Journal of Experimental Fiction
& Offbeat/Quirky Books

About Us

The Journal of Experimental Fiction was founded in 1986 by novelist Eckhard Gerdes in order to gain wider attention for the incredible innovative fiction writing being done at that time.  JEF has been proud to be able to introduce the reading public to many fresh, original voices in the world of literature, and it continues its ongoing quest to find and introduce such material. JEF also acknowledges the great voices of innovative writing of years past and publishes essays about those voices of innovation. We publish a general fiction issue bi-annually, or thereabouts, as well as introducing new novels to the reading public, novels that most likely would find themselves locked out by the larger presses, who have no time for or interest in innovation anymore and only care about their bottom lines.

Our next anthology, Offbeat/Quirky, is due out by March 15, 2017.  This anthology is also going to inaugurate our new imprint, Offbeat/Quirky Books.   If the anthology does well, we will do another very soon.  Please check back for updates here or on our forthcoming website at You can email us at .

Although our reading period for our series of novels is normally from May 1 to August 31 each year, we are at present committed to a full list of book manuscripts through 2017 and will only be considering new book-length work through the Kenneth Patchen Award competition.  Please check that page for submission details.  But soon we will be open for submissions to both JEF Books and to Offbeat/Quirky Books, so check back!

Eckhard Gerdes
Journal of Experimental Fiction
& Offbeat/Quirky Books
Aurora, Illinois

Thank you for all your support of our publications!

Best wishes,

Eckhard Gerdes
Editor and Publisher

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