Happy summer, dear readers and authors!

We would like to again congratulate those who were published in Issue 37 this year, and thank everyone for their support.

As we are an entirely student-run journal, we would also like to remind you that we will not be reading submissions during the summer, and will start again in September, Fall 2017, during the academic school year. Please know that while we are happy to receive your summer submissions, you will not receive any responses until September.

May your summers be full of creativity, productivity, and sensitivity! Happy writing, everyone.

— Alagia Cirolia, Managing Editor

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The staff of the Berkeley Fiction Review is pleased to announce the winners of our 20th Annual Sudden Fiction Contest!

Their work is featured in the current issue of the Berkeley Fiction Review.

Visit our Current Issue page to see a glimpse of Issue 36, attend our Release Party on Tuesday May 3rd at Caffe Mediterraneum (2475 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704), or visit our Order page to purchase your own copy today!


First Place:

“A Glass Half (Full)” by Athena Scott

Second Place:

“Green Onions” by S.C. Lewis

Third Place:

“DIY Novel” by JD Mader

Honorable Mention:

“Cherry” by Dylan Gallagher

The staff of the Berkeley Fiction Review is pleased to announce the winners of our 19th Annual Sudden Fiction Contest!

Their work is featured in the current issue of the Berkeley Fiction Review.

Visit our Current Issue page to see a glimpse of Issue 35, or visit our Order page to purchase your own copy today!


First Place:

“The Early Departure of Cameron Bailey” by Aaron Sommers

Second Place:

“Where Have All the Boys Gone?” by Kathleen Lane

Third Place:

“5150” by Mallory McMahon

Honorable Mentions:

“Your Tragedy is Important to Us” by Ryan Habermeyer

“Vacate” by Georgia Peppé

“Ballerina” by Leidy Nallely Villarreal Salazar

Looking for new outlets for your writing or art? Check out Synchronized Chaos!  They are an international monthly web magazine welcoming submissions of all genres of writing as well as visual art.

They especially welcome those contributors who may not yet have found a home for their work in the publishing world, who prefer the process of creating to the process of selling and promoting their work.

Find them online at www.synchchaos.com and people may submit work to synchchaos@gmail.com. They’ve got a ton of unique poetry, travel essays, and visual art–a bit of something for everyone.

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Sync Chaos blog