The Best Literary Fiction Blogs & Websites

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Earlier this fall, I was asked for a list of the best blogs and websites focused on literary fiction and culture. While I knew of a few, I put the question to my social network, and was able to curate the following list.

If I’ve missed any sites that deserve consideration, please let me know your favorites in the comments, and I’ll consider expanding the list. (Note: I have deliberately excluded well-known traditional media, e.g., Publishers Weekly, New York Times, etc.)

Best Literary Fiction Blogs & Websites

  • Bookslut. One of the oldest and best places to find out about new books and literary news, by Jessa Crispin. Twitter: @thebookslut
  • Bonus #2: If you love literary culture AND mass media: The Awl
Add your suggestions and thoughts in the comments.

 


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Jane Friedman
Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. From 2001–2010 she worked at Writer's Digest, where she ultimately became publisher; more recently, she was an editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review, where she led digital strategy. Jane currently teaches writing and publishing at the University of Virginia and is a columnist for Publishers Weekly. The Great Courses just released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (2017). Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.
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4 years 2 months ago

Thanks for this very useful list!

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4 years 2 months ago

Hi Jane, 
Have a look at this blog site http://middlestage.blogspot.com/  
Chandrahas is the author of the novel Arzee the Dwarf and this blog is rich in its collection of essays and book reviews of Indian and International literary fiction.  

4 years 2 months ago

Hi Jane, 
Have a look at this blog site http://middlestage.blogspot.co…  
Chandrahas is the author of the novel Arzee the Dwarf and this blog is rich in its collection of essays and book reviews of Indian and International literary fiction.

4 years 2 months ago

Electric Literature’s The Outlet is a great blog…

Jamescappio3
4 years 2 months ago

You missed Reluctant Habits (www.edrants.com); in the same league with Maud Newton and Bookslut, plus a long-running series of podcasts with major contemporary writers.

Brooks
4 years 2 months ago

I’m a big fan of biblioklept (http://biblioklept.org/) and Conversational Reading (http://conversationalreading.com/)

Naysue
4 years 2 months ago

Black Girl Lost in a Book is a blog worth viewing: http://naysue.wordpress.com/  :-)

Mark Broms
4 years 2 months ago

I really enjoy Jennifer Dawson @ http://literallife.wordpress.com/ 
Twitter:@twitter-81817496:disqus @@BookishJoJo:disqus 
 
She is a great reviewer, has long had her finger on the pulse of who and what is new, especially in Canada.

She is also founder/moderator of the hippest group on Goodreads – Bookish http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/31981.Bookish

4 years 2 months ago

I’ll second the vote for Biblioklept (http://www.biblioklept.org), with great taste and a big brain.  My staple remains Wood s Lot (http://web.ncf.ca/ek867/wood_s_lot.html), as this guy’s brain is of truly enviable size.

Robin Mizell
4 years 2 months ago

I just learned of Let’s Get Critical, “a hand-picked site of cultural criticism, essays and reviews,” which looks like it will be a good one to follow.

4 years 2 months ago
Florence Fois
4 years 2 months ago

Thank you for this list, Jane. I get the complete list of lit. journals and small press from Poets&Writers, but they have yet to list the lit. blogs. Great resource to have for any writer :)

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4 years 2 months ago

Emerging Writers Network. Features, namely, new short stories, but also covers new novels as well. Excellent community.

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Matthew Specktor
4 years 2 months ago

You missed the Los Angeles Review of Books, of course. But otherwise and besides…nice list.

Anonymous
4 years 2 months ago

Great list! Also suggest TheMorningNews.com and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. http://www.mcsweeneys.net/tendency

4 years 2 months ago

Fabulous list. How about Late Night Library? This site is devoted to new voices in fiction and poetry. http://www.latenightlibrary.org

DW
4 years 2 months ago

The Nervous Breakdown is a great site. 

But no Beatdom? :(

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4 years 1 month ago

Thank you for posting this list. I am now following We Who Are About to Die. It’s always good to read what other people are doing in the literary world.
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3 years 11 months ago

Great list. Also checkout http://www.downrightfiction.com/  it’s a relatively new site but it focus on new literary voices.

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7 months 6 days ago

Very useful list — I’ll suggest Best New Fiction as well (http://bestnewfiction.wordpress.com) It’s a site set up by Queens MFA grads to celebrate the some of the most exciting current fiction.

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