Fourth Genre

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Genres Published: 
Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
Jill Talbot, Sheryl St. Germain, Patrick Madden, Matthew Gavin Frank, Julie Marie Wade, Nick Neeley, Pablo Pinero Stillman, Kathryn Winograd, Dawn Davies, Kate Carrol de Gutes
Reading Period: 
Sep 1 to Nov 30
Temporarily closed to submissions
Reporting Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Roughly 50%
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
$22 USD
Subscription Price: 
$42 USD
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Fourth Genre is devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in literary (creative) nonfiction, and are especially looking to provide space to voices less seldom heard from in literary publications.

Tips From the Editor

Please write for sample back issues in order to become familiar with the journal. We accept only previously unpublished work. Please go to

We think of the genre as flexible, fluid, and expansive, and so we’re looking for essays in any variety–lyrical, familiar, personal, nature, environmental, travel, and especially graphic. We're especially interested in essays that reflect intersections of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, dis/ability, among others. 

Contact Information

Patrick Madden, Editor in Chief
434 Farm Ln., Rm. 235
Michigan State University
East Lansing
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Last updated: Mar 16, 2022