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Manuscripts in this category must consist of factual and literary writing that has the narrative, dramatic, meditative, and/or lyrical elements of fiction, plays, poetry, and/or memoir. (No conventional scholarly or critical essays.)

  • Your manuscript must include a single work that totals no more than fifteen pages.
  • You may submit only one manuscript in this category.
  •  Place only the title of the manuscript in the subject when you submit.  
  • Student's N# MUST appear in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of the manuscript.
  • Do not put your name anywhere on the manuscript or in the name of the file. If your name appears, your manuscript will be disqualified.
  • Creative nonfiction must be typed, double-spaced, in MSWord, with one-inch margins, using Ariel 12 pt font, and including page numbers, unless a compelling reason necessitates different formatting.

Nb. Creative nonfiction is “factual prose that is also literary—infused with the stylistic devices, tropes, and rhetorical flourishes of the best fiction and the most lyrical of narrative poetry. It is fact-based writing that remains compelling, . . . [and] that has at heart an interest in enduring human values: foremost a fidelity to accuracy, to truthfulness. Its very literariness distinguishes this writing from deadline reportage, daily journalism, academic criticism, and critical biography. It is storytelling of a very high order through the revelation of character and the suspense of plot, the subtle braiding of themes, rhythms and resonance, memory and imaginative research, precise and original language” (Carolyn Forché and Philip Gerard, Writing Creative Nonfiction).