Fabulist News

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

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 ...

Internet snafu may block our website

We are displeased to discover that Let's Encrypt, a major Internet security provider, has an expired veeblefetzer, which means the necessary thingummy doesn't properly connect to the framistan, with the result that anyone with an ...

Oct. 23: The Fabulist at Lit Crawl 2021

The Fabulist presents: “Here is the Future You Requested” Featuring readings by Rona Fernandez, Russell Gonzaga, Claire Light, Nick Mamatas & Annalee Newitz Part of Lit Crawl, Saturday, Oct. 23, 8-9p.m., FREEAdobe Books, 3130-24th St., San ...

Open Call, Short Fiction, 10/8-11/12

Heads up — The Fabulist Words & Art will be opening a submissions window for short fiction from October 8 at 12:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m., November 12, 2021. Check out our Submissions Policies page for ...

Looking back at 9/11 and ‘The Bus Drawings’

It was just another day at work for Thomas Haddad. September 11, 2001. "I was on the 89th floor of WTC 1 on 9/11. My office faced north," he says, "which put me 30 feet ...

Poetry Editor Russell Gonzaga takes to the stage on Friday, September 10

Russell Gonzaga isn't just The Fabulist Magazine's poetry editor — he's also an accomplished slam poet and spoken word artist. This Friday, if you happen to be in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, stop ...

Reader Survey: Patreon vs. Kickstarter?

We're exploring Patreon and Kickstarter as income sources that will enable us to pay the writers and artists whose great works make The Fabulist come alive. (We'd also like to cover some of our own ...

Try to Remember • September 2021

We're closing in on the end of the year, and moving past a summer both sweet and sour. Here are some news and updates, as well as a few words on the science-fictional futures that ...

Call for Applicants: The Rin Kelly Scholarship for Fiction (deadline 9/1/21)

In memory of journalist and fiction writer Rin Kelly, her family is offering up to three $350 scholarships in her name to emerging fiction writers for use in enrolling in Writers Grotto fiction classes during ...

May 15: Book Launch, “Here Is A Game We Could Play,” by Jenny Bitner

Fabulist Magazine is excited to co-present a BOOK LAUNCH for "Here Is A Game We Could Play," by Jenny Bitner. WHEN: Saturday, May 15, 5:00 p.m. Pacific, via Zoom. FEATURING: Jenny Bitner in conversation with ...

It’s Flowering Time • May 2021

Welcome back to The Fabulist, where our May issue is in bloom with fantastical fiction, poetry, art, plus some new nonfiction reviews and essays. We're still figuring this "issues" thing out, so our lineup may ...

Spring 2021: New poetry, fiction, art, and a book launch

Hello friends ... without much fanfare, The Fabulist has launched its 2021 publishing schedule. We currently have new works of fiction and art in the queued up through the end of this year, plus reviews, ...

Remembering Rin Kelly

Rin Kelly was a brilliant journalist and fiction writer that we lost much too early. I had the pleasure of having her as a student and getting to know her as a friend.   Her mother ...

Pause & Breathe: January 2021

Dear Fabulist friends and family ... We're taking a break in January 2021 to pause, breathe, plow through a giant heap of administrative tasks, and plan for the year ahead. January plans at The Fabulist ...

Winters of our Discontent: December 2020

There's only so long the before the return of the sun. But until then the nights will be long and dark, and the viral tide that sweeps our world brings a surge after every ebb. ...

Our 2020 Pushcart Prize nominations

It ain't easy picking out six nominees for the Pushcart Prize from The Fabulist's 2020 lineup — we'd have selected more if the rules permitted, but such are the constraints before us. We're honored to ...

Remember, Remember: November 2020

Memory is a type of storytelling. And there is a knife-edge to telling such stories. In one hand, the story becomes a means of provoking understanding. In another, it becomes a tool for deceit. Beware ...

Once in a Blue Moon: October 2020

There are two full moons this month. October 1 brought us the harvest moon, a haunted orange beauty peering down at us through the wildfire smoke that shrouds The Fabulist's hometown of San Francisco. Halloween, ...

Email newsletter restored

Just a quick note to let you know that we've resolved the service interruption with The Fabulist's email newsletter, and weekly updates of our latest publishing activities will return to your inbox. In the email ...

Open Call for Short Fiction, Fall 2020

[NOTE: This open call has been extended through Oct. 24.] Who?You, dear writer, you. We are open to submissions of all sorts from anyone; please do not feel constrained by any considerations of identity, age, ...

Where There’s Smoke: September 2020

This Month:Editorial • Publishing Schedule • Open Call for Short Fiction Editorial: "Where There's Smoke" Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer in America with barbecues and weekend sales at the mall. This summer, ...