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LONGFORM CREATIVE NONFICTION

Image is a color photograph of a bus stop on the side of the road in the middle of a field; title card for the 2023 CRAFT Memoir Excerpt & Essay Contest Winner, "Bus Stop," by Gabe Montesanti.

Bus Stop by Gabe Montesanti

June 21, 2024

  The nurse processing my intake at the psychiatric hospital looked like the kind of person with whom I would strike up a conversation while waiting for a drag show. Everything about her seemed to match, down to the color…

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Image is a color photograph of an open book with a uneaten red apple: title card for the 2023 CRAFT Memoir Excerpt & Essay Contest Winner, "Twelve," by Elissa Lash.

Twelve by Elissa Lash

June 14, 2024

  One Once there was a hungry woman. Some said she was a giant and some said she was a witch. That woman is me. She might be you. I’ve always been voraciously hungry. Even before the years I starved…

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Image is a color photograph of a barbershop with a yellow door; title card for the 2023 CRAFT ME&EC editors' choice selection, Excerpts from "The Space Between," by Herb Harris.

Excerpts from The Space Between by Herb Harris

June 7, 2024

  Prologue I must begin by telling you that I am Black. This is a very strange thing to have to say out loud. It is usually something self-evident that goes without saying. But my light skin and blur of…

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Image is a color photograph of a beagle running on the beach; title card for the 2023 CRAFT ME&EC editors' choice selection, "Racing," Excerpt from My Heart Is a Bomb, by Tori Malcangio.

Racing, Excerpt from My Heart Is a Bomb by Tori Malcangio

June 5, 2024

  Here they are, the two men in my life who have stepped forward in an executioner’s line. We’ll take the shot, they’re saying, as they assume positions in twin chairs stationed in every cardiologist’s office we’ve visited since my…

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Image is a color photograph of a wedding veil hanging by a window; title card for the new creative nonfiction essay, "Archipelagic," by Elisabeth Vasquez Hein.

Archipelagic by Elisabeth Vasquez Hein

May 15, 2024

  Is your mom a mail-order bride? I was once asked by a classmate in fourth grade while we sat at our desks making fake nails out of Elmer’s glue squeezed into the hollow of our plastic rulers. No, of…

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Image is a color photograph of a yellow toy ambulance; title card for the new creative nonfiction essay, "The Novel, The Map," by Hannah Grieco.

The Novel, The Map by Hannah Grieco

February 14, 2024

  Content Warning—suicidal ideation in a child   Right after my forty-sixth birthday, I begin writing a novel. It’s about a mother who loses all sense of personal identity while taking care of her very ill son. A mother who…

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Image is a color photograph of a judge's gavel and a pink piggy bank; title card for the new creative nonfiction essay, "Pawn," by Starr Davis.

Pawn by Starr Davis

January 17, 2024

  I am on the East Side of Columbus, Ohio. One street over from Lev’s Pawn Shop is an abandoned storefront where I met my ex-lover when we were in high school. He cuts hair now in a barbershop on…

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Image is a color photograph of person looking at a bike; title card for the new creative nonfiction essay, "Hott Lipps" by Matthew Clark Davison.

Hott Lipps by Matthew Clark Davison

November 15, 2023

  “Breaker one-nine, breaker one-nine. This is Hott Lipps. Anybody out there?” I release the button, light a cigarette, take a drag, then exhale. Today, no E., and almost nothing but static on the CB radio. The space heater tries, but…

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Image is a color photograph of a rusted helmet on display; title card for the new creative nonfiction essay, "This Shattering" by Wiam El-Tamami.

This Shattering by Wiam El-Tamami

September 13, 2023

  just before dawn   I. It started in the daytime, my sister says, I remember the light. We were watching TV. Mama and Baba were in their room, asleep. We heard noises that sounded like fireworks. It happened at…

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Image shows six cartons of fresh red raspberries from above on a wooden table; title card for the new creative nonfiction essay, "How We Carry the Weight of It," by Will McMillan.

How We Carry the Weight of It by Will McMillan

August 16, 2023

  We arrive in the raspberry fields when it’s dark. It’s dark when we pile out of our secondhand pickup. My father, my mother. My brother and me. It’s dark when we start walking the rutted, sopping dirt road that…

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