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    At Diode Editions, our mission is to beautifully craft our books, and to fanatically support our authors.


    C&R publishes 16+ books of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and other work from a wide range of authors and orientations each year.


    Tupelo Press is an award-winning independent literary press that provides a home for transcendent poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction in books that are a delight both to hold and to read.


    Created with the belief that great writing is good for the world, Two Sylvias Press publishes poetry, memoir, essays, anthologies, and creativity tools while mixing modern technology with vintage style.

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  • a+bend press
  • Able Muse Press

    Able Muse Press publishes poetry and short story collections, and novels from emerging and established authors. Though not exclusively, our focus is formal poetry.

  • Academy Chicago Publishers

    Academy Chicago Publishers poetry, fiction, nonfiction

  • Acre Books

    Acre Books fiction, poetry, anthology

  • ActionBooks
  • Ad Lumen Press

    Ad Lumen Press fiction, nonfiction, poetry

  • Africa World Press

    Africa World Press fiction, nonfiction, poetry

  • Agape Editions - big list of publishers
  • Ahsahta Press
  • Airlie Press
  • AK Press

    AK Press radical books, visual and audio media

  • Akashic Books
  • Alice James Books
  • Allium Press of Chicago
  • Amberjack Publishing

    Amberjack Publishing fiction, memoir

  • Ampersand Books

    Ampersand Books poetry, fiction

  • Anhinga Press
  • Annick Press

    Annick Press children/YA fiction, nonfiction

  • Anomalous Press

    Anomalous Press fiction, poetry, chapbooks

  • Anvil Press

    Anvil Press poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

  • Apex Press

    Apex Press nonfiction

  • Apogee Press
  • Arbeiter Ring Publishing

    Arbeiter Ring Publishing (Canada) poetry, fiction, nonfiction

  • Archipelago Books
  • Argos Books

    Argos Books poetry, translations, hybrid, collaborations

  • Arktoi Books

    Arktoi Books lesbian poetry, fiction, nonfiction

  • Arsenal Pulp Press

    Arsenal Pulp Press fiction, nonfiction

  • Arte Publico Press

    Arte Publico Press poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

  • Ashland Creek Press

    Ashland Creek Press fiction, memoirs, essays

  • Ashland Poetry Press
  • Astrophil Press

    Astrophil Press poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre, books, chapbooks

  • Atelier26 Books

    Atelier26 Books fiction, nonfiction

  • AU Press

    AU Press (Canada) scholarly works, poetry, fiction, nonfiction

  • Augury Books
  • Aunt Lute Books

    Aunt Lute Books poetry, nonfiction, anthologies

  • Autonomedia

    Autonomedia fiction, nonfiction

  • Autumn Hill Books

    Autumn Hill Books fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations

  • Autumn House Press

    Autumn House Press is a nonprofit corporation registered in the state of Pennsylvania whose mission is to publish and promote poetry and other fine literature.


  • Backbone Press

    Backbone Press poetry, chapbooks

  • The Backwaters Press
  • Bamboo Ridge Press

    Bamboo Ridge Press poetry, fiction, nonfiction

  • Bancroft Press

    Bancroft Press fiction, nonfiction

  • Banff Centre Press
  • Baobab Press

    Baobab Press fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children's

  • Barrelhouse Books

    Barrelhouse Books poetry, anthologies, nonfiction

  • Barrow Street Press
  • Barrytown/Station Hill Press

    Barrytown/Station Hill Press poetry, fiction, nonfiction, criticism

  • BatCat Press

    BatCat Press poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, graphic novels, chapbooks

  • Bateau Press

    Bateau Press poetry, fiction, chapbooks

  • Bauhan Publishing

    Bauhan Publishing regional nonfiction, poetry

  • Baylor University Press

    Baylor University Press nonfiction, children's books, criticism, scholarly works

  • Beacon Press

    Beacon Press poetry, fiction, nonfiction

  • Bear Star Press
  • Beaufort Books

    Beaufort Books fiction, nonfiction

  • Bella Books

    Bella Books lesbian fiction

  • Belladonna Books

    Belladonna Books poetry by women

  • Belle Lutte Press
  • Bellevue Literary Press
  • Belt Publishing

    Belt Publishing nonfiction, anthologies

  • Ben Yehuda Press

    Ben Yehuda Press Jewish fiction, nonfiction, poetry

  • Between the Lines

    Between the Lines nonfiction by Canadians

  • Biblioasis

    Biblioasis fiction, poetry, criticism, nonfiction

  • Big Table Publishing

    Big Table Publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry

  • Big Wonderful

    Big Wonderful poetry, fiction, nonfiction, collections, chapbooks

  • Bilingual Review Press

    Bilingual Review Press art, nonfiction, translations

  • Birds, LLC
  • Bitter Oleander Press

    The Bitter Oleander endeavors to publish imaginative poetry, short fiction, interviews, essays, and especially translations of living poets from every corner of the world whether in our biannual journal or in bilingual editions of contemporary poetry. Freedom in Reading!

  • BkMk Press

    BkMk Press poetry, short fiction

  • Black Balloon Publishing
  • Black Classic Press

    Black Classic Press African American nonfiction

  • Black Heron Press
  • Black Hill Press

    Black Hill Press fiction, novellas

  • Black Inc.

    Black Inc. poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art

  • Black Lawrence Press
  • Black Moss Press

    Black Moss Press poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

  • Black Mountain Press

    Black Mountain Press fiction, nonfiction, poetry

  • Black Ocean Press
  • Black Radish Books
  • Black Rock Press

    Black Rock Press poetry, fiction, nonfiction

  • Black Rose Books

    Black Rose Books nonfiction, criticism, art

  • Black Sun Lit

    Black Sun Lit fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations

  • Black Widow Press

    Black Widow Press poetry, fiction, essays, translation

  • BlazeVOX books

    BlazeVOX books poetry, fiction

  • Bloodaxe Books
  • Bloof Books

    Bloof Books poetry, chapbooks

  • Blue Cubicle Press

    Blue Cubicle Press chapbooks, poetry, fiction, literary magazines

  • Blue Lyra Press - big list of publishers

    Blue Lyra Press poetry, fiction, chapbooks

  • BOA Editions Limited
  • BOAAT Press
  • Bold Strokes Books

    Bold Strokes Books LGBT fiction, nonfiction

  • BookThug

    BookThug (Canada) poetry, prose, chapbooks

  • Booth Books

    Booth Books fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, anthology

  • Bootstrap Productions

    Bootstrap Press poetry, fiction

  • Borealis Press

    Borealis Press Canadian poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, YA fiction

  • Boss Fight Books
  • Bottle of Smoke Press

    Bottle of Smoke Press poetry, chapbooks, broadsides

  • Bottlecap Press

    Bottlecap Press poetry, chapbooks

  • Bottom Dog Press

    Bottom Dog Press fiction, nonfiction, poetry

  • Braddock Avenue Books
  • Breakwater Books

    Breakwater Books (Canada) fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children's

  • Brick Books

    Brick Books (Canada) poetry by Canadians

  • Brick Mantel Books
  • Brick Road Poetry Press
  • Brickhouse Books

    Brickhouse Books poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction

  • Bright Hill Press

    Bright Hill Press poetry, chapbooks

  • Brindle & Glass

    Brindle & Glass (Canada) poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, Children/YA

  • Broad Kill River Press
  • Broadside Lotus Press

    Broadside Lotus Press African American poetry

  • Broadstone Books
  • Brooklyn Arts Press

    Brooklyn Arts Press poetry, chapbooks, short fiction, novels, art books, nonfiction

  • Bucknell University Press

    Bucknell University Press literary criticism, nonfiction

  • Bull City Press
  • Burning Books

    Burning Books poetry, fiction

  • Burnside Review Press
  • Burrow Press

    Burrow Press fiction, nonfiction

  • Button Poetry
  • Frederic C. Beil, Publisher

    Frederic C. Beil, Publisher history, biography, fiction

  • George Braziller, Inc.

    George Braziller, Inc. poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, architecture, design

  • C&R Press

    C&R publishes 16+ books of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and other work from a wide range of authors and orientations each year.

  • Caitlin Press

    Caitlin Press (Canada) regional nonfiction, fiction, poetry

  • Calamari Press
  • Calypso Editions

    Calypso Editions poetry, fiction, translations

  • Calyx Books

    Calyx Books poetry, fiction, nonfiction, anthologies

  • Cambridge University Press - North America
  • Canarium
  • Candlewick Press

    Candlewick Press children's books

  • Carbon Books

    Carbon Books is open to all literary genres and approaches. The new book imprint of Carbon Culture, Carbon Books is looking for titles with a voice.

  • Carcanet

    Carcanet (UK) poetry

  • Carnegie Mellon University Press

    Carnegie Mellon University Press poetry, fiction, short stories, nonfiction, drama

  • Carolina Wren Press

    Carolina Wren Press poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

  • Catalyst Press

    Catalyst Press fiction, nonfiction

  • Catapult

    Catapult fiction, nonfiction

  • CavanKerry Press
  • Cave Canem

    Cave Canem African American poetry

  • CB editions

    CB editions (UK) fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations

  • The Center for Literary Publishing

    Home of Colorado Review, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, and the Mountain West Poetry Series.

  • Červená Barva Press

    Červená Barva Press poetry, fiction, chapbooks

  • Chax Press
  • Chelsea Editions


General Overview

Unlike many magazines, Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions. Our editors believe that providing a platform for emerging writers and helping them find readers is an essential role of literary magazines, and it’s been our privilege to work with many fine writers early in their careers. A typical issue of CNF contains at least one essay by a previously unpublished writer.

We’re open to all types of creative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir. Our editors tend to gravitate toward submissions structured around narratives, but we’re always happy to be pleasantly surprised by work that breaks outside this general mold. Above all, we’re most interested in writing that blends style with substance, and reaches beyond the personal to tell us something new about the world. We firmly believe that great writing can make any subject interesting to a general audience.

Creative Nonfiction typically accepts submissions via regular mail and online through Submittable. Please read specific calls for submissions carefully.

We try to respond to all submissions as soon as possible. If you submit by regular mail, you will receive an email from us (typically within a week of your manuscript’s arrival in our office), confirming we have received your manuscript. If you submit online, you will receive a confirmation email from Submittable.

We read year-round, but it is not uncommon for a decision to take up to 6 months; unfortunately, this is especially true of work we like. If you have not heard from us since the initial confirmation email, please assume your manuscript is still under consideration.

Please follow the links below for more information about: 

A Note About Fact-checking

Essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a fairly rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and ideally, it should, to some degree), CNF editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography.

Current Submission Calls


For a special issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re seeking true stories about finding—or, perhaps, coming to terms with losing—your place in the world. Deadline: May 21, 2018Complete guidelines »


For a special contest and issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re seeking true stories about doing it—whether you’re straight, gay, or other; alone, in a couple, or in a crowd; doing it for the first time or the last, or not doing it at all. Deadline: July 16, 2018Complete guidelines »


Submissions for our monthly mini-magazine should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject, in any style. Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work.  Now ReadingComplete guidelines »


Have an idea for a literary timeline? An opinion on essential texts for readers and/or writers? An in-depth, working knowledge of a specific type of nonfiction? Pitch us your ideas; Creative Nonfiction is now accepting query letters for several sections of the magazine. Accepted Year-Round. Complete guidelines »


Can you tell a true story in 140 characters (or fewer)? Think you could write one hundred CNF-worthy micro essays a day? Go for it. We dare you. There's no limit. Simply follow Creative Nonfiction on Twitter (@cnfonline) and tag your tiny truths with the trending topic #cnftweet. That's it. We re-tweet winners daily and republish ~20 winning tweets in every issue of Creative Nonfiction. Not sure what we're looking for? Check out this roundtable discussion about the art of micro-essaying with some of the more prolific #cnftweet-ers. 

Previous Submission Calls


Closed: December 12, 2016
Issue now available.


Closed: April 17, 2017
Look for this themed issue as our Spring 2018 release.


Closed: June 19, 2017
We are actively reading the submissions received and expect to be able to update submitters on the status of their work in fall 2017. Look for this themed issue as our Spring 2018 release.


Closed: September 11, 2017
We are actively reading the submissions received and expect to be able to update submitters on the status of their work in spring 2018.


Closed: November 6, 2017
We are actively reading the submissions received and expect to be able to update submitters on the status of their work in summer 2018.


Closed: February 26, 2018

We are actively reading the submissions received and expect to be able to update submitters on the status of their work in fall 2018.


Closed: November 20, 2017
We are actively reading the submissions received and expect to be able to update submitters on the status of their work in summer 2018.

A Note About Reading Fees

Here at Creative Nonfiction, we are always reading, searching for excellent new work to showcase in our various publications. At any given time, we usually have several submission portals open (see above calls for submissions), many of which require writers to pay a reading fee to submit their work.

Why we charge reading fees.

  1. We publish between 70-100 writers every year, and we pay every single one of those writers; reading fees help offset that expense.
  2. We like to pay writers more when we can, so we often run essay contests (with prizes ranging from $1,000-$10,000 per winning piece); reading fees help us offset that expense.
  3. Online submission is incredibly convenient for writers, but in some cases, it can be too convenient. Charging a nominal fee helps eliminate spam submitters--and it helps offset the administrative expenses of processing submissions.

How to avoid paying the reading fees.

  1. For books and other non-contest submission categories, send a hard-copy submission through the mail. The only cost is in ink and postage.
  2. Participate in our ongoing micro-essay experiment on Twitter! We publish 22 "Tiny Truths" in every issue… and we pay these writers with copies of the magazine.
  3. Subscribe to Creative Nonfiction and/or True Story. 

How buying a subscription to CNF eliminate the cost of a reading fee.

We recently adopted a new policy: no active subscriber to CNF will ever have to pay a reading fee of any type. Ever. Subscribers can submit as many times, to as many calls for submissions as they like, as long as their subscription is current. This is our way of supporting the readers who are supporting us.

Ways to become a subscriber (or renew a lapsed subscription) to CNF.

  1. Submit your work. Many of our calls for submissions offer a submit-and-subscribe option—the price of which is about 25% less than the cost of the regular subscription.*
  2. Join our email list. Joining our list is another way to stay up-to-date for all of our current calls and news. Once you've signed up, you'll be offered a chance to subscribe for $10 less than the regular price.**
  3. Subscribe. You can always purchase a subscription at the regular price at any time from anywhere.

* Offer valid for U.S. subscribers only. We regret the limitation, but it’s incredibly expensive to send magazines overseas.
** Again, U.S. residents only.


How much do you pay for a published essay?

For essays published in Creative Nonfiction magazine, we typically pay a $50 flat fee + $10/printed page, plus a copy of the magazine. For essays published in an In Fact Books anthology, we typically pay a flat fee between $100 and $150. 

My essay is over your word limit. Will you still consider it for publication?          

We’re very sorry, but we have to draw the line somewhere.

Do you always charge a reading fee?

No: you can always submit non-themed essays for consideration without a reading fee, if you send a hard copy via regular mail. Like many other magazines, we charge a $3 convenience fee to submit essays online through Submittable. In the case of contests, reading fees generally offset the costs associated with those issues, as well as (in most cases) the prize money; or, for a small additional cost, you can become a subscriber, which also helps keep the lights on at CNF.

Will you consider excerpts from longer pieces?

We are happy to read excerpts from longer pieces, though in our experience it rarely works to pull 4,500 words from a longer piece and call it an essay. Rather, we suggest you consider adapting part of your longer piece so that it can truly stand alone.

Does something posted on a blog count as previously published?

If your blog is shared with the public, we do consider its writing published. If you significantly re-write or expand a piece that is posted on your blog, though, we will be able to consider it for any of our calls for submissions.

Can I change the names or distinguishing characteristics of the people in my story to protect their privacy?

We typically prefer that you not do this, and would argue that, in most cases, there are better ways to approach this type of challenge. That said, in some cases—for example, if you’re a doctor writing about your work with patients—sometimes this may be appropriate. Regardless, we’re big fans of transparency, and greatly appreciate a note in the cover letter or perhaps even footnoted in the manuscript itself, if you’ve taken this type of liberty.

Will you give feedback on the essay I submitted?

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions we receive (in the neighborhood of 100+ essays per month), we can’t send detailed feedback or responses. If you are interested in having a professional editor review your manuscript, we encourage you to check out CNF’s mentoring program and online courses.

Can I submit an essay I wrote in one of CNF’s online courses or in the mentoring program?

Sorry, no. But we do wish you the best of luck placing such work elsewhere, and hope you’ll keep in touch with your teacher or mentor and let us know about any successes!

What are CNF’s copyright requirements?

CNF typically considers only unpublished work and seeks first publication rights. After publication, CNF typically retains certain reprint rights, and some other rights revert to the author. We find that when people ask this question, they usually mean, “I’m submitting a chapter from a book I’m writing, and I need to have the rights to it.” Please know that we absolutely do not retain any rights that would interfere with your ability to publish your work in your own book. 

Can I make changes to my essay once I submit it online?

The work you submit for consideration should be the final proofread and edited version of your essay. We do understand that mistakes happen, however, so in the event that you submitted the wrong file, realized that your essay was a poem, or some other obvious oversight, we do allow editing of submitted essays within a limited set of parameters--usually within two weeks of the original submission date or up until a contest deadline. After the essay has been assigned to a reader, changing files can cause a lot of confusion and may result in our not giving your work our best attention.

I found a typo in my submission. What should I do?

While your essay should be carefully proofread, a small typo will not influence the overall evaluation of your submission. In the event that we accept your essay for publication, it will go through a careful editorial process, and you will have plenty of opportunities to review it carefully.


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