Deadline: November 1, 2013
For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about
mistakes—major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful.
We’re looking for stories about poor decisions, missteps, or
miscalculations; we want to read about embarrassing boo-boos, dangerous
misjudgments, or fortuitous faux pas in well-crafted stories that
explore the nature and outcomes of human fallibility.
Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and
compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and
reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper
meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a
distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay & $500 for runner-up.
Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than
4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to
include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction—US submitters
only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from
outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer
the subscription deal). All essays will be considered for publication in
a special "Mistakes" issue.
You may submit essays online or by regular mail:
By regular mail Postmark deadline November 1, 2013
Please send manuscript, accompanied by cover letter with complete
contact information including the title of the essay and word count;
SASE or email for response; and payment to:
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Online Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST November 1, 2013
To submit, please click the appropriate link: https://creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/21737 (reading fee and subscription)
https://creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/21736 (reading fee only)