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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. Texts should be unpublished and preferably ‘in progress’. The aim is to get a discussion going based your text and about writing in general.

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. Writers read their texts-in-progress and the audience listens and comments at the end. We are hosted by the Lettrétage in Veteranenstraße, Berlin.

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 is the curator and moderator. 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.

Two readers are announced at our events 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Texts of prose/verse, fiction/nonfiction, up to 15 minutes, and ideally unpublished but authors may have previous or forthcoming publications.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 translates German fiction including by the authors Anke Stelling, Theresia Enzensberger, Brigitte Reimann, Annemarie Schwarzenbach and Ronald Schernikau, and co-manages the Berlin collective Transfiction. She also translates 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.

Various guest moderators are invited to each event. Check our events page for details.

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

Fiction Canteen is a member of the nflb and  Unabhängige Lesereihen

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