Our next issue w_ll have the theme of Erasure, a t _pic certainly worthy of spe _ _ _ _ion. Think of erasure thematically, or think of it as an approach, or both. Our current issue is “What History Teaches.” Our next issue is “Erasure.” Do you detect a pattern here, an obsession of the editors perhaps? Okay, you’ve been given your speculative challenge so [Note: remaining text redacted]. 

Although we do not have a hard and fast word limit, we tend to publish essays under 2500 words. If, for reasons of financial hardship, you are unable to pay the $3 submission fee, please contact us directly at speculativenonfiction@gmail.com to request a fee waiver. 

Please note: the deadline for this reading period has been extended to April 7, 2020. 

We welcome craft essay submissions that explore the possibilities for speculation in nonfiction, or reflect on the role of speculative nonfiction in the wider field.

For an example, see Rachel Toliver's "Shifting Borders: Race, Class, and Speculative Placemaking" in issue #2 here

Writers are sometimes advised to write the book they'd most like to read. We invite you to write the book review of a book of speculative nonfiction you wish was out there, or a book that was never written but could have been, or a lost book of which there is scant evidence, or a book to be written in a hundred years. We invite you to consider the aesthetic qualities of this book and to use the opportunity of your review to push, adhere to, or reconsider the boundaries of speculation in nonfiction, as you see them. We see these reviews as furthering the conversation this journal seeks to encourage. We invite you to have fun. The limit is the limit of your speculation. Traditional reviews of nonfiction books that utilize speculation are also welcome.

Typically, we imagine these reviews will be no longer than 1000 words. Examples of the form can be found here

Speculative Nonfiction