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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.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions, and does not offer monetary payment for accepted submissions.
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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 Open Fee-based

Open to nonfiction submissions through 30 November 2022 11:59 PM UTC (in 59 days). 11
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.
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
OK No No OKText format submissions
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Fourth Genre Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

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AccuracyWe have received 318 reports from 309 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported0 min | 77.9 mean avg | 64.0 median | 211 max days (44.0 std dev)
Responses94.34 %
Acceptances4.40 % of submissions accepted (123.6 avg. days per acceptance) | 4.53 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections89.94 % (78.2 avg. days per rejection) | 19.2 % personal, 80.8 % form, 0.0 % unspecified
Non-Responses5.66 %
Never Responded-
Withdrawals5.66 % (38.8 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending159 responses are pending (1 min | 20.5 mean avg | 22.0 median | 32 max days waiting | 9.3 std dev) from 158 different members This only includes pending reports of users who have been active on this site within the past 30 days

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: USD $4.00.
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 11 May 2022.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 19 Dec 2021.

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Fourth Genre Multimedia Essay Prize Charges fees for all submissions
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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2022
Last Checked: 29 Sep 2022 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 03 May 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 17 Aug 2012

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