We’re looking for writing about writing—smart and insightful ideas related to the art, craft, history, or philosophy of creative nonfiction.
We’re open to pitches for these kinds of pieces:
- “Then & now” stories or timelines (examples here and here);
- Explorations of specific subgenres, considering the work of more than one writer (examples here and here);
- Arguments or research or ideas about why/how true stories matter (examples here, here, and here);
- Craft pieces, particularly related to structure, voice, or finding inspiration (examples here, here, and here);
- Pieces that explore connections between creative nonfiction and other fields/forms (examples here, here and here);
- In-depth interviews with prominent voices in the field (examples here and here);
- Or, generally, work that engages deeply in some way with creative nonfiction as a form or practice.
We’re not especially interested in:
- Book reviews
- Op-ed style pieces
- Literary criticism
- Recurring columns. We do sometimes call this kind of writing “a column,” but this is not the place to pitch a weekly series of dispatches from, say, a cross-country road trip.
- Generally, writing that is not about writing. We are, of course, generally very interested in personal essays and narratives, but we don’t accept pitches for these; please submit entire completed works if/when they fit with our other submissions calls.
For upcoming issues, we’re currently looking specifically for pitches related to:
- flash nonfiction
To pitch an idea, you’ll need:
- A brief summary of the piece you propose to write: what question or area are you hoping to explore? Why would it be interesting or relevant to Creative Nonfiction’s readers?
- As applicable, a short list of writers/works you plan to include
- A brief bio/personal statement: what qualifies you to write this piece? What else have you written/published?
Writing-about-writing generally ranges in length from 1,000 – 3,000 words; this is a paying market.
Please send pitches via Submittable only. Thanks!