“As any writer would tell you, you do this seemingly ridiculous task, often at ridiculous hours in the morning, not ever thinking anyone would see you or what you’re doing, and for a group of editors as esteemed and respected as the editors of Narrative to send a message in a bottle to you and say, ‘We see you, and you’re doing alright,’ I’m very grateful for that.”
—Ocean Vuong, Narrative Prize Winner


What’s $10? Another year of excellence in publishing. Because of your support, everything we publish—our ever-expanding 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 without walls or borders to readers, commuters, students, and teachers around the globe? We rely on YOU. If you love what we do, please show us some love this month, and give $10 or more. Every dollar is fuel for the editors, writers, readers, teachers, and students of the Narrative community worldwide.


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Your gift of $10 or more does a lot of work. It enables the discovery of new writers through our Narrative 30 Below program and our annual Narrative Prize for best emerging author; helps us publish more than 300 artists annually; funds our free, ever-expanding modern library used by teachers, students, and readers of all ages around the world, as well as the Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest in classrooms across the globe.


What did you love reading this year? Was it a Story or Poem of the Week, poetry by 2017 Narrative Prize winner Javier Zamora, fiction by Amy Bloom, T. C. Boyle, and Gail Godwin, or a new poem by Ha Jin? Was it a never-before-seen screenplay by Robert Stone, a breathtaking journey with Rick Bass, or the suspense of Joyce Carol Oates’s “Wanting”? An N10 interview with Min Jin Lee or a classic by Nikki Giovanni? Our small but mighty staff in San Francisco and more than a hundred volunteers worldwide work 24-7 to make it all happen. Your gift today makes possible next year’s bounty.


Our goal is $10 or more from every reader. Did you give $10 last year? Consider giving $25—or even $50. If you love reading Narrative, please take a minute to help keep us strong. And thank you, as ever, for being a generous part of the Narrative story.


Our thanks to you:
  • $10: Bragging rights, fifteen years’ worth of great reading, and our eternal gratitude.
  • $50: A year’s access to Narrative Backstage, where we debut new features, writers’ readings, and other cool perks.
  • $100 or a monthly gift of $10: A year of Narrative Backstage AND a copy of The Writer’s Life: Intimate Thoughts on Work, Love, Inspiration, and Fame from the Diaries of the World’s Great Writers, edited by Narrative cofounders and editors Tom Jenks and Carol Edgarian.
  • $250 or a monthly gift of $20: A year’s access to Narrative Backstage AND a limited-edition 12 x 12 print of the much-coveted Narrative “Tell Me a Story” heart. A heart tribute for the ultimate story lover.


  • Narrative is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and your gift is fully tax-deductible.