"Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river." — Historian Will Durant, 1963


/ FACTshən /

A long-form narrative story steeped in FACTS (Please don't confuse us with the political context of the word faction.)

Faction Magazine is a platform to tell the stories along the river banks. The stories we tell are not about newsmakers, real or manufactured. You’ll find nothing about Kim and Kanye or Ashton and Mila in Faction. We’re interested in unsung heroes, stories about the baker, butcher, barista, barber, bartender. Often we publish stories about untold, lost history — about pivotal characters whose worth has never been given proper due. We run deeply researched profiles that explore the impact our actions have on ourselves and on others. Occasionally, we publish humorous takes on what it means to be living in the dawn of the 21st century. We’re fascinated by how the story is told and from what perspective the teller approaches the telling. We’re not constrained by story-length. To tell stories that are both accurate AND true takes a multitude of words and an uncanny depth of context, and that's why our stories run anywhere from 8,000 to 30,000 words. Length should not be a barrier to telling riveting, complex, and important stories. On the contrary, to tell the whole story requires a set of multiple viewpoints, so that readers can immerse themselves in a narrative that, if successful, addresses issues of who we once were and who we have become. In doing so, we seek through stories to create a greater meaning out of our own lives. We aim to publish six to ten stories a year. Not much, we know. But each story will be superbly told. Each story, we hope, will be like nothing you'll find anywhere else.

November 2014