There's really nothing of any consequence to expect from a given January, but here: that's when the Reader
prints its annual Pure Fiction issue, written by you. This year will be number 14—check out the most recent issue here
, and our Fiction archives here
—and the time to submit your short stories is now. In the past we've been lucky to have published such illustrious authors as Gina Frangello
, Anne Elizabeth Moore
, Bayo Ojikutu
, Stephen Markley
, Adam Langer
, and Rennie Sparks
, who also wrote one of my favorite songs
. Will you join them? There is honestly only one way to find out.
And speaking of illustrious: the guest judge this year is Barrie Jean Borich, whose most recent book, a memoir set in Chicago and Minneapolis, is Body Geographic.
A few more details:
• Please send all submissions by November 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Think of 3,000 words as a good upper limit for your story. Multiple submissions are OK.
• Our traditional preference has been for Chicagoans, but we're not going to be total chauvinists about it.
• There's money involved for those we publish.