$10 IS NOT SO MUCH when you consider that there’s never been a magazine quite like Narrative. Everything we publish—a library of thousands of stories, poems, essays, and art—is free for readers everywhere to enjoy.

How do we manage to give away a complete modern library to readers, commuters, students, and teachers around the globe? We rely on our community. We rely on you.



What did you love reading this year? Was it a Story or Poem of the Week, fiction by 2016 Narrative Prize winner Sara Houghteling, an excerpt from Joyce Carol Oates’s latest novel, a poem by Yusef Komunyakaa, or fiction by Austin Smith, Ann Beattie, T. C. Boyle? Was it a lament of love from the pen of Federico García Lorca, a stunning journey with Rick Bass, or Marcus Wicker’s prize-winning poetry? An N10 interview with Will Schwalbe or Min Jin Lee, whose new book, Pachinko, debuted in February? Or a classic from Mark Twain? Your gift today will make possible next year’s bounty.


Our small staff in San Francisco and more than a hundred volunteers worldwide work 24/7 to discover, edit, proof, design, program, and publish every mind-blowing, heartbreaking, major-league piece in Narrative.


Won’t you join us? If you enjoy the excellence, the broad-mindedness, the depth and reach of Narrative; if you agree that everyone should pitch in to support the things they love; then please give what you can to Narrative this month.


Our goal is $10 or more from every reader. Did you give $10 last year? Consider giving $25—or even $50. Every dollar means the world to us.


Please help keep our story going. Narrative needs you.


Our thanks to you:
  • $10: The joy of standing tall for literature, fourteen years’ worth of great reading, and our eternal gratitude.
  • $50: A year’s access to Narrative Backstage, where you’ll be among the first to read new work, listen to N-Outloud readings, and enjoy lots of other cool perks.
  • $100: The chance to enter a drawing to win our stylish and sturdy Narrative tote bag, filled with a collection of Narrative Library books.
  • $250: All the above gifts, a drawing to win a personalized reading list designed just for you by cofounder-editor Carol Edgarian, plus our world-famous, capacious Narrative mug.