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Fourth Genre – NONFICTION

November 30, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Here at Fourth Genre editorial we are thirsty for essays that give us something to drink besides mainstream ideologies and forms, that showcase imagination and meaning-making capacities, that embrace a love of a sentence’s shape. We believe good essays center the margin or marginalize the center, or even better, blow up the center-margin borders. We want essays that make the common uncommon—that are not about the things they pretend to be about. You know, the essay about your shoelace that’s not really about your shoelace. We want to read more essays that reflect the intersections of race, ethnicity, culture, class, identity, gender, sexuality, diasporas, borderlands; and more essays that are cultural, lyrical, experimental, personal, environmental, self-interrogative, meditative, and reflective, as well as expository, analytical, exploratory, or whimsical. We want to publish the best creative nonfiction essays, understanding that notions of “best,” of taste and genre, are political and cultural.

Submission Guidelines

  • General Submissions: Accepted September 1 – November 30 only. Authors selected for publication paid with two (2) complimentary copies of the journal.
  • Please include an approximate word count. No need to include a bio.
  • Please be sure your name does not appear on the manuscript, either on the front page or in the headers or footers.
  • 8,000 word limit for general submissions.
  • During the fall reading period, we ask that you submit only one piece per author.
  • Simultaneous submissions require immediate notification to Fourth Genre if accepted elsewhere.


  • Although we love graphic and visual elements in essays, we cannot print the inside pages in color. Any image in your essay must be effective in gray scale.
  • All images must be minimum 300 dpi at planned publication size.
  • It is the author/researcher’s obligation and responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright and/or other use restrictions prior to submitting materials to MSU Press for publication.
  • Citations, permissions, and captions are required upon submission for all images, including those derived from the internet.
  • Use the Fourth Genre Permission Request Letter to obtain permission from image’s rightsholder.
  • MSU Press cannot publish such materials until written clearance is obtained.


November 30, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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