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

Reading featuring:
Doug Rice &
Marc Anthony Richardson


FC2 authors Doug Rice and Marc Anthony Richardson will be reading in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 3rd, at 7 PM at Weller Book Works, 507 Trolley Square.

Doug Rice is the author of the FC2 title Blood of Mugwump and Marc Anthony Richardson won the 2015 FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest with his novel Year of the Rat.

Doug Rice's new book Here Lies Memory (Black Scat Books) explores the place of memory in living scarred and sacred lives. Two Pittsburgh families struggle to survive trauma and love. A man wills himself to go blind, not to forget, but to remember in new ways. Another man drinks beer after beer until he can no longer drink away what he must face. This novel reveals what language and photographs do to memory, desire, and love. 

In Marc Anthony Richardson's Year of the Rat (FC2), an artist returns to the dystopian city of his birth to tend to his invalid mother. The nameless protagonist whose rants, reveries, and escapades take him on a Dantesque descent into himself, is torn apart by the lingering memories of a lost love, an incarcerated sibling, a repressed sexuality, and an anarchic inability to support himself. The voice, poetic and profane, ethereal and irreverent, cyclical and succinct, creates a polyphonic patchwork of a family portrait.

This event is made possible by Utah Humanities, FC2, Western Humanities Review, and the University of Utah Creative Writing Program.


The reading period for our innovative fiction contests is open! We are accepting full length fiction manuscripts between 15 August 2016 and 01 November 2016 for publication and cash awards. Complete guidelines and instructions here.

Sheffield & caponegro

We are pleased to announce that Elisabeth Sheffield will judge the 2017 FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest and Mary Caponegro will judge the 2017 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Read about the judges' biographies here. We'll be accepting submissions August through November 2016. [see here for contest guidelines and submission instructions]


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Announcing the 2016 FC2 Innovative Fiction Prize Winners

Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize
Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman
by Aimee Parkison
selected by Stephen Graham Jones

Aimee Parkison is the author of Woman with the Dark Horses (Starcherone 2004), The Innocent Party, (BOA Editions, Ltd., American Reader Series 2012), and The Petals of Your Eyes (Starcherone/Dzanc 2014). Winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, Parkison has taught creative writing at a number of universities, including Cornell University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she was the coordinator of the creative writing program, and Oklahoma State University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing. She has also taught as a visiting faculty member at the International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens, Greece, and as a fiction faculty member at Chautauqua Writers’ Festival. Her recent article, “The Wreckage of Reason: Women Writers of Contemporary Experimental Prose,” appears in the Oct/Nov 2015 issue of AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle magazine.  Parkison has received a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Writers at Work Fellowship, a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from The North American Review, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, and a Hearst Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society. Parkison’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Hayden’s Ferry Review, Five Points, the Laurel Review, The Collagist, So to Speak, Nimrod, The Literary Review, Unstuck, Feminist Studies, Mississippi Review, North American Review, Quarterly West, The Cossack, Cimarron Review, Web Conjunctions, Santa Monica Review, Other Voices, Crab Orchard Review, Fiction International, Seattle Review, Atticus Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Lake Effect, and Denver Quarterly.

Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction contest
A Brief Alphabet of Torture
by Vi Khi Nao
selected by Joanna Ruocco

Vi Khi Nao holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University. Her poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize. In fall 2016, Coffee House Press will publish her novel Fish in Exile.

Sarah Blackman,
Author Spotlight

Sarah Blackman's newest title, Hex, is now available for purchase. Discover the otherworldly Hex in a sneak-peak excerpt here!! Blackman is also the author of Mother Box (FC2). To learn more about Sarah Blackman and her riveting work, browse the collection of links below.

"Feral, Exacting, Radiant" --Hilary Plum interviews Sarah Blackman in Fanzine

"A Terrible Thing" in Web Conjunctions and "New Myths for the Republic of Family Life" in Kenyon Review Online.

Reviews of Mother Box in The Kenyon Review Online (by Gabriel Blackwell) and Bookslut (by Shan Wang).

Stanley Crawford,
Author Spotlight

Stanley Crawford's new novel, Intimacy, is now available for purchase. Intimacy is a brief, intense novel charged with the heightened sense of closeness that comes from watching a man’s last hours. Read more about Intimacy here.

Crawford is also the author of Seed (FC2, 2015). Read a review of Seed by Jesse Kohn in The Rumpus.

"Voices in the Countercurrent" - Stephen Sparks interviews Stanley Crawford in BOMB Magazine.

Reading from Seed - Listen to Stanley Crawford read from Seed at the Vermont Studio Center.

"Stanley Crawford in Correspondence with Noy Holland" in The Believer.

"An Interview with Stanley Crawford," conducted by Sean P. Carroll in Bookslut.

Angela Woodward,
Author Spotlight

Read a sneak peak of Natural Wonders by Angela Woodward here!!

Angela Woodward's Doctorow Prize winning novel, Natural Wonders, is now available for purchase. Woodward is the author of the collections The Human Mind and Origins and Other Stories, and the novel End of the Fire Cult. Check out her recent work in Web Conjunctions and Two Serious Ladies below.

"New Technologies of Reading" in Web Conjunctions.

"Saskatchewan" in Two Serious Ladies.

New Essays
by Melanie Rae Thon

1. "All Life is Love: Silence & Song" 2."Blood on Fire: Notes on The 7th Man" 3."Cracking Consciousness Open: Samuel Beckett, Kurt Cobain, and The Book of Job" 4."Dangerous Discoveries" 5."Early Trouble: Girls in the Grass" 6."Music & Meaning" 7."The Heart Breaks, and Breaks Open: Seven Reasons to Tell a Story in the New Millenium" 8."Troubling the Waters: Judy Ruiz, John Wideman, Lance Olsen, and My Astonishing Students" 9."You Can't Avoid Trouble: First, Body"

And check out the book trailer for here for Thon's brand new FC2 title, Silence & Song.

These Stories
byJessica Lee Richardson

Richardson's It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides is one of our wildest recent publications. Richardson's title is available in print or ebook format here. And don't mis out on watching this awesome book trailer!

For more by Jessica LeeRichardson, go to Pank, Corium, and The Collagist, where she has recently published stories: "Not the Problem," at Pank, "Free Baby" at Corium
, and "Roebling" at The Collagist. And see our exclusive interview with the author here at Making Fiction Making Trouble: an interview with Jessica Lee Richardson.


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