Fabulist News

News and updates on open calls, special events, activities, programs and projects.

Short Fiction Submissions, Fall ’22-Spring ’23

Starting in October, and running at least through Spring 2023, The Fabulist Magazine will be opening a new series of monthly submissions windows for short fantastical fiction of all sorts. Please refer to our submissions ...

The Rin Kelly Scholarship for Fiction: DEADLINE EXTENDED

CALL FOR APPLICANTS UPDATE: The submissions deadline has been extended to September 10. The family of Rin Kelly is offering up to three $350 scholarships to emerging fiction writers for use in enrolling in San ...

Vote for The Fabulist in the Utopia Awards

VOTING is now open through Aug. 21 for the 1st Annual Utopia Awards! The Fabulist is a finalist in two-count-em-two categories — Roger Leege's "Erewhon and Other Strange Utopias" in the Utopian Art category, and Fabulist ...

We’re on the Utopia Awards shortlist

We're chuffed to share that we've had two pieces shortlisted for the first annual Utopia Awards, established by the good folks over at Solar Punk Magazine. Check out the shortlist — we're in amazing(!) company, ...

The Year Ahead

The world so full of dire turns, and here we are telling stories. It's not just idle escapism. We turn to imaginative and fantastical tales because they keep us alive. Give us hope, inspiration, meaning, ...

Our 2022 Short-Fiction Lineup — So Far

We're thrilled to announce our initial short-fiction lineup for 2022. We will be adding new material — fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art — to our schedule throughout the year, but we're very pleased to be ...

Mark your calendars: Sept. 24 in San Francisco

Just a quick note to let you know that our first independently produced event is now booked. The First ConFabulist ConVergence — working title! — will be coming to Adobe Books (3130-24th Street, San Francisco), ...

Pushcart Prize ’22 Update

Each year, The Fabulist submits a selection of stories to the Pushcart Prize nominating committee for inclusion in their annual Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Press anthology. This year marks a first for us, ...

All-Star ‘Radical Science Fiction’ Symposium: Feb. 26-27

Here's one not to miss. The great PM Press is teaming up with City Lights Books in San Francisco to host an all-star, two-day, virtual symposium on radical traditions in science fiction. The events, on ...

Slush pile update, 2022 publishing schedule + new open-call process

We have about 90 manuscripts left in the slush pile, out of the 350 we received during our last open call. We've accepted 10 stories so far, and have about 60 more on the longlist ...

Slush Pile Status Report

We are at present a bit less than halfway through the slush pile from our 2021 open call for short fiction. We received 350 manuscripts, and have 174 to go. We've accepted five so far, ...

Why We Never Charge Reading Fees

We launched a Patreon page to help us pay our contributors and cover our operating expenses. Thanks for signing up! While you ponder this, let's talk about another potential revenue stream, which seems like a ...

The Pocket Pixelarium issue 2 is here

We're thrilled to share with you the second issue of our new e-zine, The Pocket Pixelarium, available in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. Featuring great December stories from The Fabulist by Mernine Ameris, Ann Calandro, ...

Our Winter’s Tales

[Vote for "Our Winter's Tales" in the 1st Annual Utopia Awards. Polls are now open through Aug. 21, 2022.] Today is the Winter Solstice, and the reality of days getting longer and the sun returning ...

Introducing The Pocket Pixelarium: Our New e-Zine

We're pleased to share with you the debut edition of our new e-zine, The Pocket Pixelarium. Scoot on over to our Patreon page to grab yourself a free copy in EPUB, MOBI and PDF. Future ...

Our 2021 Pushcart Prize nominations

Each year The Fabulist makes nominations to the Pushcart Prize, which publishes an annual "best of the small press" anthology. We're limited to six, so, tough choices ...  These stories tend to be a bit ...

Wow, Our Open Call Was Insanely Epic

Just a quick note to express our astonishment at the sheer volume of manuscripts — 350! — we received through The Fabulist's Fall 2021 open call for short fantastical fiction. That's more than twice as ...

Here is the Future You Requested • November 2021

Here we are, it’s the future now, and it kinda reads like a science-fiction novel: Global pandemic, fascistic kleptocracy on the rise in the U.S. along with a burgeoning militia movement, surveillance states, border-crossing impacts ...

Word count UPDATE for Fall 2021 short-fiction submissions window

Attention writers: We've raised the maximum word count for our submissions window closing Nov. 12. We prefer stories up to 3,000 words, but will consider up to 5,000. The main reason for the lower limit ...

‘Here is the Future You Requested’: The Fabulist at Lit Crawl ’21

The Fabulist's fifth annual Lit Crawl reading was hosted last night at the fabulous Adobe Bookstore on 24th Street in San Francisco's Mission District. It was a smash. Standing room only, as usual, though entry ...

Support The Fabulist on Patreon

Hey, we launched a Patreon page for The Fabulist. Check it out, and why not sign up? Our website is and always will be free, free, free — but as a Patreon subscriber you'll also ...

Opportunity for Black speculative-fiction authors

Here's an interesting writing opportunity and prompt for Black speculative-fiction authors coming from NaBeela Washington, founder and editor of Lucky Jefferson Magazine — a beautifully illustrated and well-curated digital 'zine that regularly runs theme issues. ...

Submissions Now OPEN for Short Fantastical Fiction Thru Nov. 12

The Fabulist Magazine is now open through November 12 for submissions of short fantastical and speculative fiction. • UPDATED: Submissions of up to 3,000 words are preferred — but we will consider up to 5,000 words. ...

Harvest Moon • October 2021

Already October. The year ripening, yielding, and still so much ahead. Our careful cultivation of these pages has yielded a frightfully fantastical lineup for you this October — plus some news to share that has ...