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Three Reasons to support Eclectica Magazine's 20th Anniversary anthologies

All the arguments you hear during National Public Radio fundraising drives apply here.

These poems, stories, and nonfiction pieces, individually and collected, really are exceptional.

You are a maverick, a visionary, and a true patron of the arts.


What some folks have had to say about the original Eclectica Best Fiction

"It had to happen: the Web is re-birthing the Short Story. Web stories are leaner, snappier, sexier, and their afterglow lasts longer. They have to be captivating, mysterious, erotic, and ultra-hip. These stories from Eclectica are path-blazers. Now that they are in a book, old-fashioned readers can also delight in their startling freshness."

—ANDREI CODRESCU is the publisher of Exquisite Corpse, where the web-story also thrives.

"This work stands as proof that the Internet is now producing fiction the talent, originality, and polish of which rivals and often exceeds that in most 'print' magazines and journals. It is overall superb."

—JAMES PURDY is an artist and the author of over fifty volumes of fiction, drama, and poetry.

"What an extraordinary book of short fiction... a kind of roadmap showing where such work has been and where it may be going. Some is true narrative; some is pure mood and tone that sits in itself quiet as a bird's nest. But none of these voices are boring or mutilated by self-satisfaction. Rather, they tremble with life and a vision of tomorrow."

—HARRY CREWS is the author of 15 novels and was the namesake for the 1980's band featuring Kim Gordon.

"This is a rare collection of stories, a revelation of new talents."

—DEBRA MAGPIE EARLING is the author of Perma Red, a book Sherman Alexie called the "Rosetta Stone" of Native American literature.


Reader Response

Well, I've read the collection and I can't remember the last time I've been so impressed by an anthology of short stories, by the range and sheer overall quality of the collection. I did exactly as predicted and glanced through the list of contributors to see if I knew anyone and found two people I've been published alongside, Carolyn Steele Agosta and Alex Keegan; perhaps equally predictably I loved Carolyn's and enjoyed Alex's (one of the most varied writers I know). I have other favourites, there are even a couple I didn't much like, but I won't name names because what counts with something like this is not only the individual story but the sense of a whole that comes from inspired and dedicated editing, both gift and graft. I've been away and not had a chance to look at the summer issue online but I'm looking forward to it. My congratulations and thanks. Keep up the good work. —Charles Lambert, Italy


Recognized by IPPY (May 2004)

Eclectica Best Fiction Volume One was named a finalist for the Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY) in the Short Story Fiction category! Congratulations to the winner, McSweeny's 11 (McSweeny's Quarterly), and the other finalist, Grasslands, by Michael Hetherton (Coteau Books).