Hattie Fletcher

Hattie Fletcher has been the managing editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine since 2005 and is the editor of the monthly mini-magazine True Story. Essays she has edited have been reprinted in The Best American Essays, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing and have been awarded the Pushcart Prize. She has also worked on books covering such topics as end-of-life care, personalized medicine, education, mental health, and parenting. She was a coordinating editor for the Best Creative Nonfiction series, published by W.W. Norton, and is co-editor, with Lee Gutkind, of True Stories, Well Told from the first 20 years of Creative Nonfiction magazine (In Fact Books, 2014).

What I'm Looking For

Creative Nonfiction publishes original essays of up to 4,000 words as well as craft and criticism. Each issue of the magazine is organized around a theme, announced well in advance. Submission guidelines at creativenonfiction.org/submissions

True Story features new longform (5,000 - 10,000 word) narratives.

Sample Titles or Authors

"Wait Times", Joe Fassler (excerpted in the Atlantic as "How Doctors Take Women's Pain Less Seriously")
Toi Derricotte
Beth Ann Fennelly

What My Journals Are Looking For

Creative Nonfiction and True Story both favor narrative, as well as subjects that aren't traditionally seen as "literary"—we're interested in the use of narrative to communicate expertise and experience. We also favor nuance and detail, offering a generally immersive and in-depth experience for readers.