Ends on October 1, 2017

General Creative Nonfiction Guidelines:

Here at Jenny, we have a soft spot for pieces that have a strong sense of place and setting, or work with local Rustbelt or working class themes that are such an integral part of Jenny and our home here in Youngstown. However, we also love various other stories, so no genre is off limits.

For creative nonfiction submissions, we’re looking for pieces that take advantage of the “creative” aspect of genre. This means personal/narrative essays, bits of artistic memoir, humorous accounts of childhood memories, and the like. But seriously, get creative—just because it’s not fiction doesn’t mean it has to read like a term paper.

All submissions must be in accordance to the issue’s theme, if an issue theme exists. Failure to do so will result in rejection.


All prose (fiction/creative non-fiction) should be formatted as such:

  • One-inch margins all around
  • Left justified
  • 12-point font—Times New Roman
  • Double-spaced
  • Pages numbered (do not put headers with name, but including the title of the piece with the numbers would be appreciated)
  • We read our submissions blindly to ensure everyone’s work is judged on its merit alone. There will be a place for your name when you go to the submissions manager.
  • Word-count 1,500 - 7,000 words (we are willing to consider exceptional pieces that fall below or exceed this limit, but the work must be so good that it justifies making such an exception.)

Multiple Submissions

We accept only one submission per category at a time, as long as it falls within the word count.

Simultaneous Submissions

As writers, we here at the Jenny know that it can be frustrating waiting around to hear back from publications about your submission(s). That’s why we not only allow simultaneous submissions, we encourage them. Send your work out to as many different places as you can. All we ask is that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. Withdrawing a piece is as easy as going to your account in the submissions manager and clicking the “withdraw” button.

Submissions will be open from August 1 to October 1 for our Fall 2017 Issue.

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