Call for Essays: Special Nonfiction Issue of Literature and Belief

January 15, 2015 § 4 Comments

From Brevity author Joey Franklin:

litBlfHere at BYU we host an eclectic literary and scholarly journal titled Literature and Belief that examines a broad spectrum of moral-religious issues in literature.  The journal is in it’s 27th volume and publishes a wide range of genres—poetry, personal essay, literary criticism, interviews, and book reviews—and has published many well-respected authors including Ted Hughes, Wayne Booth, Peter Hawkins, and William Stafford, to name a few.

Recently the editors at Literature and Belief  asked me to edit a special nonfiction issue–and so I’m putting the word out to the CNF community in hopes of putting together a great issue.

The journal’s title is the only hard and fast editorial guideline—we’re looking for the best possible creative nonfiction (personal essays, lyric essays, literary journalism, travel narratives, nature essays, memoir, etc) that explores issues of belief in some way.

email your questions and submissions to:
For more information, visit the journal’s website:

CSU Poetry Center: Essay Collection Competition

January 6, 2015 § 2 Comments

eiffelThe Cleveland State University Poetry Center, although primarily known for its focus on contemporary poetry, also publishes in other genres, and this year CSU is inviting submissions to an Essay Collection Competition. The winner will have their book published as the first in a series that hopes to serve as a home for innovative, lyric, literary, or experimental nonfiction collections.

The press adds: “See Wayne Koestenbaum’s My 1980s and Other Essays, Eula Biss’ Notes From No Man’s Land, Maggie Nelson’s The Art of Cruelty, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things To Me, Hilton Als’ White Girls, or Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams as recent collections we’ve loved for their messy structures, exciting subject matter, serious research, and surprising, beautiful language.”

Judge: Wayne Koestenbaum

Submission Dates: January 1 – March 31

Winners will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract.

More information here on eligibility and the submission process.

Prairie Schooner Call for Blog Posts

January 2, 2015 § 1 Comment

Alicia OstrikerOur venerable and well-regarded colleague Prairie Schooner‘s Winter 2014 issue features a poetry portfolio of world writers on Women and the Global Imagination, guest-edited by Alicia Ostriker. They’d love to give this idea an even bigger and more multifaceted conversation, and they’re seeking guest bloggers to write on that theme.

What are we looking for? Here’s a few ideas to get you started: What would a year of reading only women writers look like? Female characters in literature and cinema: which ones are likable and which ones aren’t, and why? Which journals are publishing female voices? How do gender binaries exclude certain voices? Is promoting “women writers” enough, or, how can greater inclusivity be achieved? Who are some great female editors working today? What is the “Global Imagination,” and how does femininity relate? How can we use advances in technology to hear voices from all over the world? In what ways can the Global Imagination be transformed?

Whether you call it an essay, an article, or something in between, we’d love to read your thoughts and ideas. Wrap them up in 500 to 2,000 words of well-considered wit, pith, and syntax, and submit by January 15.

Does one of these questions (or another idea entirely) spark your pen? Head on over to Submittable for the full details.

Call for CNF: Booth

December 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

boothBooth, the literary magazine at Butler University, is seeking creative nonfiction submissions. They write:
Send us your morsels of memoir, your meditations that meander, your rants that rage and roam, your heart-wrenching reveries, your playful portraits. Send us daddylong-legged work that straddles genre. Send us pieces that fiddle with form. We want essays of midnight-blue mosaic, braided essays brilliant with bedazzling, stretches of the lawn-green lyric, and personal essays that glow like orange persimmon.


Indiana Review 2015 Nonfiction Prize

December 14, 2014 § Leave a comment


Kiese Laymon

Indiana Review is currently accepting submissions for their inaugural 2015 Nonfiction Prize, final judge Kiese Laymon.

Submissions close on January 15 at midnight EST.

The winner will receive $1000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are read anonymously and considered for publication.  Full contest entry guidelines are available here.


Creative Nonfiction Calls

December 9, 2014 § 1 Comment

So many opportunities!!

So many opportunities!!

Our good friends at Creative Nonfiction magazine and In Fact books have a few new calls out, and there may be a few you’ll want to answer.  Here are the details and deadlines from their e-mail call, and a link to the submission website:

We’re seeking submissions for two new anthologies from In Fact Books, a special issue of CNF, and the Exploring the Boundaries section of the magazine. 

Jan 20

Exploring the Boundaries (section of the magazine)

What to send: Ambitious writing that pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules.

Feb 9

Beyond Crazy (a book!)

What to send: Original stories that address–either directly or obliquely–the trials of living with mental illness.

 Mar 9

Becoming a Teacher (another book!)
What to send: Stories by and/or about elementary and secondary school teachers, recalling and reflecting on the most salient moments of their careers.

 Apr 13

The Weather (a special issue of CNF)

What’s on the line: $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up; publication in CNF.

What to send: True stories–personal, historical, reported–about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever’s happening where you are. We’re looking for well-crafted essays that will change the way we see the world around us.

More Information on all of these and more can be found here.

Smile, Please

November 18, 2014 § 12 Comments


Brevity’s Fundraising Team

The next weeks are rich with holidays – Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve – and the Brevity blog would like to mark these occasions by publishing your brief essays centering on holiday smiles. The smiles can be joyous, wry, crooked, melancholy, sentimental, or dripping with sarcasm, as long as you are smiling and the essay centers on a late November to early January holiday, including any we’ve forgotten to mention above.  The best works will be printed here on the blog. The best of the best, determined by the readers themselves, will be awarded a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

We hope also to encourage readers to use Amazon Smile to help Brevity pay authors and grow stronger. Yes, Amazon’s relationship to book sales and authors remains controversial, but we also know that many of our loyal readers use Amazon to make non-book related purchases. So we ask that you continue to purchase books from your local independent bookseller, if you are lucky enough to have one nearby, and to channel other Amazon holiday shopping through the Amazon Smile Brevity Link. It’s easy: you simply use this link (it doesn’t cost you a cent) and we get a few pennies on every purchase. You can bookmark the link and make it your permanent Amazon entryway, which would really make us smile.

Meanwhile, send your Holiday Smile flash essay (300-words or fewer), along with a brief bio, to no later than midnight December 21st, 2014.  Entries are free if you promise scout’s honor to use Brevity Smile for your holiday shopping this year and help us grow stronger and more smiley.



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