We’re kicking off Giving Tuesday early this year! Your donation today will be matched up to $10K, doubling your impact! If you donate $50 today, the Reader will receive $100.

The Reader is now a community-funded nonprofit newsroom. Can we count on your support to help keep us publishing?

In January the Reader will publish its 12th Pure Fiction issue—a collection of short stories from local fiction writers paired with illustrations by local artists.

We’re honored that Goldie Goldbloom has agreed to be our guest judge.

We’ll take submissions from now until November 29. Send to fiction@chicagoreader.com. We prefer text pasted into e-mail rather than attachments. To a degree we’re flexible on length, but up to 3,000 words is preferred. We pay for those we publish.

Browse our fiction issue archive, which includes fantastic contributions both from out of the blue and from some names you might recognize.