About Brevity’s Blog

Information on contests, calls for submissions, creative nonfiction miscellany, and Brevity magazine news and updates

Authors, editors, others: Send (brief) announcements to brevitymag [at] gmail.com and we’ll gladly pass them along.

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§ 29 Responses to About Brevity’s Blog

  • readnshare says:

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  • So glad to find your blog — it fills a niche in the creative nonfiction world.

  • [...] About Brevity’s Blog « BREVITY’s Creative Nonfiction Blog "Information on contests, calls for submissions, creative nonfiction miscellany, and Brevity magazine news and updates." [...]

    • i am looking for a blog site or perhaps a website where i can post or perhaps submit what i a interested in. i also write creative non fiction,…if anyone wants to read my blog and give me ideas…i would so welcome it. thanks.!!

  • Kate Flaherty says:

    As a Brevity author who is currently trying to find a home for her memoir, I’ve been reading this literary agent blog for almost a year and it’s really helpful–and now they have this little contest just for memoir/nonfiction. Connect to this link to check it out.

    http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/

  • sevenperfumes says:

    Lag Time, The Back stroke, White Lies: all very good this month!

  • rachel cann says:

    The Missouri Review charges 3 dollar a submission so I think 2 would be a just price for you. I live on social security and can’t afford the 25 a lot of the better magazines charge.

  • Lolly Ockerstrom says:

    I understand your dilemma, but I wonder if there are other options for you? I would not want to deny students the right to submit, but whole class submissions (and especially freshman English) is inappropriate. They should be submitting to their own school literary journals, or better yet the classes themselves should self publish in class booklets–with the professor as gate keeper.

    Is there an electronic gatekeeper you can build into the submission process that might automatically tag these inappropriate mass submissions and reject them?

    If this is too costly or time-consuming, I am sorry to say that I guess you have no choice but to request a modest fee (emphasis on modest).

    • Linda says:

      I just found this blog and read, what I believe to be, your reply regarding a freshman English class wanting to submit pieces to the blog? Correct me if I am wrong, I know you posted in 2010, so this can be replied by anyone, but isn’t that a little bit snobbish? Where were they requesting to post? I am in a freshman English course and I was looking into this magazine to see where I might be able to post a non-fiction article, which was suggested by our instructor, she must have thought quite highly of Brevity to recommend it. So where does one have to be in the literary world to post such simple writings? I am sure the greatest started somewhere?

      • Arlene Mandell says:

        No one is ENTITLED to be published just because she would like to be.

        Arlene L. Mandell Retired professor William Paterson University Wayne, NJ

        ________________________________

      • Linda says:

        I wasn’t thinking anyone would be ENTITLED to anything just because they would like to. Read my statement again, you are taking it out of context. How rude you are.

      • To clarify what Linda raises above: The students weren’t attempting to submit to the blog, but to Brevity the magazine. Back in 2010, our inbox was receiving hundreds of e-mail submissions from college remedial writing courses, because the community college system in a particular state had mandated it on the syllabus, and these students were not prepared to write serious nonfiction, nor had they even read the guidelines. Our staff was spending hours rejecting poems, 5,000 word essays, short stories, and badly-formatted essays where the writer, in a cover letter, had sometimes said “I had to submit this but please don’t publish it.” The students were being ripped off– given busy work with little or no instruction.

      • Linda, In the world of public authorship, a young writer submits work to a magazine, and when and if the writing is deemed strong enough, her work is published Posting is a different activity altogether, and any writer can of course create her own blog and post what she wants.

        Readers visit certain literary magazines because they know that experienced editors have made decisions about what is fresh and powerful in the writing submitted. Yes, the greatest started somewhere, by sending their work off to magazine editors who chose carefully from the work submitted..

      • Linda says:

        Dinty: Thank you very much for help on clarification. I do understand and I knew that one would need to be an accomplished writer before they would be published. After reading the blog about Brevity not being able to accomodate the college students, and I do understand your position now that you have been so kind to explain all of the circumstances, I had decided to go elsewhere to request submission of a short article. Our assignment was to either seek submission of a non-fiction piece or comment on a blog. I could submit this blog, although the start wasn’t what I had intended, I just couldn’t help but respond as I thought Brevity was being snobbish. I know now that wasn’t the case at all, please accept my apology. I do love this magazine and the articles are wonderful. I am not your average young college student, I am much older but young, and decided to go back to college for a new career. I have never considered writing, however I have loved the course and would like to start writing. I am aware of guidelines for submissions, I have seen them in other well known magazines, so I wasn’t coming into this blind. Is there another blog with Brevity that has subject matter regarding stories published in Brevity Magazine? I think that would be a good start. Thank you again for your help on the clarification.

        Linda Marron

      • Linda,

        There is this blog you are reading now, and then there is the magazine itself: http://www.brevitymag.com

  • shirleyhs says:

    Hello, Brevity,

    I can’t believe I’m just discovering your blog now. Thanks to Alana Saltz’s Top Five List. http://alanasaltz.com/five-awesome-memoir-writing-blogs

    I’ll be back. Love the concept! Honored to be included in a list with you!

  • To the Brevity Editors,

    As a longtime fan of the site (Donovan Hohn’s “Snail Picking” is one of my all-time favorite Brevity pieces), I was really happy to see the lovely write-up on the Brett Lott interview that we just published on Fiction Writers Review. Thanks so much for linking to Steve’s conversation with Brett, and for pointing your readers our direction. It’s much appreciated.

  • I will be sharing the idea of the chair and our voices with my students. Great essay!

  • Brad Wirz says:

    Hey Brevity!

    I just ran across your blog and decided to contact you about my new philanthropic organization called Gone Reading International.

    We market a line of gifts for readers and donate 100% of company profits to fund new libraries in the developing world. You can read more about us at http://www.GoneReading.com.

    Any chance you can mention us in your blog???

    We’re finding that readers love what we’re doing, but spreading the word on a philanthropic budget is a challenge! Let me know what you think, and thanks in advance for your time.

    Regards,

    Brad

    P.S. If doing a simple link swap works better for you, that’s certainly fine by me. Just let me know!

  • PG says:

    Dear Dinty,

    Re: D’Agata and Fingal:

    Based on the games played in the new book, I am guessing that it is a bigger hoax yet (who works as intern for 5-7 years, doing scut work on a 15-page essay?). It strikes me as a clever move to by two conceptual artists, poking fun once more… I could be wrong, but the “facts” seem beyond believing…

  • Diann says:

    Thanks for the posts on AWP -it was amazing.

  • Arlene L. Mandell says:

    Hi Dinty, Sometimes a looong piece of writing, a first novel, should be abandoned because it’s boring. A nicer, taller, sexier version of the author getting into not enough trouble.

  • msuworld says:

    so, whats this megazine is all about?

  • Martin Johnson says:

    I left a comment on this blog and it was removed. I wasn’t expecting censorship on a site devoted to writing. God help us from finding out the truth about our writing.

  • I didn’t know Brevity has a blog. Love!

  • Rebecca McClanahan’s post (“ART-I-FACT: The Family Memoir Triumvirate”) reminds me of her voice and her presence. And I am always grateful for that. Many thanks.

  • dhonour says:

    Just a quick thank you for posting the link to Paste and Biographile’s That Summer contest. I had the honor of having my winning piece published on both today. So thank you again for being a compass point for those of us just starting to venture from the nest a little bit. http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/07/writing-contest-winner-an-otherwise-ordinary-day.html

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