Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction

We invite you to experience Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, a journal devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in nonfiction. 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. The editors invite works that are lyrical, self-interrogative, meditative, and reflective, as well as expository, analytical, exploratory, or whimsical. In short, we encourage submissions across the full spectrum of the genre. The journal encourages a writer-to-reader conversation, one that explores the markers and boundaries of literary/creative nonfiction.

Editor: Laura Julier, Michigan State University

Current Issue: 21.2 (Fall 2019)


Featured Essays from 21.2:

Editor’s Note, “Silences

Writing about Others: A (Continued) Convesation,” featuring Dawn Davies, Maribeth Fischer, Vince Granata, EJ Levy, Kathleen
Livingston, Kerry Reilly, Sheryl St. Germain, Marin Sardy, and Melissa
Stephenson, “Writing about Others: A (Continued) Conversation”

The 2019 Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize winner is “When to Tell Someone You Went to Prison” by Marco Verdoni! His essay will appear in the spring 2020 issue, Fourth Genre 22.1. Visit the Prize page to see judge Brenda Miller’s comments about the winning essay.

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