Small magazine. Big production.

Help keep True Story going. Support our Kickstarter.

If you're a reader of True Story, then you already know that its small size is a bit deceiving. Every issue fits easily in your back pocket but features a big, sweeping story. These exceptional essays are long—between 5,000 and 10,000 words—and they tackle larger-than-life experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.

But it's not just the stories in each issue of True Story that are big.

Producing a single issue of True Story is a big job that requires a lot of resources. Just take a look at the mini-doc below (which we absolutely love—and highly recommend you watch with the sound on).

To help defer some of the costs of producing True Story (and to expand our readership and subscriber base), we recently launched a Kickstarter.

We're excited to announce that we are fast approaching our goal!

With less than two weeks remaining, we’re more than 80% of the way to our funding goal and have welcomed more than 450 new subscribers to True Story. Woohoo!

If you’ve already backed this campaign—THANK YOU! Your support means the world to us.

Maybe you’re still on the fence, or maybe you just haven’t gotten around to making a pledge yet. We’re offering a friendly nudge in the form of some new rewards (below), which we hope will entice you to become a backer.

Donnie + Joe Emerson's Dreamin’ Wild LP or CD (Light in the Attic reprint + one original pressing!) // The album that inspired True Story #1: “Fruitland.”

Tote Bag // A super roomy cotton canvas bag featuring the chicken illustration from True Story #9: "Resurrection." Big enough that it could easily hold 30 years’ worth of True Story magazines … or, you know, a week’s worth of groceries.

Contributor Book Bundle // Books from True Story contributors Steven Church (#2), Edward McPherson (#5), and Jill Christman (#12). Each one signed by the author.

5-week Online Writing Class // Admission to any one of our 5-week online writing classes offered during 2018.

Manuscript Review with Dinty W. Moore // Get personalized feedback on up to 3,000 words from the founding editor of Brevity magazine. Only 3 available!

We hope you’ll consider making a contribution, and that you'll help us spread the word about the project. We can't do it without you!

And, as always, thank you!
The entire staff here at Creative Nonfiction & True Story

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NOTE: All new subscriptions claimed through this Kickstarter will start with True Story #13: “Beasts among Us” by Erica Berry and Creative Nonfiction #65: "Science & Religion."

Questions? Please email our director of marketing, Stephen Knezovich, at