Established 1985. Seeking submissions for Volume 34, Spring 2021.

The Beloit Fiction Journal publishes the best in contemporary short fiction. Traditional and experimental narratives find a home in our pages. We publish new writers alongside established writers. Our fiction-only format allows us to consider very long as well as very short stories. We occasionally publish excerpts.

Work first appearing in BFJ has been reprinted in award-winning collections, including the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, the Flannery O’Connor and the Milkweed Fiction Prize collections and has received the Iowa Short Fiction award. BFJ has published work by A. Manette Ansay, Rick Bass, Mark Brazaitis, Lan Samantha Chang, Gary Fincke, Robin Hemley, Karl Iagnemma, Dennis Lehane, Cris Mazza, John McNally, Maura Stanton, Ron Wallace, Gordon Weaver and Mark Wisniewski.

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Our reading period is from August 1st through November 16th only. We are open to  literary fiction on any subject or theme, including experimental forms. Stories may be from one to  fifty pages in length, though longer pieces will have a more difficult  time finding acceptance than shorter ones. We are always interested in  new writers as well as established writers. Simultaneous submissions are  acceptable. 

$2,000 and publication will be awarded to the top unpublished story on any theme.

One story per entry/multiple entries OK. Maximum 7,000 words. All entrants will be considered for publication, and will also received a copy of the Beloit Fiction Journal, Vol. 34, 2021

The award may be split at the judge’s discretion. Deadline Nov. 16th, 2020.  Winner will be announced in March, 2021.

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