Monday, November 22, 2010

Creative Nonfiction contest: The Night – Deadline Januay 10, 2011

Creative Nonfiction magazine and The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies are seeking essays about "The Night": It was a dark and stormy night; Strangers in the Night; the night sky; Friday Night Lights; things that go bump in the night; Take Back the Night; night owls; The Night Before Christmas; The Night Watch; The Night Kitchen; The Armies of the Night; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; prom night; date night; Good Night, Nurse!

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.

Essays will be judged by Susan Orlean, and Best Essay will be awarded $5,000 plus publication in the Summer 2011 issue of Creative Nonfiction. One runner-up will receive $2,500 plus publication online.

Guidelines: Essays must be unpublished, 4,000 words maximum, postmarked by January 10, 2011, and clearly marked "The Night" on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. Author's name and contact information should appear in a cover letter, but not the manuscript itself. There is a $20 reading fee. Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay, SASE and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: The Night
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Creative Nonfiction was the first and is still the largest literary magazine to regularly and exclusively publish high quality nonfiction prose. The journal has helped launch the careers of some of the genre's most exciting emerging writers, as well as helping establish the creative nonfiction genre as a worthy academic pursuit.

Creative Nonfiction has a circulation of 7,000 and serves the whole spectrum of readers, from nonfiction and journalism enthusiasts to poetry and fiction writers, editors and agents.

Recent partnerships with book publishers, notably W. W. Norton and Southern Methodist University Press, have led to special issues published simultaneously as books an arrangement that not only offers great value to subscribers but also helps work stay in print for longer and have wider distribution.

The editorial board of Creative Nonfiction includes many of America’s most important authors of creative nonfiction: Diane Ackerman, Buzz Bissinger, Edwidge Danticat, Annie Dillard, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, Tracy Kidder, Rick Moody, Dinty W. Moore, Patricia Park, Francine Prose, Richard Rodriguez, Lea Simonds, Rebecca Skloot, and Gay Talese.


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