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


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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#44 Deviate (DV8)

Our newest issue, #44, is called Deviate (DV8).

Hello world!

FI #44: DV8

We decided it was time to get serious about the internet, so we will eventually abandon our website in favor of this WordPress presence. For obvious reasons – we can add components for Facebook, Twitter, and eventually Pinterest and Goodreads – and for the less-obvious reason that we can’t readily maintain a website using a steadily-rotating staff of graduate student editorial assistants, each bringing their own skill-set to enrich FI. This decade’s skill-set is social media (whereas last decade’s was websites and blogs) so we will adapt to the times we occupy.

We will devote the bulk of our effort to build and maintain the Pages you see above – about, catalog and subscribe. We will maintain the Posts only to provide “breaking” announcements – the latest theme, the latest submission period, the latest volume published, and changes and additions to the Pages. Thus, the Posts will be stark and serviceable while the Pages will be alive and brimming with fiction.

Feel free to comment on the Posts anyway, especially if you have questions for us. Questions about the theme. Questions about your submission. Questions about an issue. All will be answered as thoroughly and promptly as possible.

Questions about the weather? Sorry.

Harold Jaffe, Editor
Beverly Price, Managing Editor