Fourth Genre’s Writer as Reader will feature essays that respond to creative and literary nonfiction, focusing primarily on a single work of nonfiction. Successful Writer as Reader essays will be neither jargon-laced nor disinterested, but will find a home in the personal and will tell a story about the author’s relationship with one particular work of nonfiction.

Writer as Reader essays are invited as responses to . . .

  • A personal essay or memoir
  • Literary journalism
  • Personal cultural criticism
  • Another work commonly classified with creative nonfiction

Writer as Reader essays may focus on nonfiction that . . .

  • Has influenced the author’s own writing
  • The author provides to students as an example of the genre’s possibilities
  • The author has reevaluated over time
  • Is widely influential
  • Is challenging due to its form, innovation, content, history, or politics
  • May be contemporary or from another historical period

Submit essays to be considered for the Writer as Reader feature at during the regular fall submission period (Aug 30 – Nov 30). Please identify in your cover note that the editor should consider your essay for this feature.

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