Nobody’s Home is an online anthology of creative-nonfiction works about the prevailing myths, beliefs, and narratives that have driven Southern culture over the last fifty years, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The publication is collecting personal essays, memoirs, short articles, opinion pieces, and contemplative works about the ideas, experiences, and assumptions that have shaped life below the old Mason-Dixon Line since 1970. 

Submissions to Nobody’s Home should be accessible to a general audience with a reasonable education level, and may contain 1,000 to 5,000 words. Facts that are included in the work, such as direct quotes, statistics, or polling, should include sources to aid the editor in evaluating the work. Subject matter may be broad, covering a regional trend that extends over decades, but writing about a specific aspect of a more defined time and place would be better. The editor favors works that have humanity and warmth, that employ concreteness rather than generalizations, and that achieve a measure of clarity about a murky subject.

While this anthology is an appropriate home for thoughtful discussions of complex issues in Southern culture, it is not the right place for intensely academic, highly specialized, or baldly partisan works. If you’re considering submitting but are not familiar with how to write creative nonfiction in an accessible style, try reading editor Lee Gutkind’s brief essay “What is Creative Nonfiction?”

Please query the editor before submitting, and be clear in that query about your submission. When sending a query, please include a message that briefly explains 1.) the work’s subject, 2.) its length, and 3.) why you believe it is right for Nobody’s Home. The project’s published works are tagged with the categories listed below, so consider which tags would be appropriate for the work.

1970s • 1980s • 1990s • 2000s • 2010s • 2020s

Arkansas • Alabama • Georgia • Kentucky • Louisiana • Mississippi • North Carolina • South Carolina • Tennessee • Virginia

Arts • Books • Education • Family • Gender • Government • Music • Outsiders • Race • Religion • Sexuality • Work • Youth

Previously published works may be submitted, if the author has the rights to grant. Writers who submit previously published works are expected to be upfront about that.

Nobody’s Home is a constantly expanding online anthology where submissions will be read, edited, and added on a rolling basis. For example, works submitted in October and November will be considered for publication in November or December, and works submitted in December and January will be considered for publication in January or February, and so on. During that process, the editor may ask writers for revisions in cases where changes could clarify remarks made in the work. All works will receive a response.

Regarding rights and permissions, authors of accepted works will be asked to sign a general publishing agreement that allows the work to be published on the website. The author will retain all rights, with the understanding that, if the work were to be published elsewhere, Nobody’s Home would be acknowledged.

The project does not accepted submissions of poetry, fiction, or drama.