True Story is a new home for longform nonfiction narratives.
Published monthly by the editors of Creative Nonfiction magazine, each pocket-size issue of True Story showcases one exceptional essay by one exceptional writer. From issue to issue, this new mini-magazine features the widest possible variety of voices and styles and subjects.
Offering a vivid report from real life, each issue of True Story is a small immersion in a larger-than-life story or experience that makes us think differently about what it means to be human.
Big stories. Small size. Delivered monthly.
"Everything Gets Worse" by John O'Connor
In winter of 1912, as Robert Falcon Scott was striving to be the first to reach the South Pole, six of his men, known as the Northern Party, became stranded on the Victoria Land coast for 17 months. In this story that ranges from north to south and from past to present, John O’Connor chronicles the group’s efforts to remain not only alive but sane at “Inexpressible Island," a 9' x 12’ enclosure they hacked out of the ice, where they remained through the long months of winter darkness.
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