Guidelines for submission
We welcome submissions of original nonfiction that has not already been published elsewhere (including the writer’s own blog or website). We do not pay writers. We aim to respond to all submissions within one month. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please let us know in your cover letter you’re also sending it elsewhere, and withdraw it as soon as it is accepted by another publication.
Please submit via our Submittable account, including with your submission a one or two line bio.
We publish original nonfiction writing including personal essays, lyric essays, reportage, narrative journalism and short memoirs of under 2,500 words. If you would like to submit something to be performed at our Manchester reading series, please keep your submission to under 1500 words.
Please note: We’re a bit different from some other literary journals in that we work with writers to polish and improve the pieces we publish. This means we may offer editorial feedback and ask you to revise your piece if we accept it for publication.
Writers are welcome to contribute to the Ninjas of Nonfiction series. Each post is a 400-800 word introduction to a writer’s whole oeuvre. Please include any links to the Ninja’s Twitter account, writing online, or online purchasing options.
We also publish reviews of nonfiction works new and old, including e-books, journals, and regular old nonfiction books. Get in touch if you’d like to propose a review. Authors and publishers may email us information about books available for review (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll get in touch if we want a review copy.
The Real Story is brought to you by Openstories, a Manchester-based writing organisation. It’s run by Kate Feld and Adam Farrer
Kate Feld is a writer, editor and journalism lecturer. She writes short fiction and essays, and her work has appeared in publications including minor literature[s], Neon, Caught by The River and Entropy. She works for Manchester Literatue Festival, too. She’s evangelical about creative nonfiction. Don’t ask her to define ‘creative nonfiction.’ She can often be found on Twitter.
Adam Farrer is a columnist, short story writer and spoken word performer based in Manchester. His work can be found at BBC Online, This Is Not TV, The MagPi, The Drabble, MacGuffin, Flashflood, the Tapes & Tales podcast and on his blog, The Unsmoked Pipe.
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