SPECIAL ISSUE AND CONTEST: SOUTHERN SIN
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Creative Nonfiction and the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers
Conference Workshop are looking for essays that capture the South
in all its steamy sinfulness--whether you're skipping church to watch
football, coveting your neighbor's Real Housewife of Atlanta, or just
drinking an unholy amount of sweet tea. Confess your own wrongdoings,
gossip about your neighbor's depravity, or tell us about your personal
connection to a famous Southerner headed down the broad road to Hell.
Whether the sin you discuss is deadly or just something that would make
your mama blush we want to hear about it in an essay that is at least
partially narrative--employing scenes, descriptions, etc.
Your essay can channel William Faulkner or Flannery O'Connor, Alice
Walker or Rick Bragg; it can be serious, humorous, or somewhere in
between, but all essays must tell true stories, and must incorporate
both sin and the South in some way.
Usually the wages of sin is death, but this time we're making an
exception. The selected essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction
#47, and CNF and Oxford will be awarding $5000 for Best Essay.
There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a
4-issue CNF subscription--U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are
welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though due to
shipping costs, the subscription deal is not valid).
Guidelines to submit by mail:
Essays must be unpublished, 4,000 words maximum, postmarked by May 28,
2012 July 31, 2012, and clearly marked "Southern Sin" on both the essay
and the outside of the envelope. Please send manuscript, accompanied by a
cover letter with complete contact information including the title of
the essay, word count, SASE and payment to:
Attn: Southern Sin
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
To submit electronically, go here.