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Editors’ Most Anticipated: Spring 2021

This Spring, the editorial team at the Berkeley Fiction Review wanted to highlight a selection of upcoming releases that we are especially looking forward to reading and viewing. These selections mean something special to each individual editor, so we hope this list inspires an interest in these works!


His Scaly Self

Gradually, he grew accustomed to his alternate form, to the point that he could forget about it for hours at a time.

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Don’t worry, I said, you’re the sea, and it’s impossible for the sea to drown. There’s nothing big enough for you.

Penis Candles

The hall closet candles are white, ten inches long, and shaped like penises.

The Gallery

Talk to me. Make me feel male.

The Beast of Ballyheige

He was from a generation for whom superstition and folklore were interwoven seamlessly into history.

Picasso to the Rescue

Terrible things have happened. Your expertise is required to set right the unhinging of our world.

Next Stop

I am a connoisseur of places to sit.


We both paused and stared at the screen in time for a bomb to burst, engulfing everything in white.


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Personal Essays

Blue Pills as Always

Across this textured face, I count all the bleeding and irritated spots, hooking onto them with my eyes and making sure that each and every unwanted citizen of a pimple on the once-clear expanse of my face is ingrained in my mind.

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My Unseen World

The Unseen World grapples with this abstract notion: if memories are the fundamental building blocks to a coherent identity, when one loses these memories or memories are distorted —who does this person become? Who are they in relation to you?

Writing in Ten Easy Steps

Step 1: Once you are roused from slumber by thoughts of the monumental task at hand, brew some coffee. If you don’t drink coffee, thoughtfully bob a bag of tea into a cup of microwaved water. Optional: Add alcohol to taste.


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