Deadline: May 31, 2014
Creative Nonfiction is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir.
We’re looking stories that are honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most important—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it’s about you and your life, we want to read it.
Submissions 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 accurate.
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for Best Essay and $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Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.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 “Memoir” issue.
You may submit essays online or by regular mail:
By regular mail Postmark deadline May 31, 2014
Please send your manuscript; a cover letter with complete contact information, including the title of the essay and word count; and an SASE or email for response to:
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Online submission link.