True Story

Accepted Year-Round

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is pleased to announce that, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we’ve started a new monthly magazine. Each issue of True Story will features one exceptional work of creative nonfiction, and is distributed in print and digitally (though not available online).

Submissions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject, in any style.* Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work.

We’ll pay $300 on publication and give you 10 free copies of “your” issue.

We’ll do our best to respond to submissions within three months. We can’t promise to consider work submitted for True Story for any of CNF’s other projects or publications—but we reserve the right to do so.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 10,000 words. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States. You may submit essays online or by regular mail.

By regular mail 
Please send your manuscript; a cover letter with complete contact information, including the title of the essay and word count; and an SASE or email address for response to:

True Story
c/o Creative Nonfiction Foundation
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

OnlineUpload submissions here >>
There is a $3 convenience fee to submit online.
Or, we're offering a submit-and-subscribe rate: $18 covers your submission fee and gets you a print subscription to a year of True Story (price for US mailing addresses, international prices vary). The convenience fee is waived for current subscribers to True Story.

 

*N.B.: originally the posted word count guideline was 3,500 - 7,000 words. As we've designed and developed the magazine, we have realized our target word count is probably a bit higher. But due to the nature of the magazine, we have a lot of flexibility; if you have something terrific, we'd love to read it, regardless of word count.