Published twice annually by Michigan State University Press, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction is a journal devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in literary (creative) nonfiction. We think of the genre as flexible, fluid, and expansive. We’re looking for essays in a wide range of forms–lyrical, familiar, personal, nature, environmental, travel, cultural, graphic. We love to read nonfiction that is self-interrogative, meditative, and reflective, as well as expository, analytical, exploratory, or whimsical. We want to publish the best literary nonfiction, pieces that reveal a love of the shape of a sentence as well as a line of inquiry. In short, we encourage submissions across the full spectrum of the genre.

But even more important, we want stories that haven’t been told, in voices that aren’t often heard, especially in mainstream literary channels.