Assay publishes the best peer-reviewed critical scholarship of creative nonfiction to provide a space for work that elevates the genre in an academic setting. While there is no shortage of craft pieces and craft texts, the focus of nonfiction analysis has been on the art of the genre. Critical scholarship that studies nonfiction as literature, not simply art, is lacking in our genre. Our purpose is to facilitate all facets of that conversation to be a resource for writers, scholars, readers, and teachers of nonfiction.
Our online format makes research materials more accessible to scholars, but it also utilizes the available technology to expand the discussion. In addition to the written expression of nonfiction criticism, Assay provides the space for both written and video interviews with writers, as well as providing for more informal discussions of reading and teaching in the genre.
- We only accept unpublished material; we ask for first serial rights and the publication rights revert to you after publication.
- We DO NOT accept submissions of creative nonfiction and we DO NOT accept submissions of scholarly articles on fiction or poetry.
- We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is being considered elsewhere--and if it is accepted, please inform us immediately so we can celebrate with you.
- We read year round, though our response time may be slower in the summer and during academic breaks (and close to the release date of the next issue). Response time is generally within 6-8 weeks. If you have not heard in this time frame, please feel free to send and email and ask.
- We publish twice a year: September 1st and April 1st. We have no firm deadlines for these issues, though May 1st (for fall issue) and January 1st (for spring issue) are good benchmarks.
- Revise and Resubmit submissions will be treated as brand new submissions, without history or expectation of publication.
We are looking for formal academic scholarship on nonfiction texts, techniques, and authors. We welcome all critical lenses, from ecocriticism to postcolonialism and beyond, on texts from traditional to experimental. We seek a wide variety of texts and approaches. Articles should follow MLA style and formatting and be in the 15-25 page range, and must include a Works Cited page.
In the Classroom series
We seek submissions of 750 words or less for our ongoing blog series. Submissions should be provocative, in the sense of starting conversations with our readers. Because of the space requirements, language should be tight and luminous, the point sharp and bright.
- "My Favorite Essay to Teach": tell us about a favorite essay to teach, how you approach it, how students respond, etc. Give us a glimpse into your classroom.
- "Nonfiction Writers to Read": tell us about what you're reading. It can be an old favorite, a newly published book, a text you're teaching. If somebody has already posted on the book you're reading, feel free to send in a differing opinion on it. Our goal here is to compile a resource list of texts. You could also write up brief reviews of the nonfiction published in the new issues of literary journals, for this series.
- Click here to check out the In the Classroom archives.