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Opportunities for Writers

Submission Guidelines

Unlike many magazines, Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions. Our editors believe that providing a platform for emerging writers and helping them find readers is an essential role of literary magazines, and it’s been our privilege to work with many fine writers early in their careers. A typical issue of CNF contains at least one essay by a previously unpublished writer.

We’re open to all types of creative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir.

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Internships and Volunteer Positions

Creative Nonfiction offers internship positions three times a yearwith positions starting in January, May, and September. Our goal is to provide interns with the opportunity to learn new skills and gain essential experience in the world of literary publishing.

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Funded Opportunities


The Creative Nonfiction Writers Fellowship

A ten-part intensive workshop series for ten experienced nonfiction writers. Hone your craft, expand your professional development skills, and find inspiration to tackle more ambitious stories while building a community of support in this advanced workshop series. Learn more »

Writing Away the Stigma

A series of workshops and events for people who want to write about how mental illness has affected their lives. Learn more »

Writing Pittsburgh

The Writing Pittsburgh series is an opportunity for Pittsburgh writers to share their stories about the city with a national audience, and its fellowship is an opportunity to learn about small press publishing from the inside. Learn more »



CNF in the Classroom

Creative Nonfiction's books, back issues, and magazines are a great classroom resource for teachers. We offer discounts on bulk subscriptions and classroom orders.

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Advertise with Creative Nonfiction

Advertising with CNF is an excellent way to reach a highly targeted audience of nonfiction readers and writers nationwide and abroad. Affordable advertising options are available both in the quarterly print magazine and our monthly e-newsletter.

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Support Creative Nonfiction

You might think of Creative Nonfiction primarily as a publisher—and certainly we consider Creative Nonfiction and our other publications to be among our most visible and essential programs—but the heart of our mission is inspiring and supporting writers of true stories. Help us help writers. 

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