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.
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.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including The Dream of Reason by Jenny George.
Dionisia Morales on five journals that published essays from her debut collection, Homing Instincts.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including Feel Free by Zadie Smith.
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee by March 20. Robin Hemley will judge. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Safiya Sinclair will judge in poetry and Alissa Nutting will judge in prose. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems or up to 9,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes a subscription to New South, by March 21. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.