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Fourth Genre

Explorations in Nonfiction

About Fourth Genre: Devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in creative nonfiction, including personal essays and memoirs, graphic essays, experimental forms, and book reviews.

Contact Information:

434 Farm Ln, Rm. 235

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI  48824-1033

Editor: Laura Julier

Phone: (517) 355-2400

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Submission/Subscription Information:

Formats: print, online Genres: nonfiction, cross-genre, reviews

Simultaneous submissions: yes (see website) Postal submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions: no Reading period: 8/15–11/30 Response time: 16 weeks Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1522-3868 Founded: 1999 Issues per year: 2 Average pages: 224 Copy Price: $34 Subscription (Ind): $42 Subscription (Inst): $126

Publisher’s Description: Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction is a literary journal devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in creative nonfiction. The journal explores the genre's flexibility and expansiveness with works ranging from personal essays and memoirs to literary journalism, personal criticism, and graphic or hybrid pieces. FG publishes essays that are lyrical, self-interrogating, meditative, and reflective, as well as, expository, analytical, exploratory, or whimsical. In addition to essays, each issue features a substantive review section. The spring issue features winners of the annual literary prize.

Recent issues have included work by Brenda Miller, Rebecca McClanahan, Pablo Pinero, Don Stap, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Matthew Gavin Frank, Kathryn Winograd, Steven Church, Joe Bonomo, and Ryan Van Meter.

Fourth Genre is available at, in both print and electronic form.


last updated 04/29/2014