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Creative Nonfiction literary magazine

Creative Nonfiction Literary magazine publishes nonfiction prose such as “long-and-short-form nonfiction narratives [and] columns that examine the craft, style trends and ethics of the nonfiction writing life, [as well as] interviews with established writers.”—Writer’s Digest, July/August 2016 issue.

Lee Gutkind, Founder and Editor of Creative Nonfiction:

“In some ways, creative nonfiction is like jazz—it’s a rich mix of flavors, ideas, and techniques, some of which are newly invented and others as old as writing itself. Creative nonfiction can be an essay, a journal article, a research paper, a memoir, or a poem; it can be personal or not, or it can be all of these.

The words ‘creative’ and ‘nonfiction’ describe the form. The word ‘creative’ refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner. The goal is to make nonfiction stories read like fiction so that your readers are as enthralled by fact as they are by fantasy.”

“We look for a balance of style with substance—suspenseful, information-rich, well-written, lively narratives that tell us something and that might help change the way readers understand the world. . . We would love to see more diverse voices, reflecting a wider variety of experiences. We’re also happy to see work with strong research or elements of reportage.” —Writer’s Digest excerpt from Standout Markets, July/August 2016 issue.

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