Ends on November 21, 2017

Creative Nonfiction’s general internship offers graduate, undergraduate, and post-graduate individuals the opportunity to learn new skills while providing experience working in the realm of literary publishing. Because our office is small, interns often can become involved with various projects and gain an understanding of all aspects of running an independent literary organization. 

Typical tasks include managing incoming submissions, corresponding with writers and subscribers, filling customer orders, basic office tasks, fact-checking and research, data management, and a variety of other tasks that vary depending on current CNF projects. Please note: Much of the work performed by our interns and volunteers is not glamorous, but is vital. 

We value quality of work over quickness, but interns and volunteers should have the ability to multitask, work between multiple projects, and change directions often. Applicants should display strong research skills, an attention to detail, a willingness to learn, and creativity. 


We offer one or two unpaid internships and/or volunteer positions per semester and require at least a 15 hour-per-week commitment. We can generally work with interns to schedule around other jobs or commitments.

Prospective candidates should have at least completed their junior year of college; applicants are encouraged to work with their school to get credit. 

If you would like to be considered for a general internship, during the months of January to May, submit a cover letter, CV, and brief writing sample. Please upload your information as a Word file, pdf, or link.

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability.

Application Due by November 21st, 2017
Ends on November 30, 2017
Creative Nonfiction's education program is looking for a conference intern to help with the planning and execution of our sixth annual conference, to be held May 24-26, 2018 (Memorial Day weekend). Ideal candidates will have a background in event planning, social media promotion, and/or marketing; however, all candidates with an interest in publishing and literature are welcome to apply. The internship will run from early January through early June and will require a time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week (though more hours will be needed in the 2 weeks preceding the event). Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume or digital portfolio with two references, and must be available from 8 am to 9 pm during the 2.5 days of the conference. Please upload your information as a Word file, pdf, or link.



Ends on November 30, 2017

Creative Nonfiction Foundation is accepting applications for a design intern. This is an opportunity to gain real-world experience while learning how to balance aesthetics with functionality. Tasks include assisting the Director of Marketing & Publicity in designing graphics for print + digital formats and presentations to be used in our day-to-day operations, special events, and annual writers’ conference. Additionally, there will be layout work for True Story magazine. 

This position is well suited for graduate students, the recently graduated, freelance illustrators, graphic designers—really anyone seeking to gain design experience while working for a magazine with a national reputation.

Requires a weekly 15-25 hours commitment for nine months. Creative Nonfiction welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability.

To apply, submit a resume, a letter of interest, 3-5 samples, link to an online portfolio (if available), and a professional reference.

Application is due November 30th, 2017.

Internship months: January—May and September—December

Ends on February 26, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Creative Nonfiction is seeking submissions for an upcoming issue on the theme of INTOXICATION. Seeking altered states might be one of the oldest human hobbies—for better and for worse—and we’re looking for stories that capture the widest possible range of experiences and voices. Whether you (or someone else) were tipsy or wasted, soooooooo drunk or just a little high—on life, or love, or power, or something else—we want to hear your story about being under the influence.

As always, we’re interested in stories that are more than mere anecdotes, and we love work that incorporates an element of research and/or makes a connection to a larger story or theme. We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that offer a fresh interpretation or unique insight into the theme.

If we’re being honest, we’re also especially hoping for some happy (or at least lighthearted, if not downright funny) stories—a mix of uppers and downers, as it were.

CNF editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up. All essays submitted will be considered for publication.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process, and editors may ask for sources and citations.


To submit by regular mail:

Postmark deadline: Monday, February 26, 2018. Mail the essay and cover letter to:

Intoxication
c/o Creative Nonfiction
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


To submit online:

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Monday, February 26, 2018.

There is a $3 convenience fee for online submissions. Subscribers to CNF/TS never pay a reading/convenience fee of any kind when submitting. Ever. Not a subscriber? Choose the discounted subscription add-on when uploading your submission.

Current subscribers may submit for free here >>**

**Please note that we will check all submissions against our subscriber database. Submissions uploaded through the free option by non-subscribers will not be read. If you are not a subscriber, proceed to fill out the form below—you will have the opportunity to subscribe on the next page.  

Ends on November 20, 2017

The Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize will recognize one book focusing on a subject of regional and national significance, by a writer with a meaningful Pittsburgh connection. The author of the winning manuscript will receive a $10,000 honorarium; publication of their book by CNF's independent book imprint, In Fact Books (IFB); national distribution; and a marketing and publicity campaign.  

Manuscripts will be judged on originality; the subject's broad appeal and resonance with a national readership; interpretation of the "Writing Pittsburgh" theme; and literary quality and strength of prose. The selected book might be an in-depth reporting project focusing on one organization, individual, or event; alternatively, it might be a more personal writing project—for example, a memoir. All submissions will be judged by CNF’s editorial staff.

The winning author will work with CNF/IFB's editorial staff to refine and polish the manuscript. Publication will occur between one year and 15 months from the announcement of the prize. 

Submissions should include a cover letter of up to two pages and a book-length manuscript, double-spaced.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Monday, November 20, 2017

Winner will be announced in February 2018.

 

 

 

The Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize is made possible through support from the Heinz Endowments. The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to their work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.

Ends on November 6, 2017$20.00
$20.00

Every decision we make, whether as individuals or as a society, involves some risk—whether physical or emotional, economic or legal, social or spiritual. Our comfort level with uncertainty defines not only our choices in any given situation, but how we live.

For a special issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re seeking true stories illustrating the ways we balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain.

Possible subjects could be big or small, personal or public. We’re interested in intersections between deeply personal decisions and those that affect larger communities.

  • How is risk intertwined with life decisions like entering relationships, starting or ending a pregnancy, or revealing a sexual or gender preference?
  • How do the risks associated with social interactions, whether online or in person, affect people’s behavior or speech?
  • How does risk relate to deeply held religious and/or political beliefs, especially within a pluralistic society?
  • Why do some people actively seek risk, and how does this affect their quality of life?
  • How are emerging technologies such as gene editing and artificial intelligence changing the nature of the risks we face?
  • How do we think about and approach potentially catastrophic risks such as a large asteroid colliding with the earth, nuclear war, or the possibility of artificial intelligence superseding human intelligence?

Above all, we are looking for vivid narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—with unique insights into these questions.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.

 

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process, and editors may ask for sources and citations.

There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current subscribers.** You can also submit and become a subscriber, extend your subscription, or give a gift subscription by submitting $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay, becoming a subscriber is recommended instead) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs the rate will be higher if you choose to include a subscription--$43 to Canada or $60 elsewhere).

 

To submit by regular mail:
Postmark deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017. Mail essay plus a cover letter and entry fee to:

"Risk"
c/o Creative Nonfiction
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

To submit online, proceed through the form below.

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Monday, November 6, 2017.

Current subscribers can upload submissions here for free >>**

**Please note that we will check all submissions against our subscriber database. Submissions uploaded through the free option by non-subscribers will not be read. If you are not a subscriber, please proceed through the form below. 






$3.00
$3.00

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is pleased to announce that, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we’re starting a new monthly magazine, set to debut this fall. Each issue of True Story will feature one exceptional work of creative nonfiction, which will be 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

Online 
There is a $3 convenience fee to submit online. Subscribers to CNF/TS never pay a reading/convenience fee of any kind when submitting, though. Ever. Not a subscriber? Choose the discounted subscription add-on when uploading your submission.

Current subscribers can upload submissions here for free >>**

**Please note that we will check all submissions against our subscriber database. Submissions uploaded through the free option by non-subscribers will not be read.

Do you have an idea for a literary timeline? An opinion about essential texts for readers and/or writers? An in-depth, working knowledge of a specific type of nonfiction? Pitch us your ideas; Creative Nonfiction accepts query letters for the following sections of the magazine:

AFTERWORDS is the final page of the magazine. We're open to just about any idea that can be presented completely in one page, though we are more inclined toward pieces that take a lighter look at the genre, craft, and/or industry. Examples: First sentences from first books (#38); The ever-expanding nonfiction subtitle (#39); Side gigs for the nonfiction 99% (#45).

BETWEEN THE LINES focuses on the business of writing and the contemporary publishing landscape. This section is reserved for more serious, newsy (in a general way) topics.
Examples: The future of literary magazines in America (#38); A defense of navel-gazing (#39); The line between documentation and exploitation (#44).

REQUIRED READING catalogues and explores essential texts for nonfiction readers and writers. Pieces can be as simple as a list or as complex as a lyric essay.
Examples: David Shields' inspirations and recommendations (#38); Norman Mailer's indispensible nonfiction, as recommended by his biographer (#39).

THEN & NOW tracks significant developments in the genre and can include timelines or other creative comparisons. 
Examples: A history of the genre (and the magazine) from 1993 to 2009 (#38); Environmental writing since "Silent Spring" (#44); Our longstanding obsession with true crime (#45).

LIFE ONLINE provides a uique perspective of what the literary life is like online. Examples: The virtual realities of online advice columnist Sugar (#42); Of online anger, puppy dogs and ice cream (#43); Is online publishing permanent enough/ (#44).

UNDER THE UMBRELLA explores one subset or type of writing that falls under the creative nonfiction umbrella--dad memoir, extreme travel writing, as well as lesser-known kinds of creative nonfiction--and the patterns that connect these types of writing.
Examples: CNF's Armchair Guide to Stunt Writing (#38); Family History Narrative (#41); Sex Worker Memoirs (#45).

WRITER AT WORK offers an analysis of or an in-depth look into a specific writer's writing process.
Examples: Gay Talese's approach to composition (#39); E.B. White's use of literary effect in "Death of a Pig" (#41).

Note: Nothing increases your publishing chances more than a familiarity with the magazine; we recommend you become a subscriber, but a working knowledge of our recent issues is a great place to start, too.

Queries only. Please do not send completed pieces. Please do not send attachments. Please send brilliant, original ideas and a solid plan for turning those ideas into brilliant pieces of writing.