Established 1985. Seeking submissions for Volume 35, Spring 2022.
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.
Our reading period is from August 1st through November 19th 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.