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 We have also featured numerous previously-unpublished authors, and take a special joy in helping to launch a new literary career.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 Craft Essays, Book Reviews, and items for the Brevity Blog, see explanations further below.


Brevity Magazine Essays

We are now reading submissions for our January and May 2020 issues. You will also find the link here for submissions to our Fall 2020 Special Issue, “Experiences of Disability.”



Craft Essays

For Craft Essays, contact Julie Riddle at brevitymag+craft (insert @ symbol) 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.

Brevity Blog Book Reviews

Book reviews can be found on the Brevity Blog. 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 on our blog: single space, no indentation, one space between paragraphs.

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


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 issues related to the writing of creative nonfiction. Full guidelines for the Brevity Blog can be found here.