The novelist talks about his first essay collection, How to Write An Autobiographical Novel; how to keep working during bouts of self-doubt; and more.
Writing about trauma is sometimes called “navel-gazing,” particularly for women writers. An essayist and memoirist confronts this stigma, and calls on writers to explore their personal traumas and truths.
An essayist discusses the five journals that first published the essays in her debut collection, Five Plots.
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with an $18 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Chattahoochee Review, by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
In more than twenty-five years at the New Yorker, during which time she has written eight books, including The Library Book, published in October, Susan Orlean has displayed a remarkable talent: getting people to talk.
A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication in Narrative is also awarded. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15,000 words of prose with a $26 entry fee by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
A roundup of new anthologies, including American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time, edited by Tracy K. Smith.
A look at some of the year’s best debut literary nonfiction, including books by Sarah Viren, Nicole Chung, Shaelyn Smith, Brian Phillips, and Casey Gerald.
Exploring the dark to write a better essay, including practical tips in making room for essayistic thinking.