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The first reading period in BIG FICTION's re-launch will open January 1st, 2019. The submission period will close March 31st, 2019.


The novelette and novella form carries a bunch of meanings and suggestions. They act like novels but are crafted with the concision and containment of a short story. This in-between space creates opportunities to explore linear and non-linear narratives, alike, as well as experimental approaches to perspective, structure, and language.

We can list so many fascinating takes on what the form ambitions to be, but we particularly enjoy Lindsay Drager's in the Michigan Quarterly that the form is "a book-length work that uses conciseness and unity to create a narrative of suggestion that feels at once compressed and expanded." You can also consider Ian McEwan's take (which Drager quotes in her epigraph) and also Meg Pokrass's take on how to discover alternate forms within the form.



As part of our 2.0 re-launch, BIG FICTION will incorporate one long form creative nonfiction piece in each issue centered around the idea of America as a "big fiction". We'll take our lead from the argument that Benedict Anderson proposes in Imagined Communities, the notion that all nations are narratives that must be continuously retold, recrafted, the project of nation-building itself a process of fabrication: a uniting of disparate communities that otherwise have no glue to hold them together beyond the stories they tell about themselves, the tales that find security in each other, the narratives that bind them together, that keep them from just walking away.

In that vein, every long form creative nonfiction piece will explore how we craft that American identity, who gets to craft it, how we rebel or upend or remake it, how and who we include or exclude, the revolutions necessary just to sustain this otherwise incredible fiction about who we are.



Submit your manuscript of 15,000 – 40,000 words (and submission fee). All submissions must be self-contained works of fiction (no excerpts, please).

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Only previously unpublished work can be considered. We will accept fiction of any genre (except children’s), as long as it has clear literary intent. Translations are welcome. International submissions in English are also welcome.

Submit online through our Submittable link only. Emailed submissions will not be considered.

No refunds will be given for any materials submitted.

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