True Story

Accepted Year-Round

Each issue of our monthly mini-magazine features one exceptional work of creative nonfiction. True Story is distributed in print and digitally.

Submissions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject, in any style. Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work.

We’ll pay $300 on publication and give you 10 free copies of “your” issue.

We’ll do our best to respond to submissions within three months. We can’t promise to consider work submitted for True Story for any of CNF’s other projects or publications—but we reserve the right to do so.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 10,000 words. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States. 

Curious about what makes a good True Story? Read some of our previous issues over at Longreads: 
Brian Broome's "79" (Issue #11)
Nancy Nichols's "Memoirs of a Used Car Salesman's Daughter" (Issue #23)
Heather Sellers's "Where Am I?" (Issue #27)

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