Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction

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Genres Published: 
Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
Jill Talbot, Sheryl St. Germain, Matthew Gavin Frank, Julie Marie Wade, Nick Neeley, Pablo Pinero Stillman, Kathryn Winograd, Dawn Davies, Leslie Jill Patterson
Reading Periods: 
Sep 1 to Nov 30
Jan 1 to Mar 15
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Roughly 20-40%
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
$45 ($40 digital, $26 student)
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Fourth Genre is devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in literary (creative) nonfiction, and the editors 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 (or check out samples on our website) in order to become familiar with the journal. We accept only previously unpublished work. 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 particularly interested in essays that reflect intersections of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, dis/ability, among others. 

Contact Information

Patrick Madden and Joey Franklin, Editors in Chief
4198 JFSB
Brigham Young University
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Last updated: Feb 01, 2024