Creative nonfiction, all kinds

Surprise us!

For upcoming issues of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re considering manuscripts on any subject, in any style. Surprise us!

We’re especially interested in work that pushes at the boundaries of the form. We love personal narratives, of course, but we’d love to see more:

  • lyric essays and experimental work (however you define that);
  • medical and science narratives;
  • journalistic pieces;
  • historical narratives with modern resonance;
  • stories from outside the United States;
  • and work that makes us laugh while tackling the serious business of life.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States.

Deadline for submissions: 11:59 pm EDT, Monday, May 18, 2020.

Upload submissions here.

Free submission (current subscribers only) here.

Fees: $3 fee to submit online, or free for current subscribers. Not a subscriber? Add a discounted 1-year print subscription to Creative Nonfiction ($25) or True Story ($18) when you submit.* Subscribers never pay a submission fee.

* Pricing is for US mailing addresses—international prices vary. During the submission process, the subscription rates will be reflected as a $3 convenience fee, plus an additional fee for selected Creative Nonfiction ($22) or True Story ($15) subscriptions.