A photograph. A cabinet of drawers. A crystallized sponge. A spider web of synaptic electricity.
How do we remember? What do we remember? How does it change us? How does it make us who we are? Is memory a reality or only a poor reflection of one? Is it generated individually or inherited culturally? For our seventeenth issue, F(r)iction is seeking creative work inspired by the theme of memory. We want your hastily stowed love notes, your grandmother's Texas sheet cake recipe, your alien abductions, your psychedelic early mornings. Whatever you have related to memory, polish it up and send it our way!
We accept work, written in English, from anywhere in the world—regardless of genre, style, or origin—and welcome genre writing and experimental literature. We want work that actively pushes boundaries, that forces us to question traditions and tastes. If your work takes risks, we want to read it. We strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction before submitting to get an idea of our general publishing aesthetic.
For this themed submission call, we are accepting:
- Short story or creative nonfiction submissions up to 7,500 words
- Flash fiction (up to three pieces in the same document) up to 1,000 words per piece
- Poetry (up to five poems in the same document) up the three pages per poem
Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.
We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from the submitted manuscript itself. Writers over the age of thirteen are welcome to submit, but please note that if you are younger than eighteen and your work is selected for publication, we will require a signature from a parent or a guardian.
We accept simultaneous submissions with the stipulation that you withdraw upon acceptance elsewhere. Though you may submit multiple manuscripts for consideration at once, please do so separately. All submissions will be considered for publication.
There is a small reading fee for general F(r)iction submissions ($2.50), but authors accepted will be awarded payment for their work. F(r)iction pays contributors $10 per final printed page, plus a free contributor's copy.
We try very hard to respond to all submissions within two months.