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Creative Nonfiction is looking for new work about power. For this issue, we are seeking true stories that explore the dynamics within groups and systems, however big or small—for example, family units, schools, sports, churches, and government. 

We’re interested in everything from the murky world of politics to the power games we all occasionally play. Share your stories about power lunches, power grabs, power suits, power lifting, people power (and/or power to the people), or will power. Tell us about a time when you (or someone else) had power, or a time when you didn’t, or tell us about your secret superpower.

Above all, we are seeking vivid narratives, grounded in true events, that demonstrate strong storytelling, voice, and grasp of detail. 

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.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.

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Monday, June 10, 2019.

There is a $3 convenience fee for online submissions. Subscribers to Creative Nonfiction and/or True Story 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.  
 

****Please do not submit to this category if you are not a current CNF subscriber.***
If you are not a subscriber, would like to become a subscriber, or extend your subscription please submit using this category.

Creative Nonfiction is looking for new work about power. For this issue, we are seeking true stories that explore the dynamics within groups and systems, however big or small—for example, family units, schools, sports, churches, and government. 

We’re interested in everything from the murky world of politics to the power games we all occasionally play. Share your stories about power lunches, power grabs, power suits, power lifting, people power (and/or power to the people), or will power. Tell us about a time when you (or someone else) had power, or a time when you didn’t, or tell us about your secret superpower.

Above all, we are seeking vivid narratives, grounded in true events, that demonstrate strong storytelling, voice, and grasp of detail. 

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.   

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Monday, June 10, 2019.   



 

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EXPLORING THE BOUNDARIES

Creative Nonfiction is currently seeking experimental nonfiction for the "Exploring the Boundaries" section ("experimental," "boundaries" ... yes, we know these can be loaded terms). We're looking for writing that is ambitious, pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules. As always, we have only one absolute rule--nonfiction must be based in fact. 

Please note that this is NOT a call for an entire "Exploring the Boundaries" issue of the magazine; accepted pieces will be published one per issue, and earliest possible publication will be in Issue #72 (Fall 2019).

4,500 word maximum; please include a word count on the first page of the essay, and a cover letter with complete contact information and a brief bio. Any additional questions can be directed to information [at] creativenonfiction.org.

Submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 pm on Monday, May 13, 2019.

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.


**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. 

****Please do not submit to this category if you are not a current Creative Nonfiction or True Story subscriber.***

If you are not a subscriber, would like to become a subscriber, or extend your subscription please submit using this category.


EXPLORING THE BOUNDARIES

Creative Nonfiction is currently seeking experimental nonfiction for the "Exploring the Boundaries" section ("experimental," "boundaries" ... yes, we know these can be loaded terms). We're looking for writing that is ambitious, pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules. As always, we have only one absolute rule--nonfiction must be based in fact. 

Please note that this is NOT a call for an entire "Exploring the Boundaries" issue of the magazine; accepted pieces will be published one per issue, and earliest possible publication will be in Issue #72 (Fall 2019).

4,500 word maximum; please include a word count on the first page of the essay, and a cover letter with complete contact information and a brief bio. Any additional questions can be directed to information [at] creativenonfiction.org.

Submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 pm on Monday, May 13, 2019.

True Story
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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:

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 unique 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.

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