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Lit Mag Spotlight: Beloit Fiction Journal

Beloit Fiction Journal

Here’s a holiday treat for you! December’s Lit Mag spotlight is shining on Beloit Fiction Journal. Affiliated with Beloit College, the journal publishes the best in contemporary short fiction. Find out what makes Beloit Fiction Journal special and what YOU can do to be published in this magazine.

Give us the lowdown on your journal’s mission.

All fiction all the time: short, long, traditional, experimental. Our fiction-only format allows us to consider very long as well as very short stories, and we occasionally publish excerpts. Traditional and experimental narratives are both equally welcome, and new writers appear alongside established authors.

Describe your ideal submission in 15 words or less.

Elegant prose, or awkward in an interesting way. Inventive—style trumps subject.

Tell us about a piece you recently published that got the staff really excited.

We’re always most excited to publish a writer’s first story. In each issue, we try to publish one new fiction writer. In Volume 28 we published two: Eliana Ramage and Steven Kurutz.

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Regarding submissions: What’s the most common turnoff that you encounter (in terms of craft)?

Fiction is all about perspective and writing through character. If the perspective isn’t right, there’s no point in reading on.

What’s the most common oversight (in terms of submission guidelines)?

We’re not the Beloit Poetry Journal anymore. Since 1985, our focus has been on pure fiction. But writers don’t read the guidelines and still send us poetry submissions.

Why is your journal awesome? 

We publish thirteen to fifteen stories per issue, rather than only two or three. And works that have first appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal have been reprinted in award-winning collections.

Where can readers find your submission guidelines?

They can be found here.

Lit Mag Spotlight: Sequestrum

We’re thankful to be shining November’s Lit Mag Spotlight on Sequestrum, a unique journal of short prose and poetry that began as a collaborative effort between graduates of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Sequestrum loves publishing concise, evocative writing that couldn’t exist in any other form, yet reminds us of the breadth… Continue Reading

Lit Mag Spotlight: The Missouri Review

October’s Lit Mag Spotlight is shining on The Missouri Review! This highly regarded literary journal has a reputation for being the first to publish up-and-coming new writers. Each issue of The Missouri Review features stories, poetry, and essays selected from submissions sent from writers throughout the world. Find out what they look for in a… Continue Reading

Lit Mag Spotlight: Literal Latté

April’s Lit Mag Spotlight is shining on critically acclaimed literary magazine, Literal Latté. Literal Latté debuted in June 1994 and offered 30,000 printed copies of its “literary brew” free in the coffeehouses and bookstores of New York City. These days, Literal Latté is entirely online, still FREE, and remains committed to finding and nurturing great writing… Continue Reading

Lit Mag Spotlight: North Dakota Quarterly

Happy (almost) Spring, writers! March’s Lit Mag Spotlight is shining on North Dakota Quarterly, the University of North Dakota’s renowned literary journal. Publishing since 1911, NDQ strives to publish compelling content from all over the globe. Find out why they’re unique, why they’re sometimes grumpy, and what YOU can do to be published in their… Continue Reading

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