One of the great pleasures of editing Narrative is the knowledge that our stories find readers all over the world, that one needs only an Internet connection and a love of the English language to reach us. Coming together over the same stories creates an intimacy otherwise impossible between far-flung strangers. Often we’ve wondered about our readers all over the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, Russia, Asia, the Pacific, Central and South America. We hear from many of you with queries about the magazine, and we’re curious too about the world where you are. What’s out the window, down the street, in town or out? What daily experience are you involved in or witnessing that would make a short, compelling read? We invite you to send us a short piece that will tell our readers about your world, or perhaps your state of mind, or heart.
Ideas of place may go beyond geographical location to a time or stage of life; a room or aspects of home; a role within a community; relationships that define a moment; emotional states; and physical conditions such as aging, athletic quests, and challenges. We encourage you to think creatively about place not only as setting but also as manner of being.
Please note: while the first-person narrator is often most common, we are also seeking pieces that transcend the self-expression observable in the first-person, present-tense memoir. Instead, we are looking for works that demonstrate a sense of proportion and perspective, an engagement with the world beyond the self, manuscripts that offer gifts of omniscient thought or feeling, and insight that enhances a reader’s sense of connection and possibility.
Submission Fee: There is a $23 fee for each submission. And with your submission, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.
Formatting Your Manuscript: Your manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and double-spaced. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. You may also include a brief biographical note with your submission.