Creative Nonfiction

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Genres Published: 
Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
Cheryl Strayed, Phillip Lopate, John Edgar Wideman, Lauren Slater, Stefan Fatsis, Robin Hemley, Judith Barrington
Digital, Print
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Average 2-3
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
$50/8 issues; $32/4 issues
5,000 to 10,000

Editorial Focus

Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions. Its editors believe that providing a platform for emerging writers and helping them find readers is an essential role of literary magazines. A typical issue of CNF contains at least one essay by a previously unpublished writer. The magazine is open to all types of creative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir.

Tips From the Editor

Please do send work that blends style with substance, and reaches beyond the personal to tell us something new about the world. We're drawn to stories that balance a strong narrative (i.e. something happens) with a teaching or reflective element (i.e. the something that happens matters for some reason). Please do include your complete contact information and keep us informed of the status of simultaneous submissions. Please don't send poetry.

Contact Information

Hattie Fletcher, Managing Editor
5877 Commerce Street
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Last updated: Sep 20, 2022