Brevity publishes well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form. We have featured work from two Pulitzer prize finalists, many NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, Qatar, and Japan. We have also featured numerous previously-unpublished authors, and take a special joy in helping to launch a new literary career. Over the past year Brevity has averaged 10,000 unique visitors per month.

Authors are paid a $45 honorarium for featured essays and craft essays. We are not currently able to pay for book reviews.

If you would like to read an interview with our founder and senior editor explaining his view of what makes a piece of flash nonfiction successful, you may do so here at River Teeth.

For information on submitting Book Reviews, Craft Essays, and items for the Brevity Blog, see explanations further below.

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Brevity Magazine Essays

We are open again for submissions. Please note that Submissions should be formatted as seen on our site: single space, no indentation, space between paragraphs.

BREVITY SUBMISSION PORTAL

 

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Craft Essays

For Craft Essays, contact Julie Riddle at brevitymag+craft (insert @ symbol) gmail.com with either a brief description of your idea or the finished essay. Submissions should be 1,200 words or less and formatted as seen in our Craft Section (single space, no indentation, space between paragraphs). This category is limited to essays that discuss the craft of writing, such as essays that focus on structure, or editing, or ethics.

Book Reviews

We do not review novels or poetry; only nonfiction titles. We are unlikely to review self-published books. Our reviews are hybrids — a combination of narrative and book review, and we recommend that authors read a few of our published reviews to get a sense of our style. Submissions should be formatted as seen in our Book Review Section (single space, no indentation, space between paragraphs).

Publicists telling us about upcoming (nonfiction) titles and writers interested in reviewing a book should contact Deb Hagan at brevitymag+bookrev (insert @ symbol) gmail.com.

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The Brevity Blog

While Brevity (the magazine) publishes the finest examples of flash nonfiction we can find, the Brevity Blog is the place to discuss the business of writing, editing, and publishing, the writing life, challenges, inspiration, favorite books (including classics) and favorite essays, conference panels, etcetera. Keep these in the 500 to 1,000 word range, please. We are not able to pay for blog posts.

The blog, like the magazine, reaches thousands of readers each month. We are always open to guest writers for the Brevity blog. Blog submissions (in Word, not PDF or Google Docs) should be formatted as seen on the blog itself (single space, no indentation, space between paragraphs). Blog submissions can be sent to brevitymag+blog (insert @ symbol) gmail.com.  (Essays meant for Brevity magazine, or those not focused on the writing life or publishing world,  will not be considered.)

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We also are happy to announce contests, calls for submissions, and conference information, but please follow these guidelines:

  • We cannot rewrite your poster or flyer into a prose announcement. You must send a prose announcement, ready to publish.
  • The blog’s readers are not looking for pure advertising: if you wish folks to enter your contest, submit to your magazine, consider your conference, give us some insight into the sorts of nonfiction your editors favor, or into the editing process, or the ways in which your organization features nonfiction, or the philosophy of your contest judges or conference faculty. In other words, our readers like to learn, not just be told to “patronize us, patronize us.” One example of someone who does it well can be found here.
  • Perhaps someone on your staff could do a brief interview with the director, editor, past contest winner, judge?

Keep information and announcements in the 250 to 850 word range, please. Submissions (in Word, not PDF or Google Docs) should be formatted as seen on the blog itself (single space, no indentation, space between paragraphs)., and sent to brevitymag+blog (insert @ symbol) gmail.com