Shortlist: Best Original Fiction

by Grace Wang in November 2016
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Literature Update

Yesterday, we looked at the shortlisted magazines for Best Original Non-Fiction. Today, we look into its sister category, and take a dive into the world of fiction. Judges Evie Wyld (novelist, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys prize) and Alex Clark (literary journalist, 2008 judge of the Man Booker prize) will be looking for inventive ideas and memorable writing, and we have some brilliant titles for them to consider.

American Chordata | New York
“A brilliantly designed literary magazine that sidesteps smug melodrama” — see more from It’s Nice That

American Chordata

The Canary Press | Victoria
This Melbourne-based short story magazine believes that literature should be fun. Read more in our interview with co-founder Robert Skinner.


Das Mag | Amsterdam
More than just a pretty marble cover, the Dutch-translated literary magazine includes interviews with novelists, and some really fantastic new writing.

Firewords Quarterly | Glasgow
A non-profit literary magazine that elegantly mixes work by emerging writers with bold and beautiful art.


The Lifted Brow | Melbourne
The self-titled “quarterly attack journal”, this is a literary magazine featuring exciting, new writing from Australia and the world.

Little Brother | Toronto
A small and perfectly formed literary and arts magazine from Canada, this magazine arranges its quality stories around a different central theme each issue. Watch our review of the issue on snacks below.

Popshot Magazine | London
This is an illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood. See more in Jacob Denno’s interview with the Huffington Post.


Somesuch Stories | London
“Off-beat and delightfully esoteric, the content spans a variety of experimental topics, themes and genres” — read more, plus an exclusive extract on AnOther mag.


Structo | Leiden
This magazine features short stories and poetry from all around the world, alongside essays and interviews with authors and other writers.


The White Review | London
“Literary magazines are booming, and leading this wave is The White Review, a carefully conceived and beautifully produced publication” — see more on magCulture.


The Wrong Quarterly | London
An experimental magazine that presents its cross-genre fiction completely unadorned, set in a simple, perfect bound format with no photography, illustration or anything else to adulterate the words.


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