Nonfiction submissions should represent the truth. But what does that mean? At Atlantis, we believe nonfiction should be honest—to both emotional and eventful truths—that the author must use their best judgment to distinguish the lines between fact and fallacy. While we are inclined to both memoir and new-journalism pieces, we ask that submitters do not add false details and do not write to deceive. An easy way to determine this is to ask yourself "would the people I trust deny these events?"
With that being said, we still welcome experimental forms of nonfiction work if the writer's vision is clear and present. In fact, I encourage experimentation. But please refrain from submitting academic-style pieces (e.g. argumentative essays). We will not accept papers written to objectively argue a point. Research is crucial. But it shouldn't just be facts and no plot. We want our work to be creative, subjective, and personal. One rule of thumb is: does it tell a story?
Applicants may submit up to 10 submissions (total, in all categories). There is no theme! Prose submissions should be fewer than 2,500 words (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font).
Submissions are only open to all college students in North Carolina: graduate, undergrad, public, private, or community college.
Please leave your name off the document so your submission(s) will be anonymous.
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