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.

Fourth Genre is thrilled to announce the results of the 2014 Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize! See information on the winner and finalists on the Prize page.

Current Issue

FG 16.1 frontcoverVolume 16, Issue 1

“At its best, the writing we share in these pages hands us some of what I seek among my father’s papers: some sense to be made of a moment or an event that undoes us, some sense to be made when there is no one else to tell the story. Tracings. Taking up the matter of our lives—material, spiritual, genetic, malleable or rock-hard, inherited or invented, welcomed or not—and making something of it. This: what were you thinking?

We are often asking this question as we sit—separately or together—in the Fourth Genre office reading submissions. It’s the question that often frames our editorial staff meetings each Friday when we bring pieces for a more extended discussion and consideration. This, I think, is why I’m a reader, and a writer, and an editor working to bring into print nonfiction essays. Thank you for sending them to us.”

From “Leaving a Trace,” the introduction to FG 16:1, written by editor Laura Julier

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