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BIG FICTION was created with the goal of providing a beautiful home for long fiction that otherwise would not find a place in traditional literary magazines. We are a journal for the novellete, for the novella—stories to curl up with for an afternoon (or pack along on your next journey), housed proudly online and in limited edition, commemorative issues made the old-fashioned way: using foundry type set by hand and printed on a vintage press.


The long story is pure magic: It meanders. It accumulates. It hangs out and makes a (good) mess. It can encompass entire lifetimes—marriages, deaths, betrayals, redemption—in its sweep. The familiar short story and novel are much loved, but we want to turn you on to everything in between: “big” fiction with big ideas, drama, character, and vision. Great entertainment in just the right generous dose.


We value the journey of the digital mode, one that can use the visual to collaborate with the textual. And we also treasure the printed word. When we design an issue, we grab handfuls of type from antique drawers that hold the letters, quite literally, like little pieces of history. We spread them out on a table, move them around, and bring them into the present.


Who We Are


Juan Carlos Reyes is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Seattle University. He is a 2018 Jack Straw Writers Fellow and holds an MFA from The University of Alabama. He’s published A Summer’s Lynching (winner of the Quarterly West 2016 Novella Prize) and Elements of a Bystander (winner of the Arcadia Press Fiction Chapbook Prize). His stories, poems and essays have appeared in Ascentos Review, KGB Lit, and Hawai’i Review, among others. You can find him at


Fiction Editors

 Michelle Meyers' writing has been published by Juked, decomP, The Adroit Journal, Split Lip Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. In addition, she has received awards and honors from Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and Wigleaf. Meyers was a 2015 PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellow in Fiction and is a graduate of the University of Alabama’s Creative Writing program. Her debut novel, Glass Shatters, was published in April 2016 by She Writes Press and selected as an Editor’s Pick in Literary Fiction by Foreword Reviews and a Finalist in Literary Fiction by the USA Best Book Awards. She currently resides in her hometown of Los Angeles, CA and is working on a collection of short stories and a second novel.


Theodora Bishop's poetry and short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, and Short Fiction (England), among other journals, anthologies, and exhibits. A Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee, Bishop is the author of the novella, On the Rocks (Texas Review Press), and the short story chapbook, Mother Tongues, winner of The Cupboard’s 2015 contest. Theodora Bishop holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston. She also serves as the Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast.



A. Rafael Johnson holds an MFA from The University of Alabama Creative Writing program and has previously served as a ficiton editor for Black Warrior Review and Fairy Tale Review. He has taught in post-conflict Liberia as part of USAID-funded reconstruction efforts; and old notes from his life there eventually became the voices of Ben, Adrian, Free Cookie, and other characters in his novel The Through (Jaded Ibis Press, 2017). He was named a Kimbilio Fellow in African American Fiction in 2014, and he currently teaches at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He lives in the Twin Cities where he co-owns the consulting firm TerraLuna Collaborative.


Creative Nonfiction Editors



Founding Editor

Heather Jacobs’ work has appeared in Sin City Poetry Review, The Lumberyard, and Fugue. She formerly served as an editorial consultant at Sarabande Books and apprenticed with Larkspur Press, both in Kentucky. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and son. She is the founding editor of BIG FICTION and steered this beautiful ship from its inception until 2018. Read her Founder's Statement.







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