Fiction Genre List

Sorry for the late update. Monday was a hectic day for me. I decided to makes this whole week about discussing genre. When you’re an author and you’ve just finished that book, the next part is to decide exactly what kind of genre it is. Many books don’t fit in any genre specifically, so you just have to settle with what you book fits in best. Everyday of the week I’m going to post the common genres and their sub-genres and tell you what they mean. Tomorrow, I’ll start with my book’s genre, Science Fiction.

For today, I’m going to show you all the BISAC genres for fiction. Or you can just go to the link here:

https://www.bisg.org/bisac-subject-headings-list-fiction

FIC000000 FICTION / General
FIC002000 FICTION / Action & Adventure
FICTION / Adventure see Action & Adventure
FIC049000 FICTION / African American / General
FIC049010 FICTION / African American / Christian
FIC049020 FICTION / African American / Contemporary Women
FIC049030 FICTION / African American / Erotica
FIC049040 FICTION / African American / Historical
FIC049050 FICTION / African American / Mystery & Detective
FIC049070 FICTION / African American / Urban
FIC040000 FICTION / Alternative History
FIC053000 FICTION / Amish & Mennonite
FIC003000 FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)
FIC054000 FICTION / Asian American
FIC041000 FICTION / Biographical
FIC060000 FICTION / Black Humor
FIC042000 FICTION / Christian / General
FIC042010 FICTION / Christian / Classic & Allegory
FIC042050 FICTION / Christian / Collections & Anthologies
FIC042080 FICTION / Christian / Fantasy
FIC042020 FICTION / Christian / Futuristic
FIC042030 FICTION / Christian / Historical
FIC042040 FICTION / Christian / Romance
FIC042060 FICTION / Christian / Suspense
FIC042070 FICTION / Christian / Western
FIC004000 FICTION / Classics
FIC043000 FICTION / Coming of Age
FIC044000 FICTION / Contemporary Women
FIC050000 FICTION / Crime
FIC051000 FICTION / Cultural Heritage
FIC055000 FICTION / Dystopian
FIC005000 FICTION / Erotica / General
FIC005010 FICTION / Erotica / BDSM *
FIC005020 FICTION / Erotica / Collections & Anthologies *
FIC005030 FICTION / Erotica / Gay *
FIC005040 FICTION / Erotica / Lesbian *
FIC005050 FICTION / Erotica / Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror *
FIC005060 FICTION / Erotica / Traditional Victorian *
FIC010000 FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
FIC045000 FICTION / Family Life
FICTION / Family Saga see Sagas
FIC009000 FICTION / Fantasy / General
FIC009040 FICTION / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies
FIC009010 FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
FIC009070 FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
FIC009020 FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
FIC009030 FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
FIC009080 FICTION / Fantasy / Humorous *
FIC009050 FICTION / Fantasy / Paranormal
FIC009060 FICTION / Fantasy / Urban
FICTION / Folklore see Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
FIC011000 FICTION / Gay
FIC012000 FICTION / Ghost
FIC027040 FICTION / Gothic
FICTION / Graphic Novels see headings under COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
FIC056000 FICTION / Hispanic & Latino
FIC014000 FICTION / Historical
FIC058000 FICTION / Holidays
FIC015000 FICTION / Horror
FIC016000 FICTION / Humorous
FIC046000 FICTION / Jewish
FIC034000 FICTION / Legal
FIC018000 FICTION / Lesbian
FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC061000 FICTION / Magical Realism
FIC05700 FICTION / Mashups
FIC021000 FICTION / Media Tie-In
FIC035000 FICTION / Medical
FICTION / Metaphysical see Visionary & Metaphysical
FIC022000 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
FIC022100 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth *
FIC022050 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies
FIC022070 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
FIC022010 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
FIC022060 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
FIC022080 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
FIC022020 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
FIC022090 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
FIC022030 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
FIC022040 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
FICTION / Mythology see Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
FIC059000 FICTION / Native American & Aboriginal
FIC062000 FICTION / Noir
FIC024000 FICTION / Occult & Supernatural
FIC037000 FICTION / Political
FIC025000 FICTION / Psychological
FIC026000 FICTION / Religious
FIC027000 FICTION / Romance / General
FIC027260 FICTION / Romance / Action & Adventure *
FIC049060 FICTION / Romance / African American
FIC027270 FICTION / Romance / Clean & Wholesome *
FIC027080 FICTION / Romance / Collections & Anthologies
FIC027020 FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
FIC027010 FICTION / Romance / Erotica
FIC027030 FICTION / Romance / Fantasy
FIC027190 FICTION / Romance / Gay
FIC027050 FICTION / Romance / Historical / General
FIC027140 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Ancient World
FIC027150 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Medieval
FIC027070 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Regency
FIC027160 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Scottish
FIC027200 FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
FIC027170 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Victorian
FIC027180 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Viking
FIC027210 FICTION / Romance / Lesbian
FIC027220 FICTION / Romance / Military
FIC027230 FICTION / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
FIC027240 FICTION / Romance / New Adult
FIC027120 FICTION / Romance / Paranormal
FIC027250 FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy
FIC027130 FICTION / Romance / Science Fiction
FIC027110 FICTION / Romance / Suspense
FIC027090 FICTION / Romance / Time Travel
FIC027100 FICTION / Romance / Western
FIC008000 FICTION / Sagas
FIC052000 FICTION / Satire
FIC028000 FICTION / Science Fiction / General
FIC028010 FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
FIC028090 FICTION / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
FIC028070 FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
FICTION / Science Fiction / Alternative History see Alternative History
FIC028040 FICTION / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
FIC028100 FICTION / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk
FIC028110 FICTION / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering
FIC028020 FICTION / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction
FIC028050 FICTION / Science Fiction / Military
FIC028030 FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera
FIC028060 FICTION / Science Fiction / Steampunk
FIC028080 FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel
FIC047000 FICTION / Sea Stories
FICTION / Short Stories (multiple authors) see Anthologies (multiple authors)
FIC029000 FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
FIC038000 FICTION / Sports
FIC063000 FICTION / Superheroes
FICTION / Television Tie-in see Media Tie-In
FIC031000 FICTION / Thrillers / General
FIC031010 FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
FIC006000 FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage
FIC031020 FICTION / Thrillers / Historical
FIC031030 FICTION / Thrillers / Legal
FIC031040 FICTION / Thrillers / Medical
FIC031050 FICTION / Thrillers / Military
FIC031060 FICTION / Thrillers / Political
FIC031080 FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological *
FIC031070 FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural
FIC030000 FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
FIC036000 FICTION / Thrillers / Technological
FIC048000 FICTION / Urban
FIC039000 FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical
FIC032000 FICTION / War & Military
FIC033000 FICTION / Westerns
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