Ends on December 21, 2018

Our guidelines for Essays:

(see Memoirs for other guidelines)

Up to 2,500 words. Flash Essays, up to 750 words, are most greatly appreciated. We truly enjoy reading succinct, well-done quick-read pieces.


All double-spaced submissions will be rejected.

YOUR WORK NEED NOT HAVE YOUR NAME OR HEADERS/FOOTERS/PAGE #S. DON'T DO THAT ... thanks. Read the fiction Guidelines, if you think you might need an up to date, how to submit online bit of a tutorial ...

We love a quick, down and dirty description of a place. Amuse us with a character study, set the scene and then wow us! It's such a challenge to ask for Southern writing in sparse phrases. 

Notice that we will accept larger essays, 2,500 words +/- and, while we love essays about place, we'll consider whatever you send us. 

Creative non-fiction:

Wikipedia helps out here -- Creative nonfiction (also known as literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction) is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. Creative nonfiction contrasts with other nonfiction, such as academic or technical writing or journalism, which is also rooted in accurate fact, but is not primarily written in service to its craft. As a genre, creative nonfiction is still relatively young, and is only beginning to be scrutinized with the same critical analysis given to fiction and poetry.


Again, Wikipedia will further explain what we're looking to read here:

Nonfiction or non-fiction is content (often, in the form of a story) whose creator, in good faith, assumes responsibility for the truth or accuracy of the events, people, and/or information presented.[1] A work whose creator dishonestly claims this same responsibility is a fraud; a story whose creator explicitly leaves open if and how the work refers to reality is usually classified as fiction.[1][2] Nonfiction, which may be presented either objectively or subjectively, is traditionally one of the two main divisions of narratives (and, specifically, prose writing),[3] the other traditional division being fiction, which contrasts with nonfiction by dealing in information, events, and characters expected to be partly or largely imaginary.

Nonfiction's factual assertions and descriptions may or may not be accurate, and can give either a true or a false account of the subject in question; however, authors of such accounts genuinely believe or claim them to be truthful at the time of their composition or, at least, pose them to a convinced audience as historically or empiricallyfactual. Reporting the beliefs of others in a nonfiction format is not necessarily an endorsement of the ultimate veracity of those beliefs, it is simply saying it is true that people believe them (for such topics as mythology). Nonfiction can also be written about fiction, typically known as literary criticism, giving information and analysis on these other works. Nonfiction need not necessarily be written text, since pictures and film can also purport to present a factual account of a subject.

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