While Brevity (the 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 46,000+ WordPress followers.
Though we don’t shy away from important issues in the writing community, the Brevity blog is often colloquial, personal, and at times irreverent, and our most popular posts tend to be those that are the least academic. Appropriate topics for the Blog include the craft of writing, inspiration, writing obstacles and challenges, editing and publishing, the writing life, conference and creative writing classroom experiences, favorite nonfiction books (including classics) and reactions to favorite essays. Please note: we receive numerous submissions dealing with rejection, motivation, avoidance, and persistence, and while we are happy to run blog essays on these aspects of a writer’s life, we are actively looking for other material and fresh approaches.
Please keep your blog submissions in the 500 to 1,000 word range. Blog submissions (attached a a Word document) should be formatted as seen on the blog (single space, no indentation, one extra space between paragraphs). Please include an author bio in the same Word document as your blog essay.
Blog submissions can be sent to brevitymag+blog (insert @ symbol) gmail.com.
We are not able to pay for blog posts.
We also are happy to announce contests, calls for submissions, 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 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, 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 brevitymag+blog (insert @ symbol) gmail.com