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Beloit Fiction Journal


Publishing the best in contemporary short fiction since 1985.

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. As one of the few fiction-only journals in the country, we’re able to feature as many as fifteen new stories per issue. We publish fiction in a variety of lengths, and occasionally accept excerpts.

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

2021 Hamlin Garland Award Winner
Beloit Fiction Journal News

2021 Hamlin Garland Award Winner

The winner of the 7th Annual Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story is Sean Williamson, for his story, “Never the Hero.”
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“Never the Hero”

“Then a couple years barfed by. By then, I didn’t know what I saw. I got to thinking, I didn’t see that woman, that horrible face.”

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Celeste Mohammed’s new novel-in-stories, Pleasantview.

News from our Contributors

New publications from former BFJ contributors Celeste Mohammed, Bradley Bazzle, and more!

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