True Stories, Well Told

Accepted Year-Round

We read general submissions year-round and are open to all subjects and forms. Whatever your story is, we want to hear it!


  • Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, 4,500 words maximum (please note word count on the manuscript itself). We’re very sorry, but we can’t consider work that has been previously published.
  • Please send the complete essay, along with a cover letter with complete contact information (your name, address, email, etc.), as well as the title of the piece and word count. It’s also helpful if you include your name and the title of the piece on every page of the submission, particularly if you’re mailing in a hard copy.
  • If you’d like to receive your manuscript back, please include an envelope with sufficient postage; otherwise, we will send our response via email.
  • Because of our lengthy reading process, we do accept simultaneous submissions, though we hope you’ll let us know as soon as your submission is accepted elsewhere.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail
Please send manuscript to:

        Creative Nonfiction
        5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
        Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Online ($3 convenience fee)