The Chicago Reader is Accepting Submissions for the 2014 PURE FICTION Issue (deadline 11/15)


In January, the Reader will publish its 15th annual Pure Fiction issue, a collection of short stories submitted by mostly local fiction writers paired with illustrations by mostly local artists. This year, they’ll take submissions until November 15.

Here’s last year’s issue, with the winning stories selected by guest curator Barrie Jean Borich, author of Body Geographic, editor of the literary journal Slag Glass City, and a DePaul University faculty member.

Please send submissions to We’re reasonably flexible on length, but up to 3,000 words is preferred. Multiple submissions are accepted. We pay for those we publish.

And if you are published, you’ll join the ranks of some exceptional writers. Our fiction issue archive includes pieces by Gina FrangelloBen GreenmanJonathan MessingerAnne Elizabeth Moore, and even some in-house Reader talent—Tony AdlerJ.R. Jones, and Philip Montoro.



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