New Fiction from Mark Hladky

Written By Spenser Santos - Feb• 02•13

Keep an eye on the site tonight for “The Expanse of Independence” by Mark Hladky.mark hladky


Mark Hladky was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he lives with his family. After attending three colleges, he eventually earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh. “The Expanse of Independence” is his first published story.


We would like you to enjoy this story as much as we have, and we welcome Mark to the less frustrating side of publishing.

Introducing The Acrophobe, by Roger Pincus

Written By Spenser Santos - Jan• 18•13

By this time tomorrow, you will be able to read a great new story by Roger Pincus entitled ”TheAcrophobe.” RPincus

Roger Pincus’s short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Natural BridgeSou’westerFifth Wednesday JournalThe South Carolina ReviewPif Magazine, and other literary journals. His short story collection Waking up in the Dark was a finalist for the 2011 St. Lawrence Book Award and his story “Convenience” was selected for recognition in Best American Mystery Stories 2012. He holds an MFA degree in fiction from George Mason University.

We look forward to bringing you this story as we continue to bring new fiction to you throughout the year.

For Your New Year, Take a Journey. Introducing Haj, by Suad Ali.

Written By Spenser Santos - Jan• 06•13

Tomorrow we will bring to you a new story written by Suad Khatab Ali.  SuadKhatabAli



Suad Khatab Ali is a young writer from the United Arab Emirates. She has published in journals throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. Her first English-language novel will be appearing in 2013 from AUC Press.


We welcome Ms. Ali and her story Haj to Bestfiction.

Introducing “Noise” by Sara Backer.

Written By Spenser Santos - Dec• 29•12

Tune in to the site in just a few hours to reade “Noise” by Sara Backer.backer photo

Sara Backer is the author of the novel American Fuji, and her writing has won Djerassi and Norton Island Artist Residencies. Her short stories, creative nonfiction, and poems have appeared in many journals, including PoetryThe Seattle ReviewThe PedestalClockhouse ReviewEllipsisGargoyle, and Cream City Review. Her poems in Conclave and A Minor have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web 2012, and poems are forthcoming in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. She currently lives in New Hampshire, where she teaches writing and leads a reading group at the State men’s prison. For more information (and to view her authentic Japanese stone lantern) visit her website:

An earlier version of “Noise” was published in Pleiades in 1994. Let us welcome this great story to the web.

Introducing a timely holiday story from James Pouilliard

Written By Spenser Santos - Dec• 19•12

Best Fiction is pleased to announce a new story by James Pouilliard.  JPouilliard1012

James Pouilliard, a former trade magazine editor and publisher, lives with his wife in Harwinton, Connecticut. His short stories have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Delmarva Review, Ontologica, and The Quotable. He has published flash fiction in Boston Literary Magazine and at

We are proud to bring to you “Limbo.”


New Fiction for Fall

Written By Spenser Santos - Nov• 20•12

Bestfiction is pleased to announce new fiction for the fall. In the coming weeks you will have the pleasure of reading “Limbo,” by James Pouilliard; “Haj,” by Suad Khatab Ali; “Noise,” by Sara Backer; “Symphony of Dreams,” by Ryan Jones; “The Acrophobe,” by Roger Pincus; and “The Expanse of Independence,” by Mark Hladky.

Join us over the coming weeks for a new batch of great stories.  We couldn’t have put together a better group for your post-turkey consumption.


New Art by Rusty Kjarvik

Written By Spenser Santos - Nov• 20•12

Best Fiction will publish new art by Rusty Kjarvik.

The pieces “Mountain Reflection on Cyclical Wordplay,” “Manuscript Cartography,” “Towers of Columbia Diptych,” “Sketches of Style on Open Air,” and “Present Sound, Silent Space” are part of a broader movement blending the literary and visual arts called Asemic Writing.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, post-literature artist Rusty Kjarvik first exhibited works at Cultural Intersection 2012, celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Calgary Multicultural Centre at Endeavor Arts Gallery. Kjarvik’s works have appeared in over ten online galleries, literary journals and print publications this year, including The New Post-Literate: A Gallery of Asemic Writing, Baltimore Review, Blue Lyra Review, scissors & spackle, In Stereo Press, Eskimo Pie, and Outward Link. Limited edition photo canvas prints of “Mountain Reflection on Cyclical Wordplay” and “Present Sound, Silent Space” are available upon request to the artist at, and also from Kjarvik’s writing and arts blog

Best Fiction is pleased to display Rusty’s breathtaking artwork to our readers.

Tally-ho! Fire the Presses! Best Fiction is Going to Ink.

Written By Robert Barton - Aug• 09•12

Best Fiction is pleased to announce that our fine authors will find space on paper in a fine print publication. On September 1, the staff will accept new stories for consideration.

Our first year was highly successful thanks to your interest and submissions. Excellent stories by numerous prized authors augmented the wonderful stories by newcomers.

Thank you for supporting Best Fiction. This year, we will publish online as well as in print.



New Story by the Acclaimed Alison Baker

Written By Robert Barton - Apr• 17•12

Best Fiction has published a new story by Alison Baker.

Alison Baker is the author of two short story collections, Loving Wanda Beaver and How I Came West, and Why I Stayed; each was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has received several O. Henry Awards, including First Prize, and her story “Happy Hour,” which appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.
Her fiction, essays and poetry also have appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, New Letters, Orion Nature Quarterly, Shenandoah, Threepenny Review, Gettysburg Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others, and in a number of anthologies. Her stories have been featured on Selected Shorts at New York’s Symphony Space and dramatized for stage in Seattle, San Francisco, and Takoma Park, Maryland.

Best Fiction is pleased to introduce her newest work, which may be her best work.

The Wonderful Fiction of Susan Levi Wallach

Written By Robert Barton - Mar• 09•12
Photograph by Christopher Aluka Berry

       Best Fiction has published Pool by Susan Levi Wallach.

Susan Levi Wallach completed an MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2011. Her short stories have appeared in Fogged Clarity, Stone’s Throw, and Monarch Review; her articles in a number of theatre, technology, and military publications; her poems in emails to her children. She won the Keith D. Ware Journalism Award from the Department of Defense in 2003; her novel-in-progress was short listed in last year’s Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. She is a freelance copyeditor.

Best Fiction is pleased to showcase the work of Susan Levi Wallach. “Pool” is an example of perfect short fiction.