Ends on July 16, 2018

****Please do not submit to this category if you are not a current CNF subscriber.***

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For the spring 2019 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for true stories about doing it. Whether you’re straight, gay, or other; alone, in a couple, in a crowd; doing it for the first time or the last, or not doing it all, we want to hear your story.

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.

Please note: for this issue, we are interested primarily (and perhaps even exclusively) in stories of consensual and/or victimless sex. Also note, we are not seeking erotica. No photos, please.

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Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.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

There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current subscribers.** 

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, July 16, 2018.

**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. 


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