A funded, ten-part intensive workshop series for ten experienced nonfiction writers.
Are you a published nonfiction writer who wants to continue to hone your craft, expand your professional development skills, and find inspiration to tackle more ambitious stories while building a community of support? This advanced workshop series—inspired by Pittsburgh Filmmakers' former Flight School Fellowship—is for creative nonfiction writers with a Pittsburgh connection.
The series will launch on Saturday, March 9th with a daylong event featuring a keynote with an industry leader and an opportunity for the cohort to connect, share work, and set goals for the series. The group will then meet Tuesdays from 6-9pm, March 19th through May 14th, in Creative Nonfiction's space in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood. Programming will include finding creative solutions for funding; introductions to institutional resources such as research tools and tech support; hands-on skill-building exercises on craft, self-promotion, pitching and submissions, public speaking, and managing your small business; in-depth, behind-the-scenes discussions of the publishing industry; and one-on-one mentoring. Participants will also have access to CNF’s online course platform for ongoing discussions.
Upon completion, each fellow will receive a $1,000 cash stipend. Because of the exclusivity of this opportunity, we ask that you apply only if you can commit to attending the Saturday kickoff event and at least eight of the nine Tuesday sessions, all located in Pittsburgh, PA. There will also be a May graduation event with presentations and networking opportunities, at which attendance is optional.
To apply for this fellowship, please submit the following:
- A brief statement of purpose describing your career trajectory, your connection to Pittsburgh, and what you hope to gain from the workshop series.
- A list of recent publications. (Applicants should have prior publishing experience: no more than two books, or the equivalency in articles or essays for a mid-career writer.)
- Two samples of your writing, each no more than 3,000 words (can be partial pieces).
- Your resumé.
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.
Apply online. Hardcopy submissions will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: 11:59pm on Monday, January 14th.
Ten fellows will be selected and notified by January 25th.
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:
c/o Creative Nonfiction Foundation
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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.
**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.
Creative Nonfiction is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir.
We’re looking stories that are honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most importantly—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it’s about you and your life, we want to read it.
Submissions must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $2,500 for Best Essay and two $500 prizes for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special "Memoir" issue of the magazine to be published in 2020.
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 25, 2019. Mail the essay and cover letter to:
c/o Creative Nonfiction
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
To submit online: Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Monday, February 25, 2019.
There is a $20 reading 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.
**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.