Fiction Writers Review (FWR) was founded in 2008 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2011. In 2012 it received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. In the fall of 2022, after fourteen years, Fiction Writers Review concluded publication. The organization was formally dissolved in 2023. Dzanc Books now hosts and maintains this site, preserving the archives and the wonderful work that has appeared in these digital pages over the last decade and a half. For this, we are grateful.
Since its founding, Fiction Writers Review’s primary endeavor is the publication of this online literary journal, whose goal is fostering a national conversation about contemporary literature and writing. We believe this serves an important public good because many newspapers and periodicals that used to feature book reviews and author interviews have disappeared, and those that remain have dramatically reduced the number of pages devoted to literature, particularly fiction. As such, there are fewer and fewer serious venues for the discussion of contemporary literature.
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This anonymous information is transmitted to Google, not Fiction Writers Review, and Google is the “Controller,” according to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) terminology. This information is used to create statistical reports on website activity for only our site, which we use to help us optimize content. This is essential for Fiction Writers Review to operate this website for free.
Please also note:
FWR does receive free review copies (solicited and unsolicited) from publishers and authors. Some of these books are reviewed or discussed on our site, but most unsolicited titles are not. You can read more about the FTC’s updated guidelines for endorsements here.
We are a community of writers dedicated to reviewing, recommending, and discussing quality fiction from presses big and small, from writers widely revered and little known–with a particular focus on emerging authors. Our goal is to get writers and readers talking not only about how fiction reads but how it works and why it matters.
As a character in Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence says:
“The story was completely untrue, but the untruth of untrue stories could sometimes be of service in the real world.”
We hereby suspend our disbelief and invite you to do the same.