Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies

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.

General Guidelines:

  • We DO NOT accept submissions of creative nonfiction and we DO NOT accept submissions of scholarly articles on fiction or poetry.
  • We only accept unpublished material; we ask for first serial rights and the publication rights revert to you after publication.
  • 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.
  • 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: October 1 and April 1.
  • Submission periods are April 1-June 1 and October 1-December 1.
  • Revise  and Resubmit submissions will be treated as brand new submissions,  without history or expectation of publication. 

Our Process:

  • It is our policy to respond as quickly as possible while  maintaining editorial thoroughness of the peer-review process because we  are also writers and we respect the time commitment on the part of the  writers. For this reason, we encourage simultaneous submissions (but  please let us know if this is the case). If your work is accepted  elsewhere, please let us know immediately.

We seek to collect and archive nonfiction syllabi from many disciplines and on many topics. Please see our existing resource here.
Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies