F(r)iction is a love letter to great storytelling. Merging art, prose, poetry, and the coolest new short comics out there, this strange beast of a book seeks to champion new and diverse voices from around the world.
F(r)iction started in 2015 as the passion project of a ragtag group of editors. It has since become one of the fastest growing literary journals in the world.
And now, on our fourth birthday (happy birthday to us!), we’re launching this campaign to help fund the next year of F(r)iction.
At F(r)iction, we embrace the new, the weird, and the unconventional.
We believe that great publishing should push the boundaries of literary convention and advocate for emerging voices. Whether it’s traditional literary fiction or genre-bending sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, we look for stories, poetry, and nonfiction that move us to think in new ways and challenge our assumptions about the world.
From Jeff VanderMeer to Lydia Davis, and Kwame Dawes to Alasdair Gray, some of the biggest names in the industry have graced our pages. Their work is not only bold and unusual, it also shines a light on the new voices published in each issue.
Focus on Emerging Voices
F(r)iction isn’t just about celebrity talent. It’s also about creating a home for diverse and underserved voices from around the globe. We seek out all genres and forms and even publish 30% of our content from the "slush pile" (unsolicited work from new and unrepresented voices)!
Each issue contains a feature spotlighting work from one of our amazing community partners, organizations that use literature to reshape lives.
In just four years, we’ve published the oral stories of illiterate Afghani women mentored through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, poems by incarcerated men written through PEN America’s prison writing program, stories of brutal honesty by U.S. veterans, tales of heartbreak and triumph from the LGBTQ community, and more from other voices that are rarely heard in mainstream literature.
Custom Commissioned Art
We commission original illustrations for every single piece we publish, making our pages as vibrant and beautiful as the stories within. Thanks to our global team of emerging and established artists, we transform each story and poem into a full-blown visual experience.
Original Graphic Stories
In an industry that undervalues the glory of comics, we say nay! Graphic stories can be just as powerful as prose, and we're going to prove it! That’s why we publish an original graphic story in each issue.
This beautiful journal is bursting at the binding with adventurous, boundary-pushing work, but don't take our word for it...
Our upcoming issue is jam-packed with underdog stories that celebrate F(r)iction’s fighting spirit. This is THE COMEBACK ISSUE.
In these pages, you’ll meet a host of underdogs: a village girl who resists a psychotic ruler, two circus “freaks” who form a tender bond, and the last in a line of matriarchal beast-killers on her final hunt.
Graphic Story: "Afterworld," written and illustrated by Sarah Winifred Searle. Chock full of curious imagery, tender dialogue, and brave characters!
Debut Author Feature: An EXCLUSIVE interview with Emily A. Duncan, author of the debut title Wicked Saints. Read an excerpt from the book!
Pioneer Author Feature: A collaboration with Joyce Carol Oates on a feature detailing her career and writing process. Plus an EXCLUSIVE excerpt from her upcoming new novel, My Life as a Rat.
Community Partner Feature: Poetry from Words Without Walls, a creative writing outreach program that serves Allegheny County Jail and Sojourner House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment program for mothers and their children.
Authors: Nick Flynn, Annie Neugebauer, Kim Chinquee, Jason Baltazar, Alli Cruz, Vaughn Gaston, Barbara Grimm, Patricia Horvath, Jason McCormick, Leanne McLaughlin, Alexandra O’Neil, Janette Schafer, Samantha Schmidt, and Holly C. Spencer.
It’s a difficult time to work in publishing. This year alone, we’ve seen literary beacons close their doors and countless publications go under.
And we’re still hearing the same warnings that plagued us when we started: that readership is dwindling, diversity is a cute buzzword, and putting out a journal like F(r)iction isn’t economically viable.
But we’re not going anywhere.
This Kickstarter is about supporting the next year of F(r)iction. With your help, we hope to do more than merely survive. By backing our weird journal, you’ll ensure we can keep fighting the good fight–and you’ll get some awesome Kickstarter rewards out of it!
Publishing is pricey. Really pricey. Not only is it at the core of our mission to pay all of our authors and artists fairly, but we also strive to make the most beautiful book on the shelves. Which is…ludicrously expensive. So expensive, in fact, that we’re launching this campaign to fund the next year of F(r)iction.
Funds raised through this campaign will allow us to:
- Complete production of three issues of F(r)iction: a year’s worth of journals. Funds from this campaign will directly contribute to every aspect of creating this strange beast of a book, from production costs to paying our amazing authors and artists.
- Create a membership platform on F(r)iction’s new website, so that we can keep F(r)iction sustainably and unapologetically weird. We’ll give members access to an interactive archive of F(r)iction and lots more besides!
- Publish fresh daily editorial content for our new F(r)iction blog: F(r)iction Log, a compendium of all things weird. We’ll explore weird lit (sci-fi, fantasy, comics, oh my!).
We’re offering a bunch of campaign-exclusive rewards as a thank you for supporting F(r)iction!:
If we exceed our crowdfunding goal, we'll share more goals with you! This will mean more exclusive swag, more amazing artwork, and more F(r)iction for all! So tell all your friends, family, and sworn enemies about this campaign, and keep an eye out for updates!
F(r)iction’s parent company, Brink Literacy Project, is a literary 501(c)3 nonprofit devoted to using the power of storytelling to positively affect the lives of people on the brink. F(r)iction is the darling of our publishing division. We use this lovely beast of a book to further our mission to discover, nurture, and publish the next generation of great (and diverse!) storytellers.
Risks and challenges
There are always unexpected issues in publishing—seriously, how many times CAN InDesign crash? Are you kidding me? Pirates stole the boat that was shipping our journal? That doesn't even make sense?!
We’ve been at this for years, and we have a great team dedicated to putting out the biggest and most bizarre fires. (That pirate thing is a true story.) We've never failed to deliver a high-quality product on deadline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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