Beautiful ‘truths’: Resource ListingA creative nonfiction resource list for Australians

        According to Lee Gutkind, creative nonfiction (CNF)makes use of techniques usually employed by poets and fiction writers, such as “scenes, dialogue, close and detailed descriptions” [i].It seems to be a predominantly American movement, but these techniques have been used all over the world, probably predating the CNF movement by centuries[ii] . In Australia, the definition of the essay definitely includes what would be defined as creative nonfiction—for example, Peter Craven’s definition of 'essay’ in The Best Australian Essays of 2000 as “the word we use when something in a paper or magazine seems to have more than an ephemeral value or when something by an intellectual seems to communicate to more than a specialised audience."[iii]

For the purpose of this resource list, I will be concentrating mainly on the creative nonfiction essay, and to a lesser extent, books. When their essays are often published in newspapers or magazines, authors come under the jurisdiction of journalistic bodies, ethics and standards. Because the subject matter is supposed to be ‘truth’, essayists must be mindful of the local and international laws of copyright and libel.

My chosen field of new media is the online creative essay and also creative non-fiction, within Australia and internationally.


Part 1: Australian Institutional Frameworks
1:1 Australian professional bodies and organisations
Table 1: Professional bodies and organisations:
1: 2 Useful Industry Links
1:3 Ethics, copyright and libel laws
1: 4 Fellowships, grants, awards and competitions
Table 2: Grants
Table 3: Competitions and awards
1:5 Australian literary journals
Table 4: Australian print literary journals publishing creative nonfiction essays
Part 2: International Institutional Frameworks
2: 1 Professional bodies and organisations
Table 5: International professional bodies and organisations
Table 6: University programs offering courses in creative nonfiction
2: 2 Useful Industry Links
2:3 Ethics, copyright and legal considerations
2:4 Fellowships, grants, awards and competitions
Table 7: International Fellowships and Grants
Table 8: International Prizes and Awards for creative nonfiction works
2:5 International print journals publishing creative nonfiction essays
Table 9: International Print Journals accepting creative nonfiction
Part 3: Creative nonfiction in the new media
Table 10: Online literary journals publishing creative nonfiction

Part 1: Australian Institutional Frameworks

1:1 Australian professional bodies and organisations

Within Australia the field is dominated by more traditional literary bodies such as University English and Literature departments and the literary journals they publish, literary associations and government funding bodies.

Table 1: Professional bodies and organisations:


Address/Web Address

Association for the Study of Australian Literature

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Charles Sturt University, Locked Bag 588 Wagga Wagga MC NSW 2678

Promotes the study of Australian writing, holds annual conferences, publishes a journal and publishes selected critical and scholarly works on Australian literature. Definitely worth joining to keep up with the field of Australian literature.

Australian Interactive Media Industry Association

Level 12, Skygarden Tower, 77 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000

(02) 92381900

Peak body for the interactive media and digital content sectors in Australia, devoted to commercial development of the industry and support of members.

Society of Women Writers (NSW)

GPO Box 1388 Sydney NSW 2001

(02) 95448630

Support for women writers, regular meetings at the SLNSW, guest speakers.

Australian Journalists’ Association

PO Box 723 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

(02) 93330999

Information and help with industry standards, union services, awards, industry updates and the like.

Fellowship of Australian Writers

My local ACT branch is

Fellowship of Australian Writers (ACT)

9 Bage Place, Mawson ACT 2607

Promotes new Australian writing, and the study of Australian literature.

The Australia Council for the Arts

The Australian government’s art funding body. This group not only supports young and emerging writers, but actively shapes the field by supporting particular writers and artists over others.

Australian Society of Authors

PO Box 1566 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012,

Ph: (02) 9318 0877 Fax (02) 9318 0530   

Probably as close to a union as you’re going to get. Plays an advocacy and mentoring role for established and emerging writers.

The Press Council of Australia

Information about reporting guidelines, libel and defamation laws.

The Ozwrite Network of Writers’ Centres

Australian writers’ centres: Australian Writers' Centres,

Each state capital has a Writers’ Centre. These groups all have resources for writers, at the very least in acclimatising the new writer to the cultural field by meeting the people who help to define it. The websites often have information useful to the novice writer.

ACT Writers’ Centre

Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612

Ph (02) 6262 9191 Fax (02) 6262 9191

I’m a member of this group. It holds a couple of workshops a month, many of which cover nonfiction, but often this is more traditional historical writing than the modern memoir.  It also maintains a list of competitions which are available to members.<

Watermark Literary Society

Watermark literary society

Fostering writings about nature and place.

1: 2 Useful Industry Links

Pandora Web Archive  run by the National Library of Australia. When the small online literary journal you’ve published in vanishes from the net without trace, you may find your piece again if the journal was archived by Pandora.

Australian Creative Nonfiction  This is a special issue of Text – Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, on Australian creative nonfiction. Includes interesting articles by author Michael Wilder and literary editor Nigel Krauth.

Australian Government Culture and Recreation Portal A fantastic cultural resource, with lists of

·        Australian writers' centres;

·        Australian Stories, which embody many of the narratives and mores of the creative writing field in Australia:,

·        Australian literary journals<, including some history;

·        Australian literary websites

·        Arts in Australia, which again helps define the field.

1:3 Ethics, copyright and libel laws

The Copyright Council of Australia website has several Acrobat fact sheets which are useful for the essayist:

Information Sheet G78, Competitions

Information Sheet G81, Journalists and Copyright

Information Sheet G57, Creating and publishing on the internet

The most important factor to take from these is that when writers enter into publishing agreements or enter competitions, they should check the conditions of publication or entry, because occasionally this will involve >ceding some rights under copyright law. When this is the case, the Copyright Council suggests that writers should weigh up the advantages (of entering the competition, or publishing with this group) against whatever they will lose by giving up their rights.[iv]

Plagiarism, where someone has stolen the substantive content but not the expression or actual words, is against journalistic ethics but not copyright. Thus if someone plagiarises your ideas, it might not be possible to take legal action, unless they have substantially copied the text (wholly or in part) as well.

One of the most difficult problems is that as the web is available all over the world, so copyright laws from every country apply.  Australian Screen Writers' Guild FAQ on copyright has some basic practical information on dealing with international copyright issues. Australian Screen Writers' Guild FAQ on copyrightIt’s a little out of date though, since the copyright lasts for 70 years after author’s death, not 50.

A writer of creative nonfiction must also be careful not to transgress libel laws, especially if they want to write something which might cast a real person in a negative light. Like copyright, they should be aware of libel laws within both the country of publication, and the country where the potentially libelled person lives. For instance, in 2001, a website called Baron’s Online was published in the US, which had potentially libellous material on Victorian Joseph Gutnick. A Melbourne court found that as the material was able to be viewed in Victoria, that the case could be held in Victoria under the more stringent Australian laws[v].

The Australian Press Council page on Press Law in Australia has information on libel laws in Australia, under no. 10, Defamation. Particularly note no. 10.2 What constitutes defamation.

Information on reporting guidelines from the Australian Press Council.

1: 4 Fellowships, grants, awards and competitions

Many authors, including Dorothy Hewett, Delia Falconer and Henry Reynolds, would have struggled to survive without literary grants[vi]. In general, the more lucrative fellowships will only go to writers who have proven themselves through a number of significant works, however there are several smaller grants available to new and emerging writers with a few publications in recognised .

The Art of Getting the Grant, from the Age, has information tips from writers on getting grants in the modern Australian context.

Most of the grants below are not specifically for creative nonfiction; however creative nonfiction would be eligible. See the websites for more information on any of these. Most are open to Australian residents only[vii].

As a general rule, competitions are worth vetting thoroughly before you enter. If the entry fee is excessive compared with the prize, then the competition may well be a scam.

Table 2: Grants

Grant Title


Amount per annum

Who is eligible, and what for?

ACT Creative Arts Project Funding —Literature


Chief Minister’s Department

GPO Box 158


At the discretion of the committee

ACT residents who are emerging writers can apply for help with professional development and editing costs.  Includes nonfiction.

ACT Creative Arts Fellowship—Literature


Chief Minister’s Department

GPO Box 158



Individual ACT resident writers who have demonstrated excellence and shown potential for improvements

Arts South Australia Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship

Festival Awards, Arts Industry Development,

GPO Box 2308

10 Pulteney St

Adelaide SA 5000


South Australian writers working in various areas including on essays.

Australia Council Biennial Fellowships

Australia Council Biennial Fellowships


Writers with five significant works of literary nonfiction (comprising autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism or other analytical prose).

Australia Council’s New Work Grants

New work grants

5,000 – 30,000 depending on the experience of the writer

Emerging writers of literary nonfiction, with at least 10 published works in major print publications.

Australia Council Skills and Arts Development Grant

Skills and Arts Development Grant

6 months’ residency, $12,000 living allowance, $3,000 travel

Sponsors the writer for a six-month residency at various (specific) arts institutions around the world. Available to authors with one full-length work published (including of nonfiction)

New South Wales Ministry for the Arts Writer's Fellowship

Program Support
Arts NSW
PO Box A226


Applicants submit a proposal to complete a work which will advance Australian literature. Writer must live in NSW.

National Archives of Australia Frederick Watson Fellowship and Margaret George Award


Up to $15,000 (FW) and up to $10,00 (MG)

Living allowance granted to well established or emerging researchers to explore the archives in their field of expertise. Frank Moorhouse was a recent recipient.

Churchill Fellowship


Average of $25,000

Travelling fellowship for an Australian ‘of any walk of life’, with a substantial body of work, to travel overseas to research or study something that they couldn’t within Australia. Recipients spend over 4 weeks overseas.

Harold White Fellowship

National Library of Australia


Residency, an NLA office, access to stacks and interlibrary loans. Perfect for the creative nonfiction writer!

Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development

Varuna—The Writers’ House

141 Cascade St

Katoomba  NSW  2780

10 days’ stay at Varuna house with a Harper Collins senior editor to workshop a manuscript.

For new or emerging writers of prose fiction or narrative nonfiction.Note: the adjudication process costs!

Varuna House Retreat Fellowships

Varuna—The Writers’ House

141 Cascade St

Katoomba  NSW  2780

3 weeks at Varuna

Writers of many genres, including nonfiction.

Table 3: Competitions and awards[viii]

Prize Title






Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate (viewed 26 Oct. 06)

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

$15, 000


For an essay, which advanced public debate, published in the eligible period. Previous winners include John Button, Don Watson, Malcolm Fraser and Robert Manne, so probably best not to get the hopes up

Australian Book Review Reviewing Competition (viewed 11 Oct. 06)

PO Box 2320, Richmond South, Vic 3121

$200 (gift voucher, publication)

< 800

Review must be on a book published since 2000 by an Australian or with Australian themes.

Australian Book Review Calibre prize for outstanding essay

PO Box 2320, Richmond South, Vic 3121


3,000 –10,000

On any nonfiction topic, must be unpublished and not on offer to any other publication.

Australian Human Rights Award—Arts Nonfiction category

Public Affairs Unit

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission


None given

Writers who have made a significant contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights. Anyone who nominates themselves for this would deserve to lose.

Australian-Irish Heritage Joyce Parks Women Writers’ Prize

PO Box 1583 Subiaco WA 6904



For prose essays, fiction or nonfiction. Open to all Australian women. Themes change so check the website.

Berringa and Beyond Multicultural Literary Awards

C/- Post Office, Scarsdale VIC 3351



Multicultural theme. Papyrus press has has difficulties lately, so this may yet disappear soon.

Hastings Regional FAW Literary Competition

PO Box 67, Port Macquarie NSW 2444



Three sections, one of which is Article or Memoir. Contact FAW for a copy of ‘The Writers’ Voice’ for all current competition and contact information.

Patricia Hacket Prize



English Communication and Cultural Studies

University of WA

Crawley WA 6009


None given

For the most outstanding contribution to the literary journal Westerly.

William Todhunter Literary Award, Woodsite Valley Foundation WA.

47 Kitchener Avenue, Victoria Park, WA 6100



>Western Australian history preservation society. Essays of 3000-5000 (spoken) words, topic is given (this year’s is ‘Miasma’-infectious or toxic emanation).


1:5 Australian literary journals

Many Australian literary journals will accept creative nonfiction essays. Most have an individual slant—those attached to University English departments such as Heat, Southerly and Westerly are a little more experimental, whereas the independent journals Meanjin, Overland and Quadrant, which derive from long standing arts or social movements within Australia, tend to be more overtly political.

The most promising new journal for essayists is The Monthly magazine, which publishes beautifully-crafted, accessible nonfiction. Although it tends to only publish well established authors, it’s worth reading to get a feel for the field.

It may be easier for the novice writer to be printed in some of the smaller journals, but these will carry less prestige than a publication in the major print journals.

In general, most submission manuscripts must be:

·        printed on A4, single side only,

·        double spaced and with a large margin,

·         use Times New Roman 12 pt,

·        include name, address and copyright on a cover sheet.

·        Editors often request a brief biography (200 words).

Table 4: Australian print literary journals publishing creative nonfiction essays


Word Length

Submit via



Australian Multicultural Book Review

Max 3,000

Hard copy

Free AMBR magazine

Guidelines as per Papyrus Press – should address multicultural issues

Cultural Studies Review

3,000-7,000 words

Email as MSWord attachment to


Journal of cultural studies and new writing. Useful both for reading, and submitting articles. Accepts freelance submissions for creative essays.

Heat Magazine

Max 6,000

Hard copy

None mentioned

Now part of the Writing and Society Research Group, Uni. W. Syd.


5,000, most much less

Hard copy only


University of Melbourne. Hight quality. Include a biographical note with submission. Between 10 and 20 essays per issue.



Hard copy, email

None mentioned

La Trobe University English Review.

The Monthly


Hard copy only

At editor’s discretion

Literate, creative nonfiction essays publishes. Publishes well-known names such as Don Watson, Helen Garner, Robert Manne, Gideon Haigh, edited by Kerryn Goldsworthy.  Contact editor before submission.


Max 5,000, most pieces tend to be half that.

Hard copy


High quality, left-leaning literary journal publishing about 6 essays per issue.



Short stories: hard copy


High quality, right-leaning literary journal.

Skive Magazine Quarterly


Email with MSWord attachment


Amateur journal run by Matt Ward. Has just become a print mag. Easy to publish in (I have done so, under a pseudonym!)


2,000-5,000, most about 2,000 words

Hard copy


Journal of the English Association, University of Sydney. Prints a few more short stories than Meanjin.

Social Alternatives                                   

1,000 to 3,000

Hard copy, email, disk in PC format


Left wing/ progressive/rights based polemic newsletter.

Text: Australian Association of Writing Programs Journal

No word length specified

Email only  to


Very literary, accepts short stories, fictocriticism, creative nonfiction, cross-genre and experimental prose.

UQ Vanguard

Max 4,000

Hard copy with disk, email


Submissions must be politically correct, experimental. As it is sponsored by the University of Queensland Student Union, it may be an endangered species


Max 2,000, but often much shorter, 800.

Hard copy only


About 4 essays per issue.


500 – 3,000

Hard copy with disk in rtf format, email with attachment in rtf format


Published by a co-operative of writers from the Dandenong ranges. Accessible rather than experimental work seems to be preferred.

Writers—Life Stories

1000 words

Email only


Autobiographical only. Very new publication therefore might disappear.

Part 2: International Institutional Frameworks

2: 1 Professional bodies and organisations

Overseas, but particularly in the US context, creative nonfiction falls within not only the academic field, but there is a far wider tradition of high quality essays within the journalistic field. The prestigious journals The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine are the pinnacle of this tradition.

Interestingly, creative nonfiction, along with cross-genre literature in general, is flourishing in Canada, which must have a very healthy arts budget.

Table 5: International professional bodies and organisations:

Name and Web Address


Creative Nonfiction Organisation

Provides mentoring, a journal devoted to creative nonfiction, an education program, and a website with enormous resources. Publishes two journals.

Arts Council, UK

Development agency for the arts in the UK. Distributes government and National Lottery money.

National Endowment of the Arts (USA)

The USA’s largest funding body for the creative arts.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs

An international organisation providing members with job lists, a newsletter with writing and publishing advice, a grants and awards calendar, and advocacy.

American Society of Journalists and Authors

This society caters for freelance nonfiction writers, which most essayists will be.

The Author’s Guild (US)

Plays an advocacy role. Website has excellent legal advice on contracts, electronic rights, copyright, and news. Members must be published book authors or freelance authors (having had 3 piece published in the last 18 months).

New Zealand Society of Authors

Advocacy for New Zealand Writers. Has good links for the novice writer.

International PEN

PEN is an actively political group, which aims to support writers within oppressive regimes or societies.

Writer’s Market

(US equivalent of Australian Writers’ Marketplace)

An online writer’s resource, published by F&W press, listing agents, publishers, contests and other information for authors. By subscription only.

SALT: Institute for Documentary Studies

One of these American artistic communities set up in the 1970s, and still going strong. Offers courses in creative nonfiction. Has a great resource listing.


Table 6: University programs offering courses in creative nonfiction

Reflecting the fact that creative nonfiction is a more American genre, there are several American and one English university, offering postgraduate degrees specialising in creative nonfiction.

Name and Web Address


University of Iowa English Department,

Nonfiction Writing Program MFA degree in literary nonfictionHas a very useful reading list.

George Mason University Department of English,

MFA with concentration in Creative Nonfiction

Goucher College English Department

MFA in Creative Nonfiction

Imperial College London

First UK Masters in Creative Nonfiction –Aimed at literary science writing than at the personal/memoir writer

University of Pittsburgh

MFA in Creative Nonfiction

>Oregon University School of Journalism and Communication

Masters of Literary Nonfiction

University of Southern California

Master of Professional Writing program with concentration in creative nonfiction

2: 2 Useful Industry Links

·        412: Pittburgh’s Annual Creative Nonfiction Festival This year will cover the ethics of writing creative nonfiction.

·        Bruce Dobbler’s Creative Nonfiction Compendium. A definition of the field through reading lists, examples and definitions by Bruce Dobler, Associate Professor of English in the Creative Nonfiction Program at the University of Pittsburg.

·        Fourth Genre (Journal of Creative Nonfiction) Forum. Has some excellent essays on nonfiction, including from Lee Gutkind, founder of the CNF movement.

·        Articles from the CNF journal Brevity on the craft of the CNF essay.

·        A brief description of creative nonfiction by Phil Druker of the University of Idaho .

·        Aaron Pope’s definition of creative nonfiction.

·        Definition of Creative Nonfiction in Wikipedia.

·        Creative Nonfiction Week held by Columbia College in Chicago.

·        Creative Nonfiction Magazine's mentoring program.

2:3 Ethics, copyright and legal considerations

·                    Writing creative nonfiction can bring up many ethical dilemmas: just how do you describe the bad points of a real person? Can you stretch the truth for poetic effect? The issue is the subject of The Creative Nonfiction Foundation’s conference: 412.

·                    Washington radio station, WTOP, article on CNF and ethics.

·                    An article from Frank Tempone, then-CNF editor of the Del Sol review, which discusses how ethical it is for Lee Gutkind and the Creative Nonfiction Foundation to claim ownership of the field.

·                    A comprehensive page of resources on US copyright and fair use laws from Standford University.

·                    Copyscape has a search engine which matches your site with others with identical (copied) pages.

·                    International copyright law resources from publisher Bloomsbury Press.

·                    The Authors’ Guild has a factsheet on US copyright, and also publishes news on copyright law changes. For instance, as this is being written, there is a bill being considered in the US Senate which would disallow authors from using branded trademarks in their work, making it a breach of trademark laws to write about a character going to MacDonalds and buying a Coke.

·                    To buy publications on creative nonfiction, click here.

2:4 Fellowships, grants, awards and competitions

 I’ve omitted many grants on the grounds that they’re only available to US or UK citizens.

Table 7: International Fellowships and Grants[xiv]

Grant Title

Amount per annum

Who is eligible, and what for?

Fine Arts Work Centre, Provincetown, Massachusetts USA Winter Fellowships

Living accommodation and stipend of $500 per month.

6 month residential fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Centre.

Arts Council of the UK


UK citizens and residents can apply for various grants.

Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire, USA, George Bennett Fellowship

One year Stipend of $10,000

Includes living expenses and meals for fellow and family. Responsible for mentoring students in writing.

Millay Colony residential program, Austerlitz, New York, USA.

one month residency

Commune-like retreat for artists and writers.

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships

$20,000 for writing, research, travel and general career advancement

For writers of creative nonfiction who have published five essays in two or more journals, or a volume. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA.

Table 8: International Prizes and Awards for creative nonfiction works

Note: All prize moneys are in the currency of the nationality of the contest.

Prize Title






Age Concern Book of the Year (UK)



Award for a work of nonfiction judged to best promote the understanding of older people.

Associated Writing Programs Annual Award Series (US)


From 150-300 pages

Award for a manuscript of creative nonfiction, open entry.

Bellingham Review Annie Dillard Award for Nonfiction (US)

Annie Dillard

Bellingham Review

Mail Stop 9053

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA 98225



Nonfiction prose in the style of Annie Dillard, known for her spiritual/nature writing.

Briar Cliff Review Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contest (US)



Hard copy entry, guidelines on website.

Creative Nonquiction Contest (US)

$250 plus entry fee pool

< 250

Run by Brevity, Web del Sol and 5 Trope magazines. Flash nonfiction. Was run in 1999, may be defunct?

IP Picks 2007 National Writing Competition (US)


Book length

Unpublished book manuscripts.

Literal Latte Essay Award (US)



All styles and subjects welcome.

Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award (US)


Book length

Authors first or second nonfiction book on a historical subject. Publisher entry only.

Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction



“No theoretical, scholarly, or critical essays will be considered, but all other approaches and topics are welcome”

Marylhurst University Journal of Literary and Visual Arts (US)

M Magazine annual competition



Has a creative nonfiction section.

Nervy Girl Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest (US)



Personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary nonfiction in some way pertaining to the theme “Awakening.”

New Writing Ventures prize for Creative nonfiction (UK)



Administered by the UK charity, Booktrust, for the New Writing Partnership. Seems to be open to anyone.

Orwell Prize (UK)


Book length

Good, accessible prose about politics, political thinking or public policy.

Preservation Foundations Nonfiction Contest (US)



For unpublished authors only. Entry is free.

Prairie Fire Writing Competition (Canada)



Run by a Canadian print magazine of new writing. Hard copy submission only.

PRISM International Literary Nonfiction Prize (Canada)


25 pages

Must be no more than 25 pages of double spaced typing on US-sized paper.

Richard J Margolis Award (US)



Given to an essayist whose work combines “warmth,  humo[u]r, wisdom and concern with social justice.”

Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction (UK)


Book length

Awarded to a work of nonfiction by an author of any nationality, on current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, and autobiography. Publisher entry only.

Surrey International Writers' Conference Writing Contest (Canada)

$C 1,000


Annual contest open to anyone over 18. Has a nonfiction section.

Tenessee Writers Alliance Creative Nonfiction Award (US)



See website for more information.

The Charles Taylor Prize for Creative Nonfiction


Book length

Given to a work of Canadian-authored creative nonfiction

The New Writer Magazine: Prose and Poetry Prizes 2006. (US)

PO Box 60, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2RE tel 01580 212626; fax 01580 212041;

1st prize £150


One division is for essays, on a writing-related or literary theme.

Women Writers Conference Creative Nonfiction Contest (US)

$500 plus con admis-sion


See website for more information.

2:5 Major print journals publishing creative nonfiction essays

The most important journals devoted to creative nonfiction are River Teeth, The Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, The New Yorker, and Harper’s Magazine (all listed below). The first three arise from the Creative Nonfiction movement, and would probably be the easiest for the novice to try for publication. Conversely, it would be nearly impossible for a novice to get published in the latter two! Also of note is the online journal Brevity, which has some useful archives and forums on writing creative nonfiction. Most offer only a token payment, if at all.

It's best to read the journals beforehand to gauge the magazines’ aesthetics.

Most of these journals require hard copy submissions, in the following format:

·  12 point Times New Roman font

·  Double spaced, on single side of page

·  Brief biography

·  Pages numbered

·  Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, with international post coupons. Some allow for an email address for reply.

·  On US standard sized paper.

·  And remember:  set your spell-check for US spelling!

Table 9: International Print Journals accepting creative nonfiction

(Note: Important journals in the field are asterisked*)


Word Length

Submit via



American Literary Review

P.O. Box 311307

University of North Texas Denton, TX 76203-1307 USA


Hard copy

Academic literary

Publishes personal essays, memoirs, experimental nonfiction and literary journalism. Reading period is September 1 to May 1.


Areté Ltd.

8 New College Lane, Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom


Hard copy

Independent arts

Quality journal publishing quality literature from established authors.

Ballyhoo Stories


P.O. Box 170

Prince Street Station New York, NY 10012


Hard copy

Independent arts

Annual journal publishing fiction & creative nonfiction. Cute flash site. 2007 theme is ‘particles and stars’.

Brick – A Literary Journal

Box 537, Stn Q

Toronto, ON     M4T 2M5




Independent arts, Canadian tradition

“Journal of ideas” Publishes only nonfiction, i.e. personal essay, memoir, critique, etc. There’s a Helen Garner article in the current issue.

Cake Train—a journal and press

Box 82588

Pittsburgh, PA 15218 USA

None specified

Email submissions as MSWord attachments

Independent arts


The Capilano Review

2055 Purcell Way

North Vancouver, B.C.

V7J 3H5 Canada


Hard copy


Canadian arts

Prestigious journal publishing experimental literature. Pays $CAD 50 per page, max $CAD 200.

Chattahoochee Review The Chattahoochee Review          

2101 Womack Road           

Dunwoody, Georgia 30338-4497 USA


Hard copy

Independent arts

“We look for distinctive topical essays and personal "creative nonfiction" of any kind.”

Specifically not an academic audience


Creative Nonfiction Magazine By the Creative Nonfiction Organisation


Hard copy

Creative nonfiction movement journal

Offers publication and mentorship. Reading fee is $US20.00 (!) $10 per printed page


PO Box 314,

Station P
Toronto, ON
M5S 2S8


Hard copy

Prestigeous Canadian arts magazine

Accepts ‘well written’ essays—asks that you only send your ‘best, carefully edited work’

Doubletake/Points of Entry

Department of English
1 University Place
Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA 23606


Hard copy

Academic literary

Accepts topical, documentary or scholarly essays. Pays 2 copies of journal


Fourth Genre

Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Michigan State University

285 Bessey Hall

East Lansing, MI 48824


Hard copy

Creative nonfiction move-ment; academic literary

Quarterly print and online journal devoted entirely to literary nonfiction. Website has an impressive forum section


2-3 Hanover Yard
Noel Road
London N1 8BE
United Kingdom


Hard copy

Independent arts mag

Publishes only creative nonfiction with a long ‘shelf life’ (as publication can take a while).



Email as MSWord or RTF attachment

Amateur independent  journal

Journal of poetry and creative nonfiction.


Harper’s Magazine

666 Broadway, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10012

Not given anywhere

Hard copy

Mainstream literary

Publishes one or two creative nonfiction essays per month. Contact first with a written query before submitting.

The Harvard Review

Lamont Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138   USA


Hard copy, overseas, email okay

Academic literary

Academic literary review

Headlight Journal

<500 words


Amateur/ small

Prefers experimental texts.

Michigan Quarterly Review

University of Michigan
3574 Rackham Bldg.
915 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070 USA

1,500 to 7,000 with 5,000 words average. 

Hard copy


Prestigious. Each issue is themed.

Missouri Review

No word limit.

Online, as DOC, RTF, TXT or PDF attachments


Publishes a few nonfiction essays per issue, should be of general interest. More about submission here.

The New Yorker

4 Times Square

New York, NY 10036 USA


Email, text in body of email

Mainstream literary

Very wordy-witty (NY Jewish humour) style, would be extraordinarily unlikely to publish a newcomer.


Emerson College.


Upload to submission page


Accepts one nonfiction personal essay per issue. Pays $25 per printed page to a max of $250.00.

Quarterly West

255 S. Central Campus Dr., Room 3500 

Department of English

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA


Hard copy


Print Literary journal of the University of Utah

Publishes creative nonfiction. Submissions Sept-May only. Pays 2 copies of magazine


River Teeth

Department of English
Ashland University
Ashland, OH 44805

None mentioned

Hard copy

Academic, creative nonfiction movement

Biannual journal of creative nonfiction. Has had essays accepted into Best American Essays, 2005. Publishes narrative reportage, essays, memoirs, critical essays of general interest.

Slow Trains


Email, text in body of email

Independent literary

Quarterly Online and annual print literary journal.

Threepenny Review

PO Box 9131
Berkeley, CA 94709 USA


Hard copy

Independent literary

No submissions between Sept-Dec inclusive. Publishes narrative memoir. Prefers traditional, non-experimental forms of narratives.

Topic Magazine

No word limit

Email, text in body of email


Quarterly print nonfiction literary magazine published by Cambridge grads. Publishes nonfiction with a strong narrative.


Tiny Lights

P.O. Box 928


CA 94953 USA

either standard 1000-2000 words, or flash <1,000 words

Hard copy


A print journal devoted to ‘personal narrative’. Submit by entering their biannual essay contest.

The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Virginia Quarterly Review

One West Range, Box 400223

Charlottesville, VA 22904-4223


None specified

Hard copy


Distinguished literary review. Publishes several ‘well-written’ traditional essays per issue. Closed to submissions between June and September

Part 3: Creative nonfiction in the new media

Like all writing, creative nonfiction has some excellent outlets on the Internet. There are dangers, though, with publishing on one of these sites. You should make sure that you are convinced of both the quality of the journal, and that the work is your best, because since the advent of Google, your name may be linked in perpetuity with substandard piece, on a dodgy site. Secondly, amateur journals can have a very short lifespan, and there is the possibility that they may disappear completely, taking all traces of your work with them.

Table 10: Online literary journals publishing creative nonfiction


Word Length

Submit via


The Absinthe Review



High-quality experimental literature. Essays must be on a literary subject. Pays $2-20 per essay

Australian Reader


Submission by email:

Open to all, less established, lower quality.

Beehive – hypertext/hypermedia literary journal


Submit via email with attached file. Contact first with idea.  

From the site “We are interested in new fiction, hypertext projects, poetry, critical theory essays, art and art historical essays. Our editorial policy is open – we are not limited to any specific genre or subject. We are most interested in writing that challenges...”

* Brevity Biannual journal associated with the Creative Nonfiction Organisation


Email submissions as MSWord attachments

Flash creative nonfiction


Chicago based literary journal

3114 S. Wallace Street Suite 2
Chicago, IL 60616


Submissions by email only

Accepts creative, literary essays of any length, must be more creative than academic. Usually pays a token $20 per published article.

Del Sol Review

None stated

Either in text of email or as RTF attachment

Independent literary arts review

Dotlit Online Journal                          


Submit as email attachment

Publishes new and innovative writings including creative nonfiction and hypertext, supported by the Queensland University of Technology


None specified, but most are less than 2,000

Submissions by email only

Publishes creative nonfiction essays (amongst other things). Issues are archived indefinitely

Flak Magazine



American youth oriented culture commentary. Guidelines ask that submissions be witty, brief,  and avoiding first person references.



As text in email

Flash fiction site

Going Down Swinging

Max 5,000

Email with MS word attachment

Established, has some quality contributors, i.e. Kevin Brophy. Only submissions received between 1 April and 30 June will be considered.

Ink and Ashes

Chicago based online journal



Only accepts creative nonfiction or poetry, no fiction. Prose tends to be lyrical.

Jacket Magazine

None specified

Online submission

A high arts online literary magazine, mainly for poetry but also publishes about 5 or 6 essays or articles per month.

Literal Latté

200 East 10th Street, Suite 240

New York, NY 10003

Tel: (212) 260-5532


Hard copy only

Stories or personal essays. Has published some very accomplished authors. Tone is light, spare and erudite.

Literary Mama online journal


Email as attachment

By and for literary mothers!

Per Contra

Miriam Kotzin

Suite 10B

250 South 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19l07-5615


Only given when submissions are open

Online literary magazine publishing creative nonfiction. Submissions seem to be closed at the moment.

Projected Letters

None specified


Well-established online literary journal. Publishes all sorts of nonfiction, but stipulates that any essays be authoritative and well referenced.

3 AM



More amateur online literary journal, tends to be irreverent.

Word Riot

either 1000-5,000 words, or less than 500

Submissions in text of email

Publishes ‘edgy’, ‘raw’, ‘experimental’ pieces, including creative nonfiction. Reads a bit amateur to me.



These are all from the members lounge section of the ACT Writers’ Centre webpage:

*29 September - 2006 Trudy Graham Literary Awards. For short stories up to 3000 words and poems up to 50 lines. Theme: memoir. Entry fee: $5 per entry. Prizes in both sections: 1st $400, Runner-up $100.  An entry form is required and is available by sending a SSAE to The Receiving Officer, Trudy Graham Literary Award, Peter Cowan Writers Centre, PO Box 239, Joondalup WA 6919.

30 September - Whim's Place Flash Fiction Contest. Stories must be 500 words or less. Each entry fee is US$5, and you may enter as many stories as you like. The entry fee is payable through PayPal. Entries may be submitted online or by post. 1st place US$250, 2nd US$150, 3rd US$100 plus five honourable mentions of US$50 each. For more information visit Queries to

30 November - Fellowship of Australian Writers (Vic) Incorporated 2006 NATIONAL LITERARY AWARDS Book Awards
1. FAW MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PUBLISHING AWARD Entry Fee $15 Sponsored by Melbourne University Publishing First Prize: $1000 An award for a NON-FICTION work, including biography and autobiography, of sustained quality and distinction with an Australian theme, first published after 30/11/05, and not previously published locally or overseas. Two copies of the book are required and will not be returned. Books published by Melbourne University Publishing ARE eligible for entry, as the judges for this Award are independent of MUP.

Overseas competitions

30 November - The New Writer Magazine: Prose and Poetry Prizes 2006. One of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection - special edition of The New Writer magazine each July. Essays, Articles, Interviews - covering any writing-related or literary theme in its widest sense up to 2,000 words. 1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50. Single entry £4 (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee). Short Stories, Serials/Novellas - stories up to 4,000 words, serials/novellas up to 20,000 words on any subject or theme, in any genre (not children's). Previously published work is not eligible. Short Stories: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Novella: 1st prize £300. Entry fees £4 per short story (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee) or £10 per serial/novella. Single Poems and Collections - single poems up to 40 lines and collections of between 6 - 10 poems. Single poem entries must be previously unpublished; previously published poems can be included as part of a collection. Collection: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Single: 1st prize £100, 2nd £75, 3rd £50. Entry fee £4 per single poem (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee, £10 per collection. All work should be clearly typed, double-spaced (except poetry), on one side of white A4 paper and paperclipped. Entrants may make as many ubmissions as they wish but please include your name, address, title of entry, word count and category on a separate cover sheet with every entry. A full list of winners will be sent provided SAE is enclosed. Further information including guidelines and entry fees at or send SAE for printed entry form to The New Writer, PO Box 60, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2RE tel 01580 212626; fax 01580 212041;

1 December - IP Picks 2007 National Writing Competition

Now in it's 6th year, the IP Picks 2007 national writing competition seeks entries of unpublished manuscripts in the following categories: Best Fiction; Best Creative Non-Fiction; Best Poetry; and Best First Book. The winners are guaranteed royalty publication by one of IP's three imprints. Entries close 1 December 2006, for further information visit Closing Date:1 December 2006

Australian Book Review Book Reviewing Competition

PO Box 2320, Richmond South, Vic 3121 (viewed 11 Oct. 06)

Entry form is Acrobat Reader

Prize: $200.00 Readings gift voucher, publication, one years’ subscription to ABR. Review must be less than 800 words, and on a book published since 2000 by an Australian or with Australian themes. Due September annually, check website for dates. Entry fee: $15.00 non-subscribers, $5.00 subscribers

Australian-Irish Heritage Joyce Parks Women Writers’ Prize

PO Box 1583 Subiaco WA 6904

For prose, fiction or non-fiction, word max 1,000. Open to all Australian women. Themes change so check the website, entry fee $10.00, prize $200

Calibre Prize for Outstanding Essay

Entry form is in Acrobat Reader

Prize $10,000, on any non-fiction topic, essays must be unpublished and not on offer to any other publication, 3,000-10,000 words. Entries close end July, but check website for updated information. Entry fee: $20 subscribers, $30 non-subscribers.

Berringa and Beyond Multicultural Literary Awards

C/- Post Office, Scarsdale VIC 3351

Article of nomore than 1,800 words, on a multicultural theme. Entries close 30 November. Entry fee $5.50, 1st prise $125.00.

Ethel Turner Prize

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards,

NSW Ministry of the Arts

PO Box A226, Sydney South, NSW 1235

For fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for young people of secondary school level. No entry fee, Prize $15,000.

FreeXpresSion Literary Competition

PO Box 4, West Hoxton NSW 2171

Category D. Article or Essay up to 2,000 words on any subject. Entry fee $5.00, Prize $200.00

This seems to be a less professional publication. There is no online content and to find the competition guidelines you have to subscribe to the magazine. Therefore could be a slightly riskier proposition with respect to copyright. Christian values.

Hastings Regional FAW Literary Competition

PO Box 67, Port Macquarie NSW 2444


Three sections, one of which is Article or Memoir. Max word length 1,000. Contact FAW for a copy of ‘The Writers’ Voice’ for all current competition and contact information. Entry fee $5.00, 1st Prize $150.00.

The Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

For an essay, of over 2000 words, which advanced public debate, and was published in the eligible period. Prize $15, 000. Previous winners include John Button, Don Watson, Malcolm Fraser and Robert Manne, so probably best not to get the hopes up!

Todhunter Literary Award

47 Kitchener Avenue, Victoria Park, WA 6100

Can enter an essay of 3000-5000 (spoken) words, on a given topic. Closing date is 1 August, entry fee $15.00, First prize $2,000. Contact organisers for guidelines.

Northern Territory

Allen and Unwin Writers’ Centre

Jacket Magazine – (viewed 10 October 06)

Jacket is a highbrow online literary magazine which provides an outlet mainly for poetry in Australia, but also publishes about 5 or 6 essays or articles per month. Reviews, articles or interviews can be submitted for consideration via this link:

Dotlit - (viewed 10 October 06)

Online magazine from the Queensland University of Technology. Emphasis on new and innovative work, including hypertext works and creative non-fiction.

·  Submit to

·  Only unpublished work is accepted

·  Pieces should be submitted electronically, double spaced, in MS Word

·  Allow up to ten weeks for a response

·  dotlit is currently negotiating funds and hopes to offer payment for non-academic contributions in the future

Creative prose word length 4,000. Spoken word digital stories must be no more than 2 minutes in length

Australia: OzLit
A big, sprawling, strangely organised site with lots of resources on writing in Australia. Not affiliated with any group and doesn’t seem to have been updated much since 1999.


Soul and real food! A free, online literary magazine with ethical concerns which extends to providing free, vegan foods to underprivileged children in the remote areas of the Northern Territory. Submissions should be in double spaced Word attachments, pictures as jpegs to director (at) thylazine (dot) org

Beehive – hypertext/hypermedia literary journal

Highly experimental, but could well work a creative non-fictional essay into the format here.

From the site “We are interested in new fiction, hypertext projects, poetry, critical theory essays, art and art historical essays. Our editorial policy is open - we are not limited to any specific genre or subject. We are most interested in writing that challenges...

BeeHive accepts submissions as attached files in most common formats for MAC or PC. Poetry may be submitted in the body of an email message.
Please do not send content on initial contact.

Send queries to:

The Capilano Review

The Capilano Review has a long history of publishing new and established Canadian writers and artists who are experimenting with or expanding the boundaries of conventional forms and contexts. International writers and artists with connections to Canada appear in our pages too.


The Capilano Review is interested in experimental, venturesome writing and art. Our About Us and Issues links will give you a sense of the work we publish.

Please note the following essential details when you submit your work:

Enclose a self-addressed envelope. If you are submitting work from outside Canada, please include an international reply coupon or Canadian stamps.

Print your name and address on the manuscript.

For poetry submissions, send a minimum of 4 pages; for fiction, a maximum of 6,000 words.

It may take as much as 4 months to receive a response to your manuscript.

We do not accept responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts and visual art.

We do not accept submissions by email or on disk.

We publish with First North American Serial Rights.

Creative Non-Fiction Magazine:

American-based magazine of the Creative Non-Fiction Foundation.

Offers publication and mentorship, but at a cost. $20.00 American just to read your stuff!

Definition of Creative Non-Fiction in Wikipedia

Fourth Genre: - a journal for literary Non-fiction

From their submission page:

Self-addressed, stamped, letter-sized envelope (SASE) for reply.

Do not send disks.

Double-spaced, on one side of 8.5" x 11" paper.

Include your name, address, phone number, email address, the piece's title, and an approximate word count. Include a stamped and self-addressed envelope for return of manuscript. Please limit cover letters to one page.

Send essay and memoir submissions and responses to the journal's content to:

David Cooper or Michael Steinberg

Editors, Fourth Genre

Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Michigan State University

285 Bessey Hall

East Lansing, MI 48824

[i] Gutkind, L. What is Creative Nonfiction,, (viewed 26 October, 2006).

[ii] Frank Tempone, then-CNF editor of the Del Sol Review, came to conclusion that CNF techniques have been used at least since Egyptian funerary texts, and continually since then. He believed that the Gutkind’s CNF movement was more a justification for mediocrity.

[iii] The Best Australian Essays 2000, ed Peter Craven, Black Inc. Melbourne, 2000.

[iv] Information Sheet G78--Competitions, Information Sheet G81--Journalists and Copyright,

Information Sheet G57--Creating and publishing on the internet. Available on (viewed 26 October 2006).

[v] Mylchreest, I. 2001, Same old, same old libel laws, Findlaw Australia,

[vi] The Art of getting the grant, Susan Wyndham, The Age, March 5, 2005 (viewed 24 October 2006).

[vii] Most of these originally compiled in:

            Summers, J, 2000. Australian Grants Register, Mercury, North Melbourne.

            Australian Literary Awards and Fellowships, 2005. Thorpe-Bowker, Melbourne.

[viii] Many of these are listed in the State Library of NSW list of awards

[ix] All information condensed from entries in Australian Writer’s Marketplace unless otherwise noted.

[x] Meanjin, Palgrave Macmillan/Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton Victoria, 2005-.

[xi] Overland 177, O L Society, Footscray, Victoria, 2004.

[xii] Southerly, Volume 64:3 Halstead Press, Broadway NSW, 2005.

[xiii] Westerly v49, University of West Australia, Nedlands WA, 2005

[xiv] Sourced from Google search engine, and Guide to Literary Prizes, (UK) 2000, Book Trust, London.