Stack Awards 2018: Best Original Fiction shortlist

by Grace Wang in October 2018

There are loads of amazing literary magazines out there, championing established and emerging talent in fiction. And in other titles not focused on literature, creative writing gives readers a break from essays and interviews — a space to let their imagination float freely. This category of the Stack Awards wants to recognise exactly this.

Our judges are Evie Wyld and Luke Neima — find out more about them on our awards page, and scroll down to explore the eight magazines and the eight pieces of fiction shortlisted in this category.



American Chordata | New York

Delivering delectable short stories, affecting poetry and thought-provoking essays, American Chordata pairs brave and illuminating writing with artfully weaved photography and illustration. The shortlisted story is by Sasha Laing, who worked with subtlety and shock in ‘The Bear’.


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Archivio | Turin

Pulling materials from personal and institutional archives around the world, Archivio tells interesting and forgotten stories. Michael Salu’s piece for this entry contextualises a set of unpublished private pictures made by a soldier during the first Gulf War.


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Ecotone | North Carolina

An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, and the magazine explores the ecotones between landscapes, literary genres, scientific and artistic disciplines. Their contributors are winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, as well as MacArthur, Guggenheim, and NEA fellows.


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Funhouse | London

Funhouse is a magazine of new writing, illustrations and comics. The shortlisted story, ‘An Apiary Concubine’, is an excerpt from Vi Khi Nao’s forthcoming novel.


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Iota | Matlock

Iota is a literary journal with a new direction. ‘The Killing of WEK’ by Vivien Furbacchione draws you into the claustrophobia of Edwardian parlours where three Bloomsbury suffragettes face a difficult decision.


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Sand | Berlin

Sand is an English literary journal based in Berlin. Jeremy Packert Burke’s piece, ‘Glittering Dark’, is an illicit, fantastical love story set during a plague of insects.


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Still | New York

Still magazine features writing that’s inventive and challenges narrative conventions. Isabelle Lehn’s ‘Spring Awakening’, the story submitted for this category, invites readers into the protagonist’s conversation with her therapist.


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The Tangerine | Belfast

Literary title The Tangerine features new creative work, thoughtful discussion, and critical engagement with culture and politics in Belfast and beyond.


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Do you and a friend want a free copy of The Tangerine Issue 4? Follow us and tag a friend to both be in with a chance of winning. Winners announced Friday Evening. If you miss out we’ll be giving away copies on twitter and facebook in the next few days so be sure to follow us there!

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