Creative Nonfiction Seeks Essays on “Risk”
Deadline: November 6, 2017
Every decision we make, whether as individuals or as a society, involves some risk—whether physical or emotional, economic or legal, social or spiritual. Our comfort level with uncertainty defines not only our choices in any given situation, but how we live.
For a special issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we're seeking true stories illustrating the ways we balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain.
Possible subjects could be big or small, personal or public. We're interested in intersections between deeply personal decisions and those that affect larger communities.
- How is risk intertwined with life decisions like entering relationships, starting or ending a pregnancy, or revealing a sexual or gender preference?
- How do the risks associated with social interactions, whether online or in person, affect people's behavior or speech?
- How does risk relate to deeply held religious and/or political beliefs, especially within a pluralistic society?
- Why do some people actively seek risk, and how does this affect their quality of life?
- How are emerging technologies such as gene editing and artificial intelligence changing the nature of the risks we face?
- How do we think about and approach potentially catastrophic risks such as a large asteroid colliding with the earth, nuclear war, or the possibility of artificial intelligence superseding human intelligence?
Above all, we are looking for vivid narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—with unique insights into these questions.
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.