Submission guidelines

Ramona Grigg
Indelible Ink
Published in
4 min readMay 8, 2019

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NOTE: As of today, September 30, 2021, Indelible Ink will stop accepting new submissions. Our publication has ended its run and will be archival only. I want to thank everyone who played a part in making this pub the success it became. I’m sorry we couldn’t compete after the changes at Medium and the influx of so many publications.

This was always a labor of love and I’ll never forget the family of writers we had the privilege of hosting here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Welcome to Indelible Ink.

We’re a publication dedicated to writing that resonates — activism, artistry, memoir, craft. We’re looking for good writing that speaks to us, that energizes, invigorates, entertains and/or informs. Indelible writing. Not timid, not passive, not careless.

We want nonfiction stories that read like the best fiction, that reach out and grab from the very first sentence. They need to be more than recitations of events. We want to feel something. You’re looking to engage the reader. The reader has to feel you’re writing for them. So you have to write for them.

We’re not looking for stories that read like a lecture or straight reporting, stories that look like they should be in a newspaper section or in a text book, stories that read like a list of the things you might want to put into your story when and if it becomes a story.

Three ways to tell you’re not writing creative nonfiction:

You’ve created a list.

Your last paragraph starts with “In Conclusion”.

You ask your readers what they think.

In CNF you’re striving for rhythm and flow, a magical mystery tour. If you write timidly, in the passive voice, this isn’t the place for you. The key word here is “creative”. Not all nonfiction is creative, but when it is, it soars, it speaks to us, it draws us in and makes us laugh or cry or think. It resonates. It stays with us. It’s Indelible.