Genres Accepted: nonfiction
Medium: Online (2-4/year)
Circulation: Online circulation is hard to track, but the magazine averages 24,000 visitors per issue, and has 3,500 on its mailing list.
Tagline: A journal of concise literary nonfiction
About: Brevity quotes Bernard Cooper, who suggests that short nonfiction “requires an alertness to detail, a quickening of the senses, a focusing of the literary lens, so to speak, until one has magnified some small aspect of what it means to be human.” Brevity’s mission is to publish high-quality, very short nonfiction. The website includes a link to Brevity’s informative blog: http://brevity.wordpress.com/.
While Brevity has become a more prestigious publication than it once was, publishing Pulitzer finalists, Best American authors, international writers, and more, it maintains a dedication to publishing new writers—including “at least one” undergraduate student.
Analysis: Brevity is a fun publication. It’s probably among the more well known, prestigious all-online publications. And the editor’s name is Dinty Moore.
The pieces in Brevity are very concise nonfiction. As such, they are very distilled portraits of life, and have a very concentrated feel. When you have only 750 words to work with, every word must serve a purpose.
Hekman Availability: Not available