Welcome to the archives of The Big Ugly Review, a lit and art zine that published from 2004 to 2007 in San Francisco. Thanks to all of our readers and contributors who made The Big Ugly Review such a great place for stories, films, music and photography. Thanks also to the people who made it happen over the years: Founding Co-editor Nigel French, Poetry Editor Miriam Pirone, Editorial Assistant Jaynel Attolini, and Web Designers Jonas Parr and Sez Juilian. Spend some time exploring our archives. You'll find gems in every issue. — Elizabeth Stix, Editor

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Issue 1: The First Time

The premiere Big Ugly Review looks at launches, debuts, rocky and triumphant starts.

Issue 2: Broken Things

Picking up the pieces, shaking what doesn't work anymore to see if it's really kaput.

Issue 3: Maps

Losing yourself in the world, and trying to find your way back.

Issue 4: Hidden Agendas

Apparently our readers have lots to hide, because we got hundreds of great submissions for The Hidden Agendas Issue. We're very excited about what we have for you inside.

Issue 5: The Contest Issue

This issue was a "first time" for us in many ways. It was our first contest - each category of The Contest Issue had a different judge and the winner took home a prize, and the theme was a free-for-all.

Issue 6: The Body Issue

Admit it. We look fantastic. I mean, just look at us! We're still big and we're still ugly, but my God. We can hardly stop looking at ourselves.

Fight Or Flight

Issue 7: Fight Or Flight

Get ready for some great writing about fights and flights, and that unnerving gray area in between.