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: 21.1 (Spring 2019)


The 2018 Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize winner is “Like A Shipwreck” by Erica Berry! Her essay appears in the current issue, Fourth Genre 21.1. Click through to the Prize page to see judge Robin Hemley’s comments about the winner and runner up.

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