Brevity publishes well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form.
Bernard Cooper suggests that short nonfiction “requires an alertness to detail, a quickening of the senses, a focusing of the literary lens ... until one has magnified some small aspect of what it means to be human.” We fully agree.
Upon acceptance, we ask only one-time rights; all subsequent rights revert immediately to the author. Authors will be paid a $45 honorarium for work selected.
We seldom publish previously published work, but we aren't ruling it out. Please let us know if your essay has appeared previously, and where it appeared.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please alert us — by withdrawing your submission — as soon as possible if your essay has been taken by another venue.
Submissions should be formatted as seen on our Brevity site (single space, no indentation, space between paragraphs).
If you are wondering about the $3 fee, here is a full discussion of our reasoning. We are not getting rich: just struggling to keep this volunteer operation afloat.