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BIG FICTION publishes long-form fiction and creative nonfiction with substance, texture, and urgency. We love to read prose crafted in language that echoes off the page. We welcome the experimental and traditional, and we want stuff that's stylistically, narratively, and emotionally intelligent.

Our open reading period for the spring 2019 double-issue runs from September 15th, 2018 to December 15th, 2018.


FICTION

We consider long-form literary fiction: novelettes of 7,500 – 20,000 words. For slightly longer works, please query us first. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. No children’s fiction.


GUIDELINES

We accept online submissions via Submittable (here you are!). Fill out the short form—including title, a brief cover letter, and your e-mail—and upload your work below.

Please submit only one piece per form, and only one piece per reading period. We try to respond between 3-6 months. If you have not heard back from us after six months, feel free to query us at info@bigfictionmagazine.com.
 

PAYMENT

Big Fiction pays a flat rate of $50 and two author copies for each published piece.
 

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BIG FICTION publishes long-form fiction and creative nonfiction with substance, texture, and urgency. We love to read prose crafted in language that echoes off the page. We welcome the experimental and traditional, and we want stuff that's stylistically, narratively, and emotionally intelligent.

Our open reading period for the spring 2019 double-issue runs from September 15th, 2018 to December 15th, 2018.


ESSAYS

The numerical stat: we accept essays up to 5,000 words.

Our essays explore some tough questions about American life. Our essays begin with the idea of America as a "big fiction," as a place that we create through the lies we tell about ourselves. We take our lead from Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities (if you haven't read this book, you should), that a "nation" is an invention, something that springs to life from the stories that disrupt otherwise disparate lives with the novel idea that somehow they're not so different or isolated after all. The nation-building project is a process of fabrication: a bunch of communities who see themselves as discrete entities; and yet through, narratives of intent and persuasion, the proposition emerges that they are (that they can be) something bigger. By default, however, because the nation doesn't exist until we call it into existence, it begins (and even continues to breathe) through the fictions (the lies) that sustain it.

We want essays that look into all those American lies we live. That helmets protect a football player's brain. That American cities are economically prosperous for everyone. That the world is comprised of just isolated incidents. Whether or not we consciously believe in the lies we tell ourselves, these things exist, as coping mechanisms or cultural safety valves, because we need them to. We've already created them, and so let's name them outright, rename them, embark on a treacherous, even surprising journey of articulating them into clarity. These collective fictions amount to a nation (an anthology) of interesting (necessary?) lies. Let's explore or challenge the idea that we're a collection of the fictions we tell ourselves.

Take this general summary and run with it. No style is out of bounds. We want work that mines who we are by exploring who you are. Depth is everything. Lose yourself in craft and find yourself and the places and peoples around you redeemed with story, with your experimentations in truth, with what it means to essay yourself and your community into existence.


GUIDELINES

We accept online submissions via Submittable (here you are!). Fill out the short form—including title, a brief cover letter, and your e-mail—and upload your work below.

Please submit only one piece per form, and only one piece per reading period. We try to respond between 3-6 months. If you have not heard back from us after six months, feel free to query us at info@bigfictionmagazine.com.

 

PAYMENT

Big Fiction pays a flat rate of $50 and two author copies for each published piece.

 

BIG FICTION publishes long-form fiction and creative nonfiction with substance, texture, and urgency. We love to read prose crafted in language that echoes off the page. We welcome the experimental and traditional, and we want stuff that's stylistically, narratively, and emotionally intelligent.

Our open reading period for the spring 2019 double-issue runs from September 15th, 2018 to December 15th, 2018.


NOVELLA REVIEWS

We welcome reviews of novellas that you've read and loved, that you've read and engaged with on a material or stylistic level, that you've read and wrestled with on a narrative or character level. We ask that as you explore the content, you investigate the mode. What makes it work as a novella? What makes the work function differently than had it been a novel? The goal is to collectively to create an in-progress definition as we compile book reviews across months and years. We publish a new book review every month, unless you flooded us with great reviews and challenge us to keep up with you. Challenge us as often as you'd like.


GUIDELINES

We accept online submissions via Submittable (here you are!). Fill out the short form—including title, a brief cover letter, and your e-mail—and upload your work below.

Please submit only one piece per form, and only one piece per reading period. We try to respond between 3-6 months. If you have not heard back from us after six months, feel free to query us at info@bigfictionmagazine.com.


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