The 2016 Fiction Issue

'Your Character'

Forty different ways writers torture their characters.
Deb Olin Unferth
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'The Grave Bench'

A writer struggles to get a hold of the story of his grandmother-in-law's Christmas wish, for a bench that will sit by her tombstone.
Ben Stroud
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'Derek Jeter,' a Story by Thessaly La Force

Two young women in the fashion industry try to keep their heads above water, whether it's by dating rich guys or stealing clothes from the magazine where they work.
Thessaly La Force
The 2016 Fiction Issue

A Story from Roxane Gay's Upcoming Collection, 'Difficult Women'

A girl goes with her father to see his mistress regularly. When her father dies, she pays the mistress one last visit and learns something surprising.
Roxane Gay
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'A Paraguayan Getaway,' a Short Story by Christine Smallwood

A woman in Buenos Aires starts sleeping with an effete American. Together they get away to Paraguay, where the man's naïveté and weakness is laid bare.
Christine Smallwood
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'A Fair Price,' a Short Story by Joshua Ferris

A man heading into adulthood and marriage hires a day laborer to help him move his things out of storage. But the day laborer bears a resemblance to the young man's abusive stepfather, and miscommunications between the two escalate to violence.
Joshua Ferris
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'I Don't Know What I Did Last Summer'

A love triangle between a Danish Poet, a Danish Artist, and a cool young woman who may be a little too smart for her own good.
Kaitlin Phillips
The 2016 Fiction Issue


The narrator recounts six brushes with rape in college. In short troubling episodes, he describes things he heard and victims he met—both accuser and accused.
Rafil Kroll-Zaidi
The 2016 Fiction Issue

'Love Stories' by Ottessa Moshfegh

Power oscillates between a man and woman who are trying to make something happen, but can never quite get there.
Ottessa Moshfegh
The 2016 Fiction Issue

VICE Magazine's Tenth Annual Fiction Issue Is Now Online

Ten years ago, it felt like there were a lot of big magazines publishing fiction. In 2016, we are one of the few magazines that still publishes fiction in almost every issue, in addition to this, our yearly fiction issue. That's something.
Amie Barrodale and Clancy Martin