Info & Guidelines

Necessary Fiction is a webjournal delivering a fresh story each Wednesday. We also host a monthly Writer In Residence, offer book reviews, and have serialized a novel (which is now available as an ebook).

You can reach us at editor@necessaryfiction.com, and we can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. NF is edited by Steve Himmer, just so you know who to blame. The book reviews editor is Michelle Bailat-Jones.

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Submitting Fiction

We welcome your stories, but ask that you send them via our submissions manager. Complete guidelines are available there.

Please do not submit work to our Writers In Residence — they do not read submissions, and are here to share work they have already chosen. Also, please note that Writers In Residence are selected by invitation only, not by application or request.

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Submitting Book Reviews

We are interested in reviewing fiction from independent publishers, with a moderate emphasis on short story collections, novellas and translations. We are also interested in spotlighting recent issues of literary journals. Self-published authors are welcome to submit their books, but please be aware a review is not guaranteed.

If you’re a publisher, author, or publicist and would like to submit a book for consideration, please query Michelle Bailat-Jones at reviews@necessaryfiction.com. Michelle lives in Switzerland and is aware that international postage can run high. She is happy to receive books electronically when this is a possibility.

If you are a reviewer, please (keep in mind our interest in independent publishers and then) query Michelle with a completed review or writing samples and a book suggestion. Please do not simultaneously submit reviews, we promise to get back to you quickly. We maintain a list of books currently on hand for review, but please don’t feel limited to those — we welcome pitches and submissions of other books as long as they fit our guidelines, and we are willing to request review copies from publishers (though we prefer to do so for reviewers we have worked with before or those with prior review publications).

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Submitting for Research Notes and Translation Notes

For our Research Notes series, we invite the author of a recent book of fiction to reflect on the “research” behind it. Research is defined very broadly, from archival work to field work to family histories to memory — pretty much anything goes. Usually, these take the form of essays in the realm of 1000 words, but we’re open to experiments like annotated reading lists, conversations, or whatever authors come up with. The goal is more to see how authors think about their own process than to force them into a box, and we like to be surprised. If you think your book lends itself to the series, feel free to pitch us by email. Please note that our focus is on literary fiction, and while we have a pretty flexible view of what that means, if your book is in a more particular genre (ie, not in sync with the styles of fiction we tend to publish or review here) it’s probably not right for the series.

Our Translation Notes series invites translators of literary fiction to write about the process of bringing a book into English, and we welcome submissions to that series as well.

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Submitting Interviews, Essays, etc.

We are also glad to receive submissions of interviews with writers, publishers, editors, artists with an interest in story, or someone we haven’t thought of yet. We’re also willing to consider essays on contemporary literature or literary culture, when they’re aimed at a general readership rather than a solely academic audience. Feel free to inquire by email if you have an interview, essay, or something else along those lines you would like to propose.