The Drum Literary Magazine and are joining forces to bring you Zip-Code Stories, where listeners share their own stories about the neighborhoods that make Greater Boston unique. Zip-Code Stories invites WBUR's listeners to do the talking. Each month, we'll name four zipcodes and we'll invite listeners to submit their own stories about those zipcodes. You'll be able to upload your audio straight onto , and the best pieces will be included in The Drum's Broadcastr playlist. Each month, we'll be featuring one story on Radio Boston. Zip-Code Stories launched on Monday, August 8 2011 with a Daphne Kalotay's "Sunshine Cleaners," set in Brookline's 02246. Subsequent zip-code featured authors include Askold Melnyczuk (02139), Roland Merullo (02151), and Jennifer Haigh (02657). You can submit your work to Zip-Code Stories . For information on other ways to submit, click .
It’s worth mentioning that there is a $25 fee to SUBMIT to Creative Nonfiction. I know it’s a reputable magazine and many writers would love to be included in their fine collection of personal essays, but I find this fee offensive. There are many of us writers willing to write and submit for free for the exposure alone but to have to PAY to even be considered? Shame on them.
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 , which also helps keep the lights on at CNF.
At The Drum we seek poems whose voice, vision and music surprise us. Submissions may contain up to three unpublished poems. The poems should be submitted as a single file; you may also include a brief cover note. We are open to all forms and styles, but please keep in mind that The Drum is an audio magazine (with no print component), so your poems must thrive out loud.
We publish essays under 5,000 words in length, and fiction in a wide range of lengths, from short-shorts to short stories, no more than 5,000 words. We no longer accept unsolicited novel excerpts. Please note our new maximum length for short fiction. We have found that longer stories don't work as well in audio form and are thus looking for fiction that comes in at approximately twenty minutes of recording time.
A word about the essay form: An essay is not the same thing as a first-person narrative of events from your life. At least that's not all it is. An essay by definition attempts something, tries something out. It is not simply a story that is true (to distinguish it from a short story that is fiction). A good essay explores something, examines an idea or an event, reflects on an experience. If you have an essay like that, we are eager to take a look!
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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.