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Animal Stories Wanted

Now's your (/my) chance! In my inbox yesterday evening was the following from the Associate Editor of Creative Nonfiction  . . . 


an upcoming issue, we're seeking new essays about the bonds–emotional,
ethical, biological, physical, or otherwise–between humans and
animals. We're looking for stories that illustrate ways animals (wild
and/or domestic) affect, enrich, or otherwise have an impact on our
daily lives.

Essays must be vivid and
dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a
significant element of research or information, and reach for some
universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We’re looking for
well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award one $1000 prize for Best Essay and one $500 prize for runner-up.

Essays must be: unpublished, 5,000 words or less, postmarked by
November 13, 2009, and clearly marked “Animals” on both the essay and
the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a
reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription); multiple
entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S.
(though subscription shipping costs do apply). Please send manuscript,
accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information, SASE
and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Animals
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Good luck!

2 Comments Post a comment
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    Thank You, Cia Bruno, Esq. Yes animals are inherently PERSONS!!!!!

    September 5, 2009
  2. Mary, you might be interested in The Bark's short story/fiction contest:

    First prize is $500 and publication in the magazine. There's a 3,000 word limit and a 12/31 deadline.

    Would love to see a greyhound revenge fantasy in the May/June 2010 issue 😉

    September 6, 2009

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