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Sue, thank you for the link to the article and for the information. Probably the biggest obstacle to figuring out what they want is what someone else brought up. A number of magazines don't put samples online, the magazines may not be available easily in some locations, and I can't afford to subscribe to all of them or even pay for copies at the prices of some.
Penny, one other thing: I have an article on my website about the various subgenres of CNF in case you're interested. You can find it here: http://tinyurl.com/ykduvs9 . Hope this helps!
Penny, one way to figure this out might be to know what kinds of creative nonfiction that particular journal publishes. CNF itself has a wide range of subgenres such as personal essay, memoir, lyric essay, meditative essay, etc. So if a journal, say, focuses on lyric essays then you wouldn't want to submit a piece that's memoir, or character driven. But CNF itself can mean many things! At least that's my take on this! Good luck with your work!!
Nichole: That sounds like a perfect set up to blog a book. I just attended a seminar by the author of the book by the same title. It was very informative and made a lot of sense. You may want to check it out. Thanks for your comments too.
Anna L: Your quandary over the all-but-invisible lines between the genres is exactly what has happened to my work this week. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about something in my journal. Last weekend it was suppose to become a brief blog post about homesickness. That blog morphed into an essay when I realized that it was actually a chapter of my book. Taken as a whole, that would-be blog post returned me to writing the book, caused me to unplug from the world, to unload the writing that had ached for release like a whitehead pimple. IOW, I can most certainly relate. What I've decided to try is to keep writing this book, especially since I'm on my final third. Once it's finished I can parcel essays from it for publication or break off smaller chunks like blog posts. Is that something you're thinking? I'm doing this to meet goals I've set but also to build platform. Anyone else going or gone this route?
Hey Julie F: Thanks for sharing those links. Looking forward to delving into them. Saludos,
Penny: Contests will specify if they want the piece character- or narrative-driven. But that's only for specific contests. Just as fiction is driven by characters or the narrative, so is nonfiction. I don't know of any publications that favor one over the other. Instead I find pubs are more concerned with memoir over essays or vice versa. Best of luck.@NicholeLReber
I'd like some comments from people in this group who've published creative nonfiction. When I see contests that have that category in the list, I'm often unable to find a way to tell whether they want a good narrative piece or want it to read like a novel with the characters telling the story and little narration. Of course, I look for previous winners and whatever other info may be tracked down. I love narrative writing, but the works I've had published were all character driven because that's what the publisher wanted. I'd like your advice.
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She Writer Anjali Enjeti has a fab new column on her blog: she's asking writers one question: When Do You Write? My answer -- as someone who Writes while Parenting -- joined the conversation this week. Would love to hear from other SheWriters: When do YOU write? http://shestartedit.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/when-do-you-write-saya...
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