Narrative Magazine is looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.
Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View the recent awards won by Narrative authors.
As always, [Narrative is] looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters [readers] can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. [Narrative] look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.