For an upcoming issue of Creative Nonfiction, we’re looking for true stories about starting over. Tell us about a time when you or someone else took a do-over, snuck a mulligan, or hit the reset button, whether by choice or not.
We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that offer a fresh interpretation or unique insight into the theme.
All essays submitted will be considered for publication; this is a paying market.
Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process, and editors may ask for sources and citations.
To submit by regular mail:
Postmark deadline: Monday, June 19, 2017. Mail essay plus a cover letter to:
c/o Creative Nonfiction
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
To submit online:
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Monday, June 19, 2017.
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