Winner: Best Essay Prize, "Mistakes"
Two young women pregnant at the same time by the same man.
Excerpt from Same Time Next Week
Plagued by shame & convinced she shouldn’t be alive, a young mother finds herself pressing a broken cereal bowl into her arm while her children play in the other room. Can an art therapist’s unconventional techniques bring this woman back from the brink?
Insomnia in Lorca's Madrid
I am prey to the nocturnal creaks in my mind and weak to the city creatures that stir at night. I am lonely but not alone. No one is asleep in this city. No one. No one.
The Story Behind "Creative Nonfiction"
For as long as the term creative nonfiction has existed, people have questioned how well the expression captures what writers actually do in the genre, and more than a few have wondered why in heaven’s name we started using the term in the first place.
There’s a lot of waiting going on at CNF, but what we wait for most of all is compelling, informative, enticing narrative essays. Being able to publish great work is what makes all the rest of the waiting worthwhile.
An interview with Leslie Rubinkowski
The CNF mentor & Goucher MFA program director talks about working with writers, the importance of research & knowing when to be a part of the story.
An interview with Hattie Fletcher
CNF's managing editor on the evolution and definition of creative nonfiction; connecting to our communities through first-person stories; not taking rejection personally; and what it’s like to work for a nonprofit literary organization.
An Interview with Elizabeth Amber Rudnick
"There’s a huge gap between the experiences we feel compelled to record and the experiences that stay with us regardless of documentation."
A new collection of narratives about mental illness highlights the struggles and breakthroughs for both patients and therapists more
An interview with Jason Bittel
The freelance science writer on balancing fact and science with humor and creativity; the importance of persistence; and tapping into readers’ sense of wonder.