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 Steinberg Essay Prize

We are excited to announce this year’s essay prize winner, Kaitlyn Teer, with her essay “Ossification.” See the prize page for more information.

Open Reading Period August 15–November 30

Go to between August 15 and November 30 to submit. Detailed submission guidelines available on the submission guidelines page and at

Current Issue: 17.2

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Last year at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Seattle, I sat in a large, high-ceilinged room that had no vacant chairs, listening to a panel of writers that included Judith Kitchen, all talking about the human presence in nonfiction. It was clear as the time drew to a close that no one wanted to leave, and that although the presentations had generated a lot of energetic conversation among all five of the writers on the panel, it was Judith to whom most people were drawn afterward. What I most remember is a lot of people between her and the door, and that in spite of the fact that she must have been tired, she was beaming.

I did not know Judith very well—enough for brief exchanges on our love of lyric gestures in the essay, and to invite her to serve as judge for this year’s Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest—but not nearly as well as the writers who have been gathered in this issue by Kate Carroll de Gutes to remember Judith’s legacy and influence on writers of nonfiction in the many venues to which she extended her passion and care. I’m deeply pleased that they’ve agreed to do so, and I’m honored to devote the space to celebrating Judith in her several roles among writers, teachers, and editors of nonfiction.


—From the Editor’s Note to Fourth Genre 17.2, by editor Laura Julier

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