The Berkeley Fiction Review is a UC Berkeley undergraduate, student-run publication. We look for innovative short fiction that plays with form and content, as well as traditionally constructed stories with fresh voices and original ideas. We invite submissions of previously unpublished short stories year-round and publish annually.
We nominate to O. Henry, Best American Short Stories, and Pushcart prizes.
The Berkeley Fiction Review is one of several descendants of UC Berkeley’s Occident literary journal, which was published from 1881 to the 1960s. Established in 1981 by Julia Littleton, Jenne Mowry, Joe Sciallo, and Paul Wedderien, BFR is now UC Berkeley’s oldest prose journal.
In 2012, the Berkeley Fiction Review was named “Best Literary Publication” on campus by the Associated Students of the University of California.
Our DeCal class takes place during both semesters of the school year. Members of the class read submissions for the journal and discuss them in class.
Over the course of the semester we will determine qualities of a good story, as well as learn about the publishing process. The class is graded pass/not pass, and can be taken for 1-2 units. No experience is necessary; all Berkeley students are welcome. We also welcome auditors.
Berkeley students interested in enrolling in our DeCal class can check out our listing here!
Meet Our Team
The Berkeley Fiction Review has two to four managing editors, who oversee a large team of assistant editors divided into multiple departments: Administration, Advertising and Outreach, Distributions, and Magazine. Our design staff create ads and visuals for our journal. Our staff writers write content for our online magazine ranging from book reviews, personal essays, and commentary pieces.
John Michael Cummings
Kenneth J. Emberly
Alisa J. Golden
Michael A. Hollister
G. Davies Jandrey
Jeanne M. Leib
Joyce Carol Oates
W. A. Smith
Berkeley Fiction Review
c/o ASUC Student Union FMO
432 Eshleman, MC 4500
Berkeley, CA 94720
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