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What is the maximum (or minimum) word count?

Word count requirements vary for each call for submissions, so please view the category’s specific guidelines for the most accurate information. Broadly speaking, the maximum word count for Creative Nonfiction is 4,000 words (CNF does not have a minimum word count requirement, but the magazine rarely publishes pieces that are fewer than 600 words); True Story submissions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words; Sunday Short Reads submissions should be fewer than 1,000 words.