Creative nonfiction incorporates tools of fiction–narrative,
scene building, dialogue, character development—to describe events. MEA strives
to maintain a strict genre boundary between nonfiction and fiction, so that
readers will know that a story is relaying actual happenings, as near as the
writer can recollect and convey, and is not based on interpretations and
substantive adjustments or imagined scenes and dialogue.
Remembered events are
of course fallible and very specific to the person, influenced by an
individual’s past experiences, perspective on the moment, follow on events and
so many other things. But there is real value in trying to convey events as
they’re remembered, being true to events as the writer understands them to be.
These recollections can always be rounded out or complimented by talking to
others who were there and including their perspectives.
There may be at times be a need to change a name or detail
to protect someone’s identity or not to violate OPSEC, but that’s a narrow
band. Writers are asked to be forthright when working with editors about any
You have a couple of options when submitting a piece to us, either of which will allow you to be considered for publication:
If you are willing to revise your work, one of our staff
will provide you with one-on-one consultation as you work through drafts. The editors assigned to you are professional writers, educators, and
published authors who have volunteered to help veterans learn the craft of
writing. MEA’s primary mission is to help veterans and family members build
their skills in creative expression, and we strongly encourage you to take us
up on our offer.
We also understand that not everyone is willing to revise
their work for one reason or another, and would just like to have their piece
considered for publication. We give you the option of having our editors
consider your submission on the basis of simple acceptance or rejection.
***Please note the following***
-One submission per writer
-Maximum 5000 words.
-Submitting and/or working with an editor does not guarantee
publication. Though all work will be considered, and every writer given an
opportunity to learn and revise, we simply can't publish everything submitted
-We will not, under any circumstances, consider work that
has been previously published elsewhere.
-By submitting your work here you are agreeing to MEA's
Copyright and Privacy stipulations located online at http://militaryexperience.org/copyright-and-privacy/
-Here are some specific guidelines from our editors for your reference: http://militaryexperience.org/how-to-write-a-story-that-mea-will-publish/
If you have any questions about the submissions process, please feel free to email the Editor-in-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org