F(r)iction, Brink’s literary journal, is both a passion project and industry disrupter. Printed triannually and distributed around the world, F(r)iction publishes work from bold, new writers to pioneering leaders in the industry, spotlighting underrepresented voices and celebrating the weird and wonderful.
F(r)iction, Brink’s triannual literary journal, is at the heart of our mission to increase literacy rates and engagement with storytelling that pushes the boundaries of convention.
Drawing together the best works from our education programs and submissions, we pull more than 50% of the content in each issue from our slush pile, working closely with authors to hone their work and arm them with the skills to succeed in the publishing industry.
Each issue also features work from a community partner, spotlighting marginalized and underrepresented voices that are often ignored by the mainstream publishing industry. Partners include the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, Lambda Literary, and Veteran’s Writing Project.
We also publish diverse talent, from debut authors to pioneering writers seeking to push the boundaries. Our celebrity writers range from international literary greats, such as Alasdair Gray, to trailblazers who are carving out a unique space in the literary field, such as Jeff VanderMeer. Along the way, we’ve published poetry by Kwame Dawes and Mary Ruefle, flash fiction from Kathy Fish and David Galef, prose by Christopher Moore and Kirsty Logan, and nonfiction by Lee Gutkind and Phillip Lopate.
And if that wasn’t enough, each issue also includes an original short comic and custom artwork to accompany every piece, creating a collection that is as visually engaging as the stories within.
Take a risk. Break with tradition.
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To submit or subscribe to F(r)iction series, and read weird and wonderful editorial pieces, please go to our swanky F(r)iction site!
F(r)iction #18: Legacy
We’d say this issue is unforgettable, but we’ll let you be the judge of that one.
When we say this issue digs deep, we mean to the marrow. These stories pluck at the spider silk of lineage and connection. They tease out the tensions between family portraits, reject bitter histories, and practice remembrance in the face of loss. They unearth a terrible and lovely inheritance of the human condition: we are not alone. What echoes do our choices project into the world? What echoes buffet us from the past? This unruly archive reveals, with bone-cutting intimacy, what—for better or for worse—binds us to one another.
Cut your teeth on our Pioneering Writer Feature with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of the richly subversive and bestselling Mexican Gothic, as well as a never-before-seen excerpt of her upcoming novel Velvet Was the Night. For fiction, check out William Pei Shih’s familial drama “My Son” and Valerie San Filippo’s micro-gothic flash, “Housekeeper.” For poetry, stick close to the transformative pieces of our Community Feature with the Octavia Project and the lovely, devastatingly queer lyrics of Eric Tran. And don’t forget the graphic short story—you’ll find not one, but two gorgeous comics in these pages.
When we say legacy, we mean ancestry, contemporaneity, futurity. We mean our roots are just the beginning. We mean pluck the threads of this issue with us, and see where its ripples lead you.
All proceeds support our nonprofit mission to change lives through the power of storytelling!
Praise for F(r)iction
All of the work which graces the pages of this unique and necessary publication reaches deeply, viscerally inside you and takes root, spreads out, lacing into instinct, into our fundamental selves, this vast experience of humanity. F(r)iction is something truly special.The Sonder Review
F(r)iction burns with a true passion for literature, for the written word, and, most importantly of all: for new ideas—which are so often lacking in contemporary publishing.Nothing in the Rulebook
“F(r)iction is dedicated to changing the face of literary journals—illuminating the splendor of full-color artwork, writing that takes risks, and stories that deserve to be written.BigBridge
Brink’s publishing internship program seeks to bring underrepresented and diverse voices into the publishing industry itself. We offer two publishing internship sessions per year, in the spring and fall. Our fifteen-week program is conducted entirely online, so applicants from anywhere in the world can participate in this remote publishing internship as long as they have access to WiFi.