This Call for Submissions Really Ticks Us Off
January 19, 2011 § 3 Comments
CONTEST: Anger & Revenge
postmark deadline March 16, 2011
For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about anger and revenge, true tales of frustration and retribution, long-buried memories of outrage and reprisal–or the absence of either. We’re looking for stories that explore the lost art of the thoughtful diatribe, illustrate the beauty of the lyrical barb, invent elaborate secret plots, and generally don’t play well with others.
Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay and $500 for runner-up.
Guidelines: Essays must be unpublished, 4,000 words maximum, postmarked by March 16, 2011, and clearly marked “Anger & Revenge” on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription–U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though due to shipping costs, the subscription deal is not valid). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay, SASE and payment to:
Attn: Anger & Revenge
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
I always find it harder to write about happiness without falling into schmaltz. Though I bet this will lead to some good writing (as CNF always does).
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I had been writing poetry all of my life up until the last several months. I discovered a knack for writing one page vignettes. I do not often write about being in the service. But my particular story fits your format well enough. I’ll have it in the mail this week. sincerely d.j.m.