Fiction Attic: The Journal of Elegant Wit, went live in 2001 as an online journal whose mission was to publish unusual works of literary merit. The first issue featured a short story in translation by enigmatic Albanian writer Jiri Kajane, whose work had appeared in many American literary journals, but had been banned in his home country.
During its three-year run, Fiction Attic featured the work of Steve Almond, Stephen Elliott, Gloria Frym, Katia Noyes, Vanessa Hua, Michelle Tea, and Anita Garner, among others, as well as interviews with such literary luminaries as Kate Braverman and fiction in translation by the celebrated Italian writer Mario Rigoni Stern (translated by Elizabeth Harris). In addition to fiction, the journal published The Tao of Wade, which defied classification, and Quoth the Raven, a collection of "found" texts.
Fiction Attic's final issue, #20, devoted entirely to flash fiction, was published in 2004. In the winter of that year, the magazine's editor, designer, and sole reader had a baby. A rather long silence followed.
In the ensuing years, online literary journals have exploded, and the world of online publishing has become far more vibrant and diverse than anyone might have imagined nearly a decade ago, when Fiction Attic first began accepting submissions.
Now, the journal is back, however in a different form--as a press, which will distribute fiction of exceptional literary merit through the ebook format. The goal of Fiction Attic, as always, is to be "the journal of elegant wit." We refer you to the meaning of attic, which explains pretty much everything:
attic salt (phrase): a poignant, delicate wit, peculiar to the Athenians
attic (noun): a story or room directly below the roof of a building
attic (adj) : characterized by purity, simplicity, and elegant wit
Where to find Fiction Attic online
Story Starters: A Workbook for Writers
Created by a bestselling novelist and veteran writing teacher, this workbook will banish writer's block, spark your imagination, and provide endless opportunities to make stories out of thin air. Whether you want to punch up your dialogue, explore dramatic tension, mine your life for material, or craft a compelling first chapter, Story Starters is the perfect companion for NaNoWriMo and beyond.
Flash in the Attic: 33 Very Short Stories
By Fiction Attic
Published: June 29, 2013.
33 stories under 1,000 words, from new and established writers. Featuring the winners of the Flash in the Attic Flash Fiction Contest, as well as former Fiction Attic contributors Steve Almond, Corey Mesler, Vanessa Hua, and Ilana Stanger-Ross. With new fiction from Meg Pokrass and others. Foreword by Michelle Richmond. From Fiction Attic Press, where good stories come to roost.
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