Editor in Chief

Robert Barton

Fiction Editor

Spenser W. Santos

Consulting Editors
Dr. Matthew Boehm
Orlo Otteson

Advisory Board
Dan Maruska
Brian Close, Esq.
John Lindgren

Web Design and Consulting
Adazing Design

PLEASE NOTE: Best Fiction will decline all stories submitted between June 1 and August 1, 2012. Please submit your fiction after August 1, 2012.

Best Fiction is an online publication of brilliant stories by new, emerging writers alongside the work of established authors. We celebrate authors and their fiction. We nominate published stories for prizes such as the Pushcart Prize.  Consider the following guidelines before submitting a story to Best Fiction for publication:

Stories should be emailed to or submitted using our submission manager: Submit to Best Fiction

Please  include a brief cover letter with submissions. Paper submissions are accepted. Please contact if you wish to submit your story by mail. You may include a story in the text of an email or attach the story with Microsoft Word.

Stories should contain between 1,500 and 7,500 words.

Best Fiction pays a minimum honorarium of $25 US for first electronic and first North American serial rights.

Established authors may negotiate a fee for their stories.

Best Fiction publishes stories on a rolling basis. We will publish a fine story whenever we see one.  Best Fiction aims to publish a miminum of 8 stories per quarter.

Best Fiction publishes short stories.  The editor disregards labels such as ”literary fiction” and “crime fiction”  because they can be misleading. All short stories will be considered for publication.

Best Fiction responds to submissions within 60 days.

Best Fiction seeks photography and art work for publication. If you have a great photo or art work, please contact

Here is a list of twelve of the editor’s favorite authors:

Flannery O’Connor, Daniel Orozco,  Truman Capote,  Ha Jin, Manette Ansay, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Richard, Kazuo Ishiguro, Raymond Carver, Tom Franklin, Anton Chekhov, Stacey Richter.