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Fiction Canteen is an event to share ideas about your writing, get feedback, be inspired by others’ work, and to meet people through readings and a moderated discussion with the authors and audience. We are hosted by club ausland in Prenzlauer Berg, a long-standing venue in the Berlin literary and music scene. It is a space to grow into the new and to promote voices that may go unheard. Submit your works-in-progress to us or be part of our supportive audience.
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. We choose submissions based on the strength of texts and suitability for a given event. The readings are in English but we’ll soon include German.
Lucy Jones and MC Jabber are the curators and hosts. We are proud to announce Sharon Dodua Otoo as our honorary patron.
Anyone may submit at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Texts of prose/verse, fiction/nonfiction, up to 15 minutes, and ideally unpublished but authors may have previous or forthcoming publications.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 writes short stories, some of which have been published in Berlin’s SAND Journal and the Pigeon Pages NYC.
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.
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