Fiction Collective Two is an author-run, not-for-profit publisher of artistically adventurous,
non-traditional fiction.

Submissions open for the 2018 Innovative Fiction Prizes:

The submission period for the 2018 contests runs August 15, 2017 through November 1, 2017. Winners will be announced in May 2018. Laird Hunt will judge the Doctorow Prize and Noy Holland will judge the Sukenick Contest. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates and consult our guidelines for additional submission information and a link to the submission portal.

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Innovative Fiction Prizes:

Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize:
Bhopal Dance by Jennifer Natalya Fink
selected by Mary Caponegro

Jennifer Natalya Fink is the author of four novels, including the Dana Award-winning The Mikvah Queen. She is a professor of creative writing at Georgetown University, and has served as a jurist for the Caine Prize for African Fiction. She founded The Gorilla Press, a non-profit promoting youth literacy through bookmaking. Bhopal Dance was shortlisted for the Clarissa Dalloway Fiction Prize from the A Room of Our Own Foundation and the Willow Books Literature Award.

The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize is funded by grant support from the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation.

Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest:
The Making Sense of Things by George Choundas
selected by Elisabeth Sheffield

George Choundas has fiction and nonfiction in over fifty publications. His work has been selected for The Best Small Fictions 2015, featured as and Paragraph Shorts selections, and awarded the New Millennium Award for Fiction. He is a former FBI agent. His paternal great-grandfather, a Greek fisherman, was murdered by pirates off Aegina. His maternal great-grandfather, a Cuban lumberjack, was killed by a tree off perpendicular by several accelerating degrees.

The submission period for the 2018 contests will open on August 15, 2017. Laird Hunt will judge the Doctorow Prize and Noy Holland will judge the Sukenick Contest. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates and consult our guidelines for additional submission information.

Marc Anthony Richardson,
Author Spotlight

Marc Anthony Richardson's debut novel, Year of the Rat is the winner of The American Book Award!! The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.  The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. The 2017 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 22nd, from 12:00-2:30 p.m. at the SF Jazz Center, Joe Henderson Lab, 201 Franklin Street (at Fell), San Francisco, CA. This event will be televised on CSPAN and is open to the public.

Richardson's stunning debut is also the 2015 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest winner and is currently available for purchase. In Year of the Rat, an artist returns to the dystopian city of his birth to tend to his invalid mother, only to find himself torn apart by memories and longings. Narrated by this nameless figure whose rants, reveries, and Rabelaisian escapades take him on a Dantesque descent into himself, the story follows him and his mother as they share a one-bedroom apartment over the course of a year. Excerpts can be found at the author's website and at his book-page at

"The Trick Is To Have No Trick Up Your Sleeve" -- an interview with Marc Anthony Richardson -- is live at Entropy.

Marc Anthony Richardson discusses Year of the Rat with with Justin Desmangles, chair of the Before Columbus Foundation/American Book Awards.

Read Matthew Jakubowski's review of Year of the Rat in Cleaver Magazine.

Year of the Rat is a featured title at City Lights Books: "Marc Anthony Richardson's Year of the Rat is a poignant and riveting literary debut narrated in an unabashedly exuberant voice."

Courtney E Morgan,
Author Spotlight

Courtney E. Morgan's Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman is now available for purchase. Morgan’s work has appeared in PleiadesThe American Book ReviewThe Red Anthology, and elsewhere. The founder and editor of The Thought Erotic, an online journal, she received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and lives in Denver.

Read an excerpt from Morgan's Seven Autopsies.

"The Haunting Resonance of The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman"--a review of Morgan's new title at Fiction Unbound.

Kirkus Reviews on The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman.

"Why Audrie & Daisy is Required Watching in a Culture of Slut Shaming and 'Locker Room Talk'"and "Why I'm Choosing to Stop Doing Harm Against Other Women's Bodies" in The Thought Erotic.

Aimee Parkison,
Author Spotlight

Aimee Parkison's Doctorow Prize winning collection, Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman, is out in the world! Grab your copy of Refrigerated Music here. Parkison is the author of two additional story collections, Woman with Dark Horses (Starcherone 2004) and The Innocent Party (BOA Editions, Ltd., American Reader Series 2012), as well as the novel, The Petals of Your Eyes (Starcherone/Dzanc 2014).

"Deft, Eloquent, Shiversome, and Timely"--Elizabeth Block reviews Refrigerated Music in The Brooklyn Rail.

Read an excerpt from Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman.

"The Casting Director" at The Collagist.

An interview with Aimee Parkison--"I Live in a Haunted House"-- at The Collagist.

"Theater of Cruelty" at The Rumpus.

"Allison's Idea" in Tarpaulin Sky.

"What Happened with Gilbert That Night"in Web Conjunctions.

Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman is reviewed by Kirkus.

Stephen-Paul Martin,
Author Spotlight

Stephen-Paul Martin's second FC2 title, The Ace of Lightning, is available for purchase. Martin is the author of several collections of fiction, including Changing the SubjectThe Possibility of Music, and Instead of Confusion

Read an excerpt of The Ace of Lightning.

An interview with Stephen-Paul Martin on the Avant-Garde at Longhouse Poetry.

"Gavrilo Princip A.KA. 'Gavrilo Princip'" in Evening Will Come.

Kirkus Reviews on The Ace of Lightning.

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