Our 50th issue is a big deal--and that's not just hype. CNF #50 spans two seasons (Fall and Winter!) and is nearly double the length of a normal issue of Creative Nonfiction.
To celebrate almost 20 years of literary publishing, we've created the ultimate reading experience. This issue serves as an in-depth primer and a kickass introduction for anyone new to the magazine (or the genre), while providing longtime readers with new insight and never-before-told stories about the origins of Creative Nonfiction--and a peek into the future--from founding editor Lee Gutkind.
PLUS: We're bringing out some of our greatest hits. The issue features ten remarkable true stories from our first 50 issues, with new introductions from CNF editors past and present.
It's Creative Nonfiction gold!
Creative Nonfiction #48 features deliciously degenerate stories about sinning in the South, from cheating at pee-wee football to the murderous jealousy of illicit lovers, the perils of shacking up, and the secret pleasures of arson.
All of that (vicarious) sinning calls for a little redemption. In Writers at Work, three authors explore the intersection of literature and healing. Writing isn't therapy--but can it be therapeutic?
Plus: Tiny truths, a nonfiction sestina, and some stories we regret not being able to publish.
Oi, mates—CNF's gone Down Under, and what a world we've discovered! The new essays in this special "Australia" issue cover everything from "bikkies" to bora rings, floods to fires, and Captain Cook to Coober Pedy.
Plus, Geraldine Brooks talks about how her correspondent years inform her fiction; Robert Dessaix praises the pleasures of gossip; guest editor Leah Kaminsky compares creative nonfiction to general medical practice; a survey of Australia's contemporary literary landscape; and more.
Who needs air conditioning? Creative Nonfiction's long-awaited true crime issue, CNF #45, brings a welcome chill to the summer season. Wrapped in a noir-inspired cover are true stories of unsolved murders, grave-robbing, identity theft, abduction, addiction, and more.
This issue also features an Encounter with Erik Larson, as well as columns on our long-standing fascination with true crime; sex worker memoirs; the ethics of writing about violence; legal help for writers; and side gigs for the nonfiction 99%.
Creative Nonfiction #44 features a slew of true stories about navigating unfamiliar terrain: going out into Cairo in niqab; searching for a young man lost in the Grand Canyon; waiting for news about a possible nuclear accident in Ukraine; decoding an invitation in Vietnam; and committing (digital) atrocities in foreign lands.
CNF #44 also explores the line between documentation and exploitation; the legacy of mid-century environmental writers; the small publishing landscape; and the quiet pleasures of quotidian nonfiction.
As much as sex sells, savvy readers also want a well-written narrative. Today’s sex work memoirs are not rote accounts but carefully crafted, first-person stories that explore material well beyond the implied bounds of their dust jacket category. more