Feature Friday: Associate Editor Angela

For our next Feature Friday we’re happy to introduce Angela Pankosky, our final associate editor. Angela helps make the final decisions on submissions with the rest of our editorial staff, along with handling some of our administrative duties.

Angela Pankosky is a Polish writer, mother, and dancer. She earned B.A. in Comparative Literature from SDSU in 2011 and is currently a graduate student in Creative Writing with emphasis in poetry. Her biggest literary influences are Anaïs Nin,  Halina Poświatowska, and Helena Raszka.

You can read one of her latest poems, “Snuff yourself” in the January 2018 issue of Le Scat Noir or “The Brother” in the San Diego Poetry Annual Anthology. Also check out one of her short stories “Between Borders” in the most recent issue of pacificREVIEW!

Feature Friday: Associate Editor William Lambert

Welcome back for another one of our Feature Friday posts! Today FI is happy to introduce William Lambert, one of our associate editors. William participates in line by line editing of final submissions alongside the other editors, and he heads our prison correspondence program.

William Lambert is an MFA grad student at San Diego State University. He has not publish anything yet, but he is looking into publishing opportunities. Although his favorite genres tend to be action, noir, horror, fantasy, and graphic novels, he will read any form of literature. Other interests and hobbies include, anime, reptiles, cats, improv, running, and films. Some of his favorite movies are Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Nosferatu, Pulp Fiction, Seven Samurai, A Clockwork Orange, Akira, The Maltese Falcon, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Feature Friday: Associate Editor Kurt Kroeber

This week as part of our Feature Friday get to know Kurt Kroeber! Kurt is one of our associate editors who oversees the administrative aspect of our journal including managing orders, getting issues out to contributors and readers, and handling much of our finances. Like all of our editors, he also gets to help narrow down what writing makes it into the issue.

Kurt Kroeber likes to put words into sentences, paragraphs, etc. He’s not published in any fancy literature magazines, but doesn’t really seem to give a care about that rat race (or at least that’s what he tells himself so he can sleep at night). Kurt writes for the We Are: The Guard music blog and in his spare time creates the Movie Novelization version of films currently in theatres. He co-wrote the feature film Psycho Sleepover which you can watch free on the internet if you are tenacious enough and have an affinity for schlocky horror-comedies. Happy Birthday!  Follow him on twitter at @wwwkurtcom.



Feature Friday: Associate Editor

For this week’s Feature Friday we have our first associate editor: Thomas M. Gresham.

Thomas is lead editor for this upcoming issue. His position involves overseeing all aspects of production from interacting with contributors, to proof reading, to guiding new interns and readers.

Thomas Gresham is a fiction writer, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He has work published in Superstition Review, Maudlin House, and Rougarou among others. His short story “Peach” was the winner of Carve Magazine’s 2018 Prose & Poetry Contest. He’s online at www.squeakypig.com and you can find him on twitter under @thatsqueakypig

Next Issue’s Theme: Body

The time has finally arrived! The theme for our next issue has been decided on, and we can’t wait to see what everyone submits. For our next issue, writers are welcome to send submissions with the theme of (insert drumroll):




As usual, we have flexibility with what the word “body” means to you. Feel free to send work that deals with the collective human body, our physical meat suit, or things that dabble with form and make us question what can be labeled as a “body” of work.

Submissions will be opening again on October 1st, 2018 and will remain open until February 4th, 2019. Submissions will be accepted online through our Submittable and as always you can also send hard copies with a SASE to:

Harold Jaffe, Editor
Fiction International
San Diego State University
Dept. of English and Comp. Lit.
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-6020 USA

As you prepare your submission, why not look through our work? We have past issues available through Amazon. Some of our past themes have been “About Seeing“, “Fool“, and “Walls“. Reading an old issue is the best way to become familiar with the type of work we publish.

Featured Friday: Editor-in-chief Harold Jaffe

As part of a new initiative to help readers and potential contributors become more familiar with the journal and our editorial team, Fiction International is launching a new Featured Friday segment on our social media platforms. During this time, we’ll be giving readers a closer look at our editorial team for the upcoming submission period which opens on October 1st.

As our first featured post we are introducing our editor-in-chief Harold Jaffe. As editor-in-chief, he  has a final say in which pieces move forward to publication after they’ve been voted on by our team of readers. Since joining, Jaffe has been committed to promoting innovative and evocative works of hybrid writing and prose paired with memorable art.

Harold Jaffe is the author of 28 volumes of fiction, docufiction, and non-fiction, including Culture Porn, Goosestep; Death Café, Sacred Outcast: Dispatches from India; Revolutionary Brain; Induced Coma; Anti-Tiwtter: 150 50-Word Stories; Paris 60; Jesus Coyote; 15 Serial Killers; Beyond the Techno-Cave, Terror-dot-Gov, Straight Razor; Eros Anti-Eros; False Positive; Beasts; Mourning Crazy Horse; Madonna & Other Spectacles; and Dos Indios. 

Jaffe’s writing has been translated in Turkey, France, Spain, Germany Romania, Japan, Italy, and Cuba.

If you’re interested in reading interviews with Jaffe, or learning more about each individual title, feel free to visit his website or you can find him on Facebook.

We’ll be back next week with more of our editorial team members. Keep an eye out for a post mid-week with more details about our upcoming issue and the theme we selected!


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The Benefits of Entering a Writing Contest

The Puritan Senior Editors

For every literary magazine, a prize. Our lit culture’s thick with them. Whether you’re an ardent submitter, see them as a necessary evil to keep literary ships afloat, or you love to hate them, writing contests can often feel more common than the periodicals they support.

Here at The Puritan, we’ve got our own—The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence (yes, intentionally long-titled)—and it’s in its fifth successful year. However, we like to think of ‘The Morton’ as slightly more appealing than many other honours from many other magazines—even those that grant a bit more money.

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Event Review: Sacred Geography: Dispatches from India by Harold Jaffe

by Erica Spriggs

It is a Friday evening at the San Diego Theosophy Center, and few people are talking. The room is warm despite the open window. Professor Harold Jaffe is wearing black, a a mandarin-collar shirt, sunglasses, slacks. He approaches the podium gradually, watching for the sudden movement of extended legs as people settle into the still silence. A single window lets the street noise into the crowded room—the heavy curtain is curled, the bottom resting on a bookshelf—incapable of cooling the gathering of friends, colleagues, and students, several sipping hot tea from styrofoam cups.

Jaffe is about to read from his Sacred Geography: Dispatches from India, and there is a sense that this is special, important, that we are not just listeners; we are here to contemplate how death and beauty converge, how even the sacred can be commodified.

For every dispatch, a photograph appears on the television to his left. He tells us that “one can sense the thousands of years of worshiping despite the official degradation of the poor.” There is a silent shared despair as he recounts the untouchables: thin, black, barefoot. He tells us of the “cremated body parts bobbing in the Ganges.” He tells us that the multiple “sounds break apart into a white noise” and “untouchables glide by noiselessly,” interrupted by the presence of mobile phones.

The boom of his voice accompanies the rise of his hands as he asks us to consider a digital India—whether or not it can co-exist with the sacred. His mouth aligns with the glow of the podium-light, his words luminous as he details his time in a rowboat at dawn on the Ganges, accompanied by a rat and a boy chewing betel. The reader pauses to drink, his fingers elongate delicately around the blue water bottle as the audience clears their throats, thirsting for that same water.

To understand the state of India’s poor, Jaffe attempts to discuss dengue fever with a high-caste and is unsuccessful—the man feels insulted.

One of Jaffe’s dispatches comments on the barrier between his desire to know and his ability to access that knowledge, because he is, in effect, one of the privileged, merely visiting the suffering.

The idea of barriers is further demonstrated in a photo of oxen with a girl in the center, her pigtails match the shape of the oxen’s ears behind her. Jaffe tells us about the “unnatural unblinking glance” of the ox—how you give in, allow yourself to see the suffering as part of the movement towards both knowledge and serenity in the midst of chaos.

He pauses, and the photo becomes more vivid, the resting oxen less sentient without faces, the little girl vulnerable, because she looks at us, challenges us not to look away.

Jaffe tells us that he spent a year in India 35 years ago and was drawn back to it again. On his most recent trip, he wrote 43 dispatches, expressing, in particular, a concern for the “uncolonized space of dreams,” and the well-being of the impoverished.

By the time he is finished, the light from the window is gone—only the grouping of black clouds remain. The world is the world. Without deception.