Last Chance to Submit Work for the “Real Time/Virtual” Issue

Submit your best work on the theme of “Real Time/Virtual” by December 15th!

Fiction, non-fiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals which address Real Time/Virtual are welcome. Please submit hard copy from 9/1 to 12/15 2012 to the address listed on this page. We will consider submissions of narrative, anti-narrative and indeterminate texts but only accept submissions reflecting the theme.

All submissions (text and images), including those from agents, must be printed out, accompanied by an SASE, and mailed 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


Did You Remember To…?

Do you remember people?     
Do you remember people, the soft murmur of a considerate crowd?
Do you remember trees, the bark that felt like petrified flesh?

     Do you remember paper printed books, the dissolute scent of aged pages?

-From “Art-Making in the Technopsphere”
A collaboration between a few of the best, brightest and belligerent: Andy O’Clancy, Natalie Quave, Chad Stroup, Randall Lahrman, Ryan Forsythe, Jo Ellen Aragon, Carla Wilson, Francois Bereaud

Do you remember?–Check the “Technospere.” It will jog your memory:

“Art-Making in the Technosphere” Part 2 (Or: Ice Cream Congratulations)

Notes from the the Technosphere:

Diving back into the collaboration…
How do words fit in? Are we in space? And if so, who paid for our ride?

“…when giant corporations own the means of production and make barriers so low—not in order to democratize art, but in pursuit of the long tail, firm in the knowledge that a buck off a million books that sell one copy each is the same as a buck each from a million identical Fifty Shades of Greys—well, perhaps there is a slight devaluation of said art. Definitely there is a commodification.”

How can we taste the real?

Congratulations to FI Assistant Editor Ryan Forsythe for publication of “Untitled” in City Beat’s “Fiction 101” contest.  Find out how Roger learned the difference between the real and the imitation here:

And read the rest of “Art-Making in the Technosphere,” here:

What have you commodified today?

Post-Election, Cloudy Thursday, Writer’s Blues

At some point, we all just need to get out there and write stuff down.

Consider riffing on Real Time/Virtual, or just spew out your own post-political process. Sometimes it’s just time to write.

Still stuck? Read this. One of the best articles written for writers who are busy procrastinating.
Also, tell us: What are your favorite articles or best words of writerly advice?

Welcome to: “Art-Making in the Technosphere”

A Sneak Peek into the Real Time/Virtual:

Somewhere between their actual bodies and the Technosphere that waits to envelop them….

Eight writers intertwined, incorporating real words into virtual art. Or was that virtual words into real art? It was, in fact, “Art-Making in the Technosphere.”

Converging on this topic, eight adept and proficient MFA students immersed themselves into how art fits in our Real Time/Virtual world.

Congratulations to Andy O’Clancy, Natalie Quave, Chad Stroup, Randall Lahrman, Ryan Forsythe, Jo Ellen Aragon, Carla Wilson, and Francois Bereaud for their collaborative accomplishment and their willingness to artfully explore this topic.

From, “Art-Making in the Technosphere”:

The reunion of the devices! A cooperative effort. We carted all we could, our pilgrimage ending at one site. There, we built. Phonographs, transistor radios, stopwatches, televisions, cellular telephones, laptops, screen tablets. Our useful misshapen bricks. We toiled. Arranging, stacking.

Our structure—finished.
Go inside. Peer amid the archives…

You can “go inside.” Find the full preview of the collaboration here:

Submit! (To the virtual? To the real?) 
Call for submissions to Fiction International’s Real Time/Virtual issue

The toddler’s pacifier is replaced by a glowing tablet.
Tiny fingers mash into the luminous screen.

the pacifier is replaced by a smart?phone?
It moves from clumsy hands into drooling mouth, the same way a pacifier would,
in this virtual oral stage.

The pacifier mimics the mother’s breast. The source of sustenance.
What kind of milk flows from the burnt fingers/broken lives of the factory workers, down into the glowing screen that protrudes from between the child’s dribbling lips.

If we are born suckling on the virtual, what are we fed?
If we live outside of its reach, are we then real?
Where are you on this spectrum?
What if you are outside of it completely?

Submit your fiction, non-fiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals which address “Real Time/Virtual” to Fiction International. Submissions are open from 9/1/12 to 12/15/12.

Please submit hard copy to:
Harold Jaffe,

Fiction International

Dept of English
San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA USA 92182-6020

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