We want to expect the unexpected. We are looking for extraordinary tales and the not so extraordinary, but most importantly, work that exhibits well executed writing, writing so amazing that it makes even the mundane interesting.
To give you a sense of the kind of writing that excites me, here are ten essays that I love:
- D. Watkins, “Too Poor for Pop Culture”
- Jacqueline Kolosov, “Dust, Light, Life”
- Heidi Basarab, “Did Mother, Maybe, Not Know Best?”
- Melissa Febos, “Call My Name”
- Jeffrey Hammond, “Night’s Watch”
- Kerry Reilly, “Body Worlds”
- Tara Dapra, “Writing Memoir and Writing for Therapy: An Inquiry on the Functions of Reflection”
- David Rompf, “A Personal History of Staring”
- Richard Terrill, ”Who Was Bill Evans?”
- Jericho Parms, “A Chapter On Red”
All submissions of non-fiction should be 3,000 words or less. Writers are allowed (even encouraged!) to submit up to two pieces, so long as the total word count does not exceed the maximum. Please indicate your word count in the document, prior to the title of your piece.
Note: Please take the time to read the overall guidelines above. We promise that if you read them carefully, then we will read your submission carefully.