what the fantastical offers, we delight in receiving work from underrepresented perspectives, including feminist, queer, asexual, non-binary, trans*, neurodiverse, disabled and multicultural voices.

Through the Gate is currently on hiatus.


Our editorial email address is poetry at throughthegate dot net.

You may submit up to THREE (3) poems per submission.

Please use 'SUBMISSION: Author's Name' as the subject line of your submission. If you do not follow this simple request, your submission will NOT be read.

Please paste all poetry in the body of the email in plain text, indicating italics with _underscores_ and boldface with *asterisks*. If your work has special formatting, you may attach it as a Word or RTF file.

We enjoy a hello, but cover letters are unnecessary.

We do NOT accept simultaneous submissions or unsolicited reprints.

We will endeavor to respond to your submission within ninety days. If you have not heard from us after ninety days have passed, please send us a query with 'QUERY: Author's Name' in the subject line.

PAYMENT AND RIGHTS: Payment is $10 (USD) per unpublished poem by PayPal or mail. We purchase first North American serial rights and first World electronic rights, as well as promotional, non-exclusive anthology and non-exclusive archival rights.

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