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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?"
Roy Peter Clark
elaborates in his Creative Nonfiction article, "The Line
Between Fact and Fiction":
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
See http://brevitymag.com for
some great examples that balance both research and emotion—the personal
and the universal.
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).
Please leave your name off the document so your submission(s) will be blind.