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Publishing the best in literary nonfiction since 1999. Here at Fourth Genre, we’re devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in nonfiction. We curate works across the full spectrum of the genre. Given the genre’s flexibility and expansiveness, we welcome a variety of works ranging from personal essays and memoirs to literary journalism and personal criticism. We showcase works that are lyrical, self-interrogative, meditative, and reflective, as well as expository, analytical, exploratory, or whimsical. Our journal fosters a writer-to-reader conversation, one that explores the markers and boundaries of literary/creative nonfiction.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1999

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Nonfiction Temp Closed

Will be open to submissions from 01 September 2022 12:00 AM UTC (in 220 days) through 30 November 2022. 3
Open to a broad Audience.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Humorous, Literary, Personal.
Open to all/most Topics, including: Lifestyle (Food and Drink), Literature/Books (See guidelines), Memoir, Nature/Environment, Travel.
TypeLength Details
Review ReviewNo specific word count limits known.
Essay EssayUp to 8,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 8,000 words.
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No monetary payment No monetary payment.
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Fourth Genre Multimedia Essay Prize Charges fees for all submissions
Fourth Genre Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize Charges fees for all submissions


Last Updated: 30 Nov 2021
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Date Added: 17 Aug 2012

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