About Narrative


Mission: to advance literary art in the digital age.


A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2003, Narrative is dedicated to advancing literary arts in the digital age by supporting the finest writing talent and encouraging readership across generations, in schools, and around the globe. Our online library of new literature by celebrated authors and by the best new and emerging writers is available for free.


Vision: to connect writers and readers around the globe.


From its inception, Narrative has seen the digital age as an opportunity to create renewed, vital audiences for literary excellence.


Sometimes referred to as the PBS of literature, Narrative is free for all readers, but we pay our contributors well. Narrative serves as a virtual bridge to connect more readers and writers than ever before, publishing more work each year than any other literary periodical, and reaching readers young and old in schools and homes around the globe.


Values: Yes, reading matters.


Literary readers are more than twice as likely as nonreaders to vote, to volunteer, and to be active participants of the communities in which they live. They are more likely to be healthy, to be hired, to create art, and to achieve both academic and economic success. Reading encourages and develops empathy and emotional sophistication, logical thinking, clear expression of ideas, and the ability to comprehend complex and opposing thought systems. Reading opens minds and changes lives.


But studies show that literary reading is in trouble: more than half of Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four no longer read for pleasure, and less than one-third of thirteen-year-olds are daily readers of any book at all.


Despite the statistics, Narrative is more certain than ever of the need for great stories and their timeless ability to engage and inspire the readers who find them. In an effort to revive literary reading at a critical moment, Narrative is paving the way in bringing the best new stories to the digital world and to the generations of readers who live there.


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