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To submit your work, send a Word document as attachment to: fictioncanteen(at)gmail(dot)com along with a brief description of who you are.

Fiction Canteen is an event to share ideas about your writing, get feedback, be inspired by others’ texts, and take part in a compered discussion with the audience. It is a space to grow into the new and to promote voices that may go unheard. Submit your works-in-progress to us! We are hosted by club ausland in Prenzlauer Berg, a long-standing venue in the Berlin literary and music scene. 

We look for strong, original voices. We support and include authors who identify as LGBTQI*, as well as writers of colour, and those with different physical abilities. This does not mean that you can only submit texts if you feel addressed by these categories. It does mean that we perceive a need to redress an imbalance in the Berlin literary scene.

Lucy Jones and MC Jabber are the curators and hosts. We are proud to announce Sharon Dodua Otoo as our honorary patron.

Do you want to get involved behind the scenes? Are you a social media expert? Do you want to help out at events? Are you a graphic designer or a web programmer? Then please get in touch: fictioncanteen@gmail.com


Anyone may submit at any time to fictioncanteen@gmail.com.

Up to 4 readers are announced before a bimonthly event via social media and our newsletter. 

Texts of prose/verse, fiction/nonfiction, up to 15 minutes, and ideally unpublished but authors may have previous or forthcoming publications.

Who we are

Lucy Jones is from Britain and has lived in Berlin since 1998. She translates German fiction and co-manages the translators’ collective Transfiction. She translates fiction and journalism, and writes short stories, some of which have been published in Berlin’s SAND Journal and the Pigeon Pages NYC, who nominated her for a Pushcart Prize in 2018.

MC Jabber (Scott Martingell) is an English native speaker living in Berlin. He was born in South London in 1966, is a voice actor for cartoon films, audiobooks and commercials and performs as a singer and poet. He won the first UK National Poetry Slam in 1995, the first Glastonbury Festival Poetry Slam in 1996, and the International SLAM! Revue in 2006. From 1999 to 2008 he was a vocalist in the Danish band Blue Foundation.

Radio interview on B:EAST Berlin (from 10′:31”):

Fiction Canteen is a member of the nflb and  Unabhängige Lesereihen

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