About Blog Submissions

While Brevity (our flagship magazine) publishes the finest examples of flash nonfiction we can find, the Brevity Blog is the place to discuss issues related to the writing of creative nonfiction. The blog, like the magazine, reaches thousands of readers each month, with 80,000+ WordPress subscribers.

Though we don’t shy away from important issues in the writing community, the Brevity blog can also be colloquial, personal, and at times irreverent or humorous, and our most popular posts tend to be those that are the least academic.

Appropriate topics for the Blog include the craft of writing nonfiction, issues in editing and publishing, writing conference and creative writing classroom experiences, interviews with writers or editors, prompts, close reading of essays or essayists, or specific issues that challenge us as we attempt to capture true experiences on the page.

Please note:

  • We receive numerous submissions dealing with rejection, motivation, and persistence, and while we are happy to consider blog essays on these aspects of a writer’s life, we are actively looking for other material and fresh approaches.
  • We no longer publish book reviews, but we welcome craft-focused interviews with authors about their book/process, or author-submitted examinations of writing or publishing issues that intersect with the recently published or forthcoming book. For these submissions, please query first. When submitting, please include the book cover as well as the book author’s headshot.

We customarily schedule blog posts 30 to ninety days out, so if you are writing in reference to a particular holiday or date, please plan ahead.

Please keep your blog submissions in the 500 to 1,000 word range (our sweet spot is 850). Blog submissions should:

  • Be attached as a Word document. [Please use your last name as the first word of the file name, like this: SMITH My Writing Story.doc]
  • Be formatted as seen on the blog (single space, no indentation, one extra space between paragraphs).
  • Include an author bio, and if applicable the interviewer’s bio, in the same Word document as your blog essay.
  • Include an author headshot as a jpg attached to your email. Please send a vertical-orientation headshot.

Blog submissions can be sent to brevityblogessays (insert @ symbol) gmail.com. Response time is typically 1-4 weeks.

We are not able to pay for blog posts.


We also are happy to announce contests, calls for submissions, residency and conference information, but please follow these guidelines:

  • We cannot rewrite your poster or flyer into a prose announcement. You must send a prose announcement, formatted and ready to publish.
  • The blog’s readers are not looking for pure advertising: if you wish folks to enter your contest, submit to your magazine, or consider attending your residency or conference, give us some insight into the sorts of nonfiction your editors favor, or into the editing process, or the ways in which your organization features nonfiction, or the philosophy of your contest judges or conference faculty. In other words, our readers like to learn, rather than just being told “patronize us.”
  • Perhaps someone on your staff could do a brief interview with the director, editor, past contest winner, judge?

Keep information and announcements in the 250 to 850 word range, please, and send them to brevityblogessays (insert @ symbol) gmail.com

§ 74 Responses to About Blog Submissions

  • bibomedia says:

    Have a nice day !

    • Angela Aiello says:

      hi. the link to submit my piece doesn’t seem to work. can someone please provide the accurate link? brevitymag+blog (insert @ symbol) gmail.com maybe i’m just a dope, but i don’t understand the above. can someone give me a hand here? thanks!

  • 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.


  • 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.



    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

  • Such great posts. I wonder if you’d like a short piece called “What’s wrong with autobiography, anyway? Let me know.

  • Gaia says:

    Interesting Blog…will be back.

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  • I’m interested in being put in an email list for your blog.

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  • Hi,
    i am very new to blogging and i would be glad if you could give me your valuable feedback. i have started with two post. please let me know what you think.
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  • Saloni says:

    Just read a couple of your posts and they are so genuine and heartfelt. I’m definitely coming back for more 🙂

  • Hello Brevity,
    Wow, I just found your blog which was recommended by the blog https://lightningdroplets.wordpress.com/. Your blog seems brilliant, especially reading your posts. The writing advice and motivation boosts are so helpful to me. I am a young (teenager) reader and hopefully soon to be an author. Your blog is inspiring to young people like me, trying to put their works out there. Keep on writing.
    P.S. I saw that you will post announcements of other peoples contests of writing, but will you guys ever post your own contests onto your own blog?

    -TTFN, Somebody, Somewhere over the rainbow

  • Milind says:

    Relatively new to blogging and Brevity. Do they consider posts to be published on the Brevity blog if these posts are published on another blog earlier?

  • Allegra says:

    Need a recommendation for a good book or two to improve sentence structure, sentence styling, etc. Need to make my sentences tighter with better flow. Suggestions, please? [Hope this is the right place to make such a request! If not, can you tell me where?] Is this blog still active? I see no recent submissions.

  • The most obvious place to find specifics about improving creative nonfiction writing is the craft essays in the Brevity magazine. (There are at least 90 of them!) Here in the blog you will also find helpful essays. Ursula K. Le Guin wrote an excellent book that my students have found helpful: Steering the Craft, and How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish might be just what you are looking for. If you are primarily concerned with academic writing, They Say/I Say is probably your best bet.

  • Lacy may says:

    Hi Brevity, I’m a 35 year old disabled mum of three from West Sussex meaning when I’m sick in bed I get to write a lot of differing genres, I’ve finally written the book I want to, it’s aimed at women and mothers who’s days are just not going right, with romance and comedy it’s a strong read. If you want me to send a sypnosis or manuscript please email me ASAP. Kind regards
    Lacy may

    • Allison K Williams says:

      Lacy, we aren’t a publisher, we’re a literary magazine. Try the Manuscript Wishlist website for agents seeking specific manuscripts, and you might start reading Janet Reid’s blog and Query Shark to learn more about the process of getting published. They will all turn up quickly in a google search. Good luck with your work!

  • Jessica Brown says:

    thanks for sharing more you can find about it
    blog submission

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  • Janine froll says:

    I would like to subscribe to your website and or Facebook page. Do you have a link to it? Thank you in advance Janine froll

  • Nora Pace says:

    Hi there,

    Wondering if you are ever interested in pieces shorter than 500 words.

  • Caren says:

    Hi – I had a short (700-word) piece on the Brevity blog two years ago. I am wondering if I still own the publication rights? Thank you! Caren

  • G. J. Jolly says:

    Do you accept posts that have been published on another blog, in particular my personal blog?

  • G. J. Jolly says:

    Do you accept submissions that have been published on the personal blog of the author?

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  • I love this blog/magazine, but you won’t let me post a response. Why?

  • Sue Ferrera says:

    Can I submit a post that’s already been on my blog post, or does any submitted blog post need to be solely for Brevity?

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  • jabuddha651 says:

    Have you read “Let’s Not Do That Again”? Joan gets a major highlighting…

  • anwitasinha says:

    Wow, I just found your blog Your blog seems brilliant, especially reading your posts. The writing advice and motivation boosts are so helpful to me. I am a young (teenager) reader and hopefully soon to be an author. Your blog is inspiring to young people like me, trying to put their works out there. Keep on writing. thank you so much for this great information

  • ushikak says:

    Welcome aboard!! I am a debutante too on this platform. 😘
    Thanks for the clear guidelines in your piece on how to go about publishing on Medium!

  • saikumar0801 says:

    Hi, This is nice blog and more informative….

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  • Raghav says:

    Thanks for sharing informative blog!!!

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