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, Molly Gallentine, with her essay “Powder House.” 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: 18.1



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