Petite and Potent: Sonora Review’s flash nonfiction contest

May 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

Sonora Review is seeking submissions for its Miniature Nonfiction Contest through May 15th (and they allow 50 more words than those stingy editors at Brevity).

If we can agree that the truth cannot be told head on, how then will you evoke the truth in less than 800 words? How much history can you squeeze into one seemingly small scene? How far can you send a simple exchange rippling? Petite and potent. That’s what Sonora Review’s flash nonfiction contest is all about.

$1000 and publication in Issue 68 of Sonora Review will be awarded for our annual essay contest judged by Amy Leach, author of the essay collection Things that Are.

Hybrid work is welcome, but each entry must be a complete story/essay unto itself. All finalists will also be considered for publication in Issue 68. Entry fee is $15. Include a cover letter with full name, title of work, mailing and email address, and phone number. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Submissions must be previously unpublished.  http://sonorareview.submishmash.com/Submit

Isthmus Seeks Nonfiction Submissions

April 27, 2015 § 2 Comments

Isthmus, a biannual print journal based in Seattle, is seeking more submissions in creative nonfiction.

From the editors:

We read year-round and are looking for memoir, personal essay, hybrid essay, experimental or traditional in form. We seek engaging writing and thought-provoking work. Please visit our website for more information or to submit through our submission manager: www.isthmusreview.com/submit.

Gender Issue Deadline Extended

April 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

two specA deadline only days after AWP? What were we thinking?

So we are keeping submissions open for our special gender issue until April 30th.

Here’s the link to submit: http://brevitymag.com/submissions/

And we are still in need of KICKSTARTER DONATIONS to push us over the top for the special issue focusing on Experiences of Gender and featuring new work by Kate Bornstein, the original gender outlaw. Ms. Bornstein’s books include Gender OutlawMy (New) Gender Workbook, and Queer and Present Danger, as well as work from Jennifer Finney Boylan.

AND

A Special Issue on Race, Racism, and Racialization guest-edited by Ira Sukrungruang and featuring new work by Claudia Rankine. Rankine (as if you didn’t know) is the author of five collections of poetry, including most recently Citizen: An American Lyric, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry

Crux: A New Nonfiction Book Series

April 1, 2015 § 1 Comment

Sharing some good news out of University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia Press is pleased to announce Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction. Edited by John Griswold, the series aims to publish two to four new titles annually.

Named for intersections, and for the heart of the matter, this series will publish literary nonfiction by diverse writers working in a variety of modes, including personal and lyric essay, memoir, cultural meditation, and literary journalism. Books are intended for general readers, including writers, teachers of writing, and students, and will be both intelligent and accessible. Engagement with the world, dedication to craft, precision, and playfulness with form and language are valued. As the series develops, it will include non-American writers and experiences.

Griswold is an assistant professor in the MFA program at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is the author of A Democracy of Ghosts; Herrin: The Brief History of an Infamous American City; and Pirates You Don’t Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life: Collected Essays (Georgia, 2014). He has written extensively (as Oronte Churm) at Inside Higher Ed and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

The inaugural book in the series will be published in October 2015. My Unsentimental Education, a memoir by Debra Monroe (On the Outskirts of Normal), offers a smart and lyrical take on the isolation that occurs when crossing class barriers in pursuit of the life of the mind.

Press director Lisa Bayer adds, “Creative nonfiction as a genre is experiencing an unprecedented period of growth and interest—a bit of a golden age. Georgia’s strong literary legacy, combined with the richness of the field, positions us perfectly to make a visible mark.”

The series advisory board includes Dan Gunn, Pam Houston, Phillip Lopate, [Brevity founding editor] Dinty W. Moore, Lia Purpura, Patricia Smith, and Ned Stuckey-French.For more information:

visit the Crux series page at the University of Georgia Press– online submissions manager and submission guidelines available here

One Week Left for Brevity Open Submissions

March 18, 2015 § 1 Comment

5996451234_35fc7a9352_oA reminder: We have been blessed with a large number of high-quality submissions and have almost fully filled our September 2015 issue.  We have a bit of a longer backlog than we are comfortable with as well, so we will be shutting down our submission period earlier than usual this year: March 25th, to be exact.  We will reopen at the end of the summer.

Our special May 2015 issue, however, focusing on gender — what it is, what it means, how our understanding of it is changing — will remain open to submissions until APRIL 20th.  The early close only applies to our general category.

Thanks for your loyalty, your patience, and your excellent essays.

Brevity Reading Period to End in Two Weeks

March 11, 2015 § 3 Comments

Our Intern, Elsie

Our Intern, Elsie

Friends, we have been blessed with a large number of high-quality submissions and have almost fully filled our September 2015 issue.  We have a bit of a longer backlog than we are comfortable with as well, so we will be shutting down our submission period earlier than usual this year: March 25th, to be exact.  We will reopen at the end of the summer.

Our special May 2015 issue, however, focusing on gender — what it is, what it means, how our understanding of it is changing — will remain open to submissions until APRIL 20th.  The early close only applies to our general category.

Thanks for your loyalty, your patience, and your excellent essays.

Brevity Issue on Experiences of Gender Now Open for Submissions

February 20, 2015 § 2 Comments

Kate Bornstein

Kate Bornstein

Brevity upcoming special issue focused on on experiences of gender is now accepting submissions.

We are looking for work that considers gender: what it is, what it means, how our understanding of it is changing. We want essays that explore how gender is learned during childhood, lived over the entire course of a life, and how our changing understanding of gender shapes the way we experience ourselves and others.

This special issue will feature new work by Kate Bornstein, the original gender outlaw. Ms. Bornstein’s books include Gender Outlaw, My (New) Gender Workbook, and Queer and Present Danger. The issue will be guest edited by Silas Hansen and Sarah Einstein. Silas is an assistant professor at Ball State University and has published personal essays that explore his experiences as a transgender man in Slate, Colorado Review, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Sarah is the past Managing Editor of Brevity, author of the upcoming book Mot: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press, 2015), and a queer writer whose work explores the murky spaces between formal identity and lived experience.

We are looking for flash essays (which we define as 750 words or fewer) that explore the lived experience of gender, show the reader a new way to look at the familiar, or give voice to under-represented experiences. Submissions will be open until April 20th and the issue will be published in mid-May

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