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Big Fiction celebrates the soul of the long story: generous, transportive, and a little wild. We're an independent journal publishing ambitious and delicious fiction twice a year, in hand-designed letterpress issues. 

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Author News: Mylène Dressler's Pushcart-nominated novella, The Wedding of Anna F. (issue 3), is available now as an e-book from Untreed Reads. Mylène Dressler is a novelist whose work has been praised by the New York Times as “splendid” and by the Christian Science Monitor as “haunting” and “perfect.” A former professional ballet dancer who wrote her first book while a doctoral student at Rice University, she is the author of The Medusa Tree, The Deadwood Beetle, and The Floodmakers. She has held numerous writing residencies, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Paisano Fellowship and the Carson McCullers Fellowship, and is the current Visiting Writer at Guilford College. She lives and writes in North Carolina and in the canyon country of southern Utah. Congratulations, Mylène!


You can order The Wedding of Anna F. e-book here.



Announcing the winners of the 2014 Knickerbocker Prize

First Place: Alan Sincic, "The Babe"

Second Place: Margaret Luongo, "Three Portraits of Elaine Shapiro"


From judge David James Poissant:

Alan Sincic's incantatory "The Babe" is voice-driven and manic and funny and dark and loud. It's fantastical. And, despite its length, the novella spans mere hours. Margaret Luongo's mesmerizing "Three Portraits of Elaine Shapiro" is episodic and searching and moving and melancholy and quiet. It's realist, and the story spans years. These novellas couldn't be more different, but both house everything I love in good fiction: well-drawn characters, an attention to line and voice, and the electric feeling you get when you recognize that the author's every word has been tortured over.

I'm so proud to be able to present these stories to you, and I'm thrilled to have played a small role in Big Fiction's admirable and necessary mission to give a great home to long-form fiction. Enjoy!


In his fiction, Alan Sincic roams the borderland between children and adults, poetry and prose, the page and the stage.

His children’s chapter book, Edward Is Only A Fish (Henry Holt), was reviewed in the NYTimes Book Review and elsewhere; in 2000 ArsEdition Munchen produced a German edition with color illustrations.

In 2001 he left Manhattan to teach at OCSA and Valencia College, where he continues to write, produce, and perform, most recently at The Orlando International Fringe Festival.




Margaret Luongo's stories have appeared in Tin House, The Cincinnati Review, FENCE, Memorious, Consequence Magazine, Fiction Southeast, the Pushcart Prize anthology and elsewhere. In 2008, LSU Press published her first story collection, If the Heart is Lean. She lives in Southwest Ohio with her husband and two cats, and she teaches creative writing at Miami University.




Issue 6, The 2014 Knickerbocker Prize, is forthcoming in July 2014.




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Our Winter/Spring 2014 issue, "Life and Death" is available now. Alex Taylor, Jen Hinst-White, and Benjamin Reed star. Cover art by Sarah Rosenblatt. Letterpress printing by Bremelo Press.







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