Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Starting Over



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Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.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:


Starting Over

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.


Upload submissions here >>


There is a $3 convenience fee for online submissions. Subscribers to CNF/TS never pay a reading/convenience fee of any kind when submitting. Ever. Not a subscriber? Save $10 on our normal subscription rate by selecting the add-on during the upload process, or by signing up for our newsletter here.


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