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Submit one creative nonfiction piece (no more than 5,000 words). Shorter works of CNF are also encouraged. No fee.


A few thoughts on what we're looking for:


For creative nonfiction, I look for the hallmarks described by Philip Gerard in Creative Nonfiction:  particularly, an apparent and deeper subject, a well-told story, and the sense that the writer has spent considerable time exploring the subject and making connections outside personal opinion, to fields such as history, philosophy, science, politics, religion, the arts, and other sources—demonstrating real work and fresh insight. CNF involves telling true stories about people and events using narrative techniques, with a careful attention to language. The narrator is involved with the subject, and there is evidence of reflection in the work. Although the work usually involves the narrator's experience and opinions, the story should rise above the personal and speak to a larger truth. Readers want to learn; they also want to feel and care. This category should not be used to submit scholarly articles, reviews, opinion pieces, rants, acts of revenge and other works one of us might regret later, memoir (memoir that does not employ CNF techniques), and other work that doesn't fit this category. There are many markets for them, and no doubt we'll accept work from time to time that seems to defy our criteria, but this is where we stand right now.


Submit CNF for contest at that link (during contest submission periods), not this one. CNF entered here (non-contest) does not need to fit the theme.

Work should be double spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins, with indented paragraphs. Pages should be numbered.

Please be sure to withdraw your work promptly if it is accepted by another publication.



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