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Dear Ones,

The following invitation comes to us from the Creative Nonfiction Foundation:


Call for Submissions:

End of Life Stories

Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays that explore death, dying, and end of life care, for a collection to be published by Southern Methodist University Press. We're looking for stories that transcend the "I" and find universal meaning in personal experiences. We hope to include stories representing a wide variety of perspectives—from physicians, nurses, hospice workers, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, family members, and others. We want narratives that capture, illustrate and/or explain the best way to approach the end of life, as well as stories that highlight current features, flaws, and advances in the healthcare system and their impact on professionals, patients, and families.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award one $1500 prize

for Best Essay, and two $500 prizes for runners-up.

Guidelines: Essays must be: unpublished, 5,000 words or less, postmarked by December 31, 2009, and clearly marked "End of Life" on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though subscription shipping costs do apply). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information, self-addressed stamped envelope and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction

Attn: End of Life Stories

5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Please share this announcement with anyone who might be interested in submitting work. Please email any questions to information@creativenonfiction.org.

Creative Nonfiction Foundation

5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

phone: 412.688.0304 fax: 412.688.0262


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